The Eldorado Eagles offense never got going in Sonora on Friday, September 9th. The defensive unit accounted for Eldorado’s only touchdown in the 24-7 loss at Bronco Stadium.

When Bronco receiver Edgar DeLuna tipped a pass into the air, Jose Contreras gathered the ball in and returned it 22 yards for an Eagles touchdown. Ernesto Nava’s extra-point kick gave the Warbirds a 7-0 lead at the 3:49 mark in the first quarter.

The Broncos narrowed the gap to 7-6 early in the second quarter on a 31-yard TD pass from Jaime Buitron to DeLuna, but the 2-point conversion try failed.

Eldorado held the 1-point lead until just before halftime when Hunter O’Banon carried the ball 23 yards to pay dirt to give the Broncos a 12-7 lead with 28 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

Sonora scored again in the third quarter on a 72-yard TD pass from Buitron to DeLuna. The Bronco’s once again failed on their conversion attempt, making the score 18-7 with 5:23 remaining in the third quarter.

Buitron rounded out the scoring for the Broncos on a 39-yard run with 2:07 left to play in the game.

The Eagles defense played well throughout the game, despite the final score, with three defenders snagging interceptions including Marcos Morin with a pick in the end zone, Nino Tambunga with a 13-yard return, and Jose Contreras with his 22-yard return for a touchdown.

The Broncos concentrated on blocking the Eagles leading tacklers Sam Griffin and Garrett Porter. That meant Eldorado’s defensive backs had to step up and make tackles. Marcos Morin, Tony Kmiec and Omar Barajas did exactly that. Morin tallied six solo tackles and four assists while Kmiec counted for three tackles, 11 assists, a quarterback sack and a pair of tackles for loss. Barajas weighed in with a pair of solo tackles, seven assists and two tackles for loss.

Jason Covarrubiaz, Nino Tambunga and Ethan Elias received top offensive players from the Eagles coaching staff. Meanwhile, the top defensive players were Tony Kmiec, Jose Contreras and Marcos Morin with Contreras being named the Eagle Player of the Game.

The loss to Sonora gives the Eagles a 1-2 season record as they look forward to hosting the San Saba Armadillos at Larry Mitchel Stadium on Friday.

The Armadillos are 3-0 on the season with wins over Florence (46-14), Junction ( 18-6) and Johnson City (28-3). The Eagles defeated San Saba 42-20 last year.

The Armadillos will be the fourth consecutive team the Eagles play this year from 2A-Division 1. The Warbirds will open play in District 5-2A Division II on Saturday, September 24th at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland where they will face the Midland TLCA Eagles.