The San Saba Armadillos lost to the Sonora Broncos last Friday night in a game that some were calling the district title game. Both teams are expected to make the playoffs and some felt this game would determine who wins the district title. Ethan Morriss of Sonora showed why he is the All West Texas 2A quarterback. Morriss was 9-15 passing for 129 yards and carried the ball 24 times for 191 yards accounting for 4 of the Broncos 5 scores.
Sonora received the opening kick. Diego Gonzalez booted the ball through the end zone and the Broncos started at the 20. Morriss led Sonora down the field on a 12-play drive with Morriss sneaking the ball over from 6 inches for the score. The PAT failed and the score was 6-0.
San Saba responded with a 10-play drive that covered 76 yards. Gary Gant tied the game with a 4-yard run and Gonzalez kicked the PAT for a 7-6 Armadillo lead.
The Gonzalez kickoff went into the end zone but was returned to the 16 yard line. The Dillo defense held forcing a short punt giving San Saba excellent field position at the Bronco 32.
The Broncos held San Saba and Gonzalez came on to make a 36-yard field goal increasing the lead to 10-6 in favor of San Saba.
The Broncos started their next drive at the 23 yards line. A 40-yard completion to Cadesman Pope set up a touchdown run for Imoni Cross of 8 yards. The PAT was good and Sonora had the lead at 13-10. It was a lead they would not relinquish.
San Saba looked to be driving for another score but an ill-advised pass from Jack Whitten near the end zone was picked off by Sonora and returned to the 9 yard line.
Ryan Pannell returned the favor when he intercepted an Ethan Morriss pass with 0:52 showing on the clock. San Saba ran out the clock knowing they would get the ball to start the second half.
The Armadillos started the second half at the 23-yard line but soon had to punt. Max Palacio kicked the ball to the Bronco 45 where it rolled dead.
Ethan Morriss led the Broncos down the field for 10 plays before scoring on a 12-yard run. The PAT made the score 20-10 Sonora.
San Saba came right back with an excellent kick return by Jack Whitten to the Bronco 33. Zack Davis took an inside hand off from his wing position and raced the 33 yards for the score. The PAT by Diego Gonzalez made the score 20-17.
Sonora only used 5 plays on the next drive highlighted by an illusive 59-yard run by Morriss. Morriss scored for the third time from 1 yard out. The PAT barely made it across and the lead was back to 10 points at 27-17.
The Armadillos showed they were going to fight to the end by going 73 yards in 12 plays. Whitten scored on a 3-yard dash. Gonzalez made it a 3-point game with his PAT.
The Dillo defense gave the San Saba faithful hope when they forced a punt. However, the offense was unable to move the ball and punted back to the Broncos.
A return put the ball at the Armadillo 43. Seven plays later, Morriss found Cadesman Pope on a 4-yard pass for the touchdown. The PAT made it 34-24.
San Saba started to move the ball but the drive ended when Word Hudson caught an errant pass from Ryan Pannell. Diego Gonzalez soon picked off a pass from Morriss with 0:33 on the clock but San Saba could only get to midfield before the clock ran out.
Jack Whitten led the Armadillo rushers with 69 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. Gary Gant added 67 yards and a score. Luke Cox led the receivers with 3 catches for 31 yards.
In other district action, Ozona stayed tied with Sonora by beating Junction 19-14. Harper defeated Coleman 35-6 in Coleman. This week has Junction going to Harper, Sonora traveling to Ozona with 1st place in district on the line and the Coleman Bluecats come to Rogan Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30. Come out and support the Armadillos. Before the game stop by the Methodist Church for the annual VFD steak supper and some good food.