BALLINGER– The Sonora Broncos put up a solid defense, holding the Bearcats to 59 rushing yards, and Ballinger finished up its postseason last Friday night, November 16, at San Angelo Stadium, in the Bi-District round of the playoffs. Ballinger was defeated by a score of 35-10.
Sonora kept a close eye on Ballinger’s running back Zach Perez, who had 55 yards in 19 carries. Injuries also played a key role in the game. The Bearcats saw four starters leaving the field as the game went on.
By the end of the first quarter and in their third possession of the ball, the Broncos opened the scoring when Darien Lopez scooped up a fumble at Sonora’s 19-yard line and took it all the way across the field into the endzone. Kade Wimberley made the kick and with 42 seconds left on the first quarter Sonora took the lead 7-0.
Ballinger responded in the second quarter, after a long drive starting at their own 17-yard line. The Bearcats started a 14-play drive highlighted by a 35 yard pass to Anthony Rodriquez. Quarterback Jacob Rodriquez would later find Tyler McBurney into the endzone with a 13-yard pass. Clayton Worthington made the kick for the Bearcats to tie 7-7 with 3:00 remaining in the second.
Before halftime Sonora would again take a lead that would never loose for the rest of the game.
Right after the kickoff quarterback Michael Rollert made the big play in first and 10, when he found his way across Ballinger’s defense for a 50 yard run leaving the ball at the Bearcats’ 9-yard line.
Running back Chance Campbell finished the job with a 4-yard run finding paydirt, and Wimberley made the kick for the Broncos to send the game into the half 14-7 with 2:02 on the clock.
The Bearcats started the third quarter receiving the opening kickoff. Ballinger started the drive at their own 38 and would take the ball as close as Sonora’s 3-yard line, but in fourth and goal and after a penalty flag the Bearcats harvested only a 25-yard field goal by Clayton Worthington with 9:02 on the clock.
Sonora would put the game on the freezer with two touchdowns more, by Campbell (7:11) with a 4-yard run, and Hagen Kennedy (52”) who recovered a blocked punt inside the Bearcats’ endzone. Wimberley made the extra point kicks in both touchdowns and by the end of the third the game was already 28-10.
Sonora would put the cherry on the cake in the fourth quarter, with 1:54 left to play, with a 7-yard run by Campbell and Wimberley kick for the final 35-10.
Sonora moves on to play District 2-2A champion Post (9-1) on Friday in Clyde at 7:30 p.m.
Jacob Rodriquez threw 30 passes, completing 14 for 116 yards. Receiving Anthony Rodriguez caught 10 for 94 yards, Clayton Worthington 2-14.