SONORA— The Sonora Broncos started to stack wins after running all over the Coahoma Bulldogs on Friday night.
Last year, the Broncos lost to Coahoma 31-27 after turning the ball over a few too many times. Now, Sonora is on a mission and beat the Bulldogs 44-30 and running back Edgar DeLuna is showing why he is one of the best players in the Concho Valley. This one was an instant classic with seven lead changes.
The Broncos kicked off to Coahoma but got the ball back. DeLuna started the night off with a 53-yard touchdown run and after a missed kick, got the Broncos in the lead 6-0. Coahoma took it personally and sophomore quarterback Boyd Cox connected with his to-go receiver Austin Perkins for a 45-yard touchdown. The first quarter ended with the teams tied 6-6.
Coahoma kicked a field goal to make the score 6-9 after shortly after Bronco quarterback Juan Castillo slammed in a one-yard score and completed a two-point conversion attempt to Kam Aguero. Now, the Broncos are up 14-9.
About halfway through the second quarter, Bulldog running back Jaidyn Vineyard broke off a 65-yard touchdown run. After a successful extra point, the lead was switched again with Coahoma ahead 16-14.
Not long after the Bulldogs took the lead, DeLuna busted out another huge run. This time, he scampered 56-yards for another rushing touchdown. Sonora moved back into the lead 22-16 after another successful two-point conversion.
Inside of two minutes before the half, Cox hit Billy Bailey for a 10-yard touchdown pass and catch. The extra point was good and so Coahoma took the lead 23-22. This would be the score going into halftime.
After the half, Sonora was driving until they fumbled the ball and Coahoma’s Theron Ott scooped it up. Cox took this opportunity to toss a 40-yard pass to Landon Wells for a touchdown and ended up putting the Bulldogs up 30-22. Sonora may have started to sweat as they had a turnover on down after that touchdown. Time was slipping away and with about two minutes left in the third and the Broncos had eight points to make up, DeLuna took the rock yet again across the goal line from about 10 yards out. Sonora tried to tie the game but failed and left the Bulldogs in the lead 30-28 with about 14 minutes left in the game.
Bailey for the Bulldogs ripped off a couple of good runs as time dwindled down in the third quarter. Sonora needed a break and got it as DeLuna stepped in front of a Cox pass and intercepted the ball for the Broncos. While Sonora did catch a break, the teams had to exchange punts, which left about five minutes in the game.
Sonora’s Castillo ended up tossing a 35-yard touchdown pass to Eli Pruneda and ultimately put Sonora back in the lead 36-30.
Coahoma had a big pass but, with about four minutes, the Bulldogs fumbled the ball and DeLuna finished out the game with an 11-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion to put Sonora up two touchdowns, 44-30, with about one minute left.
COVER1 caught up with Sonora Head Coach Blake Weston after the Bronco’s win.
The Sonora Broncos travel up 277 in Week Three for a rivalry game with the 2-0 Eldorado Eagles.