Bold Gold's Cinderella Season Ends
Sonora 34, Post 10
Published Nov. 27, 2012 @ 7:30 a.m.
CLYDE - "I told them I was proud of them and know that they can accomplish anything they go after in life and overcome any obstacles that encounter after seeing the way they matured and grew this season," said Post's head coach Steve Smith to his Antelopes after the season ending set back to Sonora, 34-10, Friday at Clyde's Bulldog Stadium. "I know that the loss hurts, but it is a building block on where we want to take the program."
It was the unexpected air game of Sonora and Post's turnovers that made the differences in the Class 2a Division II Area Playoff game last Friday. Perhaps the bye week for the District 2-2A champs that was a negative for the Antelopes who finish the season with an impressive 9-2 record after finishing 2011 with just two wins and not qualifying for the playoffs. “I don’t know if a week off hurt us, but it definitely didn’t hurt them to play last week. All the props to Sonora and coach Phillips because they came out focused and just out-executed us,” Smith explained in a story on the Lubbock A-J's LoneStarVarsity.com.
Statisticly, the Bold Gold offensive production was fairly even with the Broncos. Post compiled 311 yards of total offense, all on the ground, while Sonora had 329 yards 96 of which was in the air.
Lope Dalton Holly returned the opening kickoff to give Post good field position at their own 38 yard line. Seven plays and two first downs later, Sonora intercepted a pass giving them the ball at the 21. For the rest of the first quarter, both teams exchanged turnovers and punts until Sonora scored first at the 2:47 mark when Kade Wimberly caught a 25 yard pass from Michael Rollert.
Sonora went on to score two more touchdowns before Post would get on the scoreboard with just under 3:00 minutes in the second quarter when freshmen kicker Aron Lopez kicked a 22 yard field goal. The first half ended with the Broncs up 21-3. “You must give Sonora the credit for coming out sharp and taking advantage of their chances. Call it a bit of youth mixed in with unfamiliar territory for us going against a team that was here last year,” Smith told The Garza Post.
Post was outsized at the line of scrimmage which disrupted the Antelope ground game as far as scoring goes. Although junior tailback D.J. Brown was able to break loose a few times for major yardage including a 91 yard jaunt for the final Antelope score of the game early in the fourth quarter. Also, late in the second quarter he ran for 52 yards from scrimmage which led to the Lopez field goal. Brown finished the night as the game's rushing leader with 229 yards on 19 carries, a 12.1 yard average. His counter part, senior Darien Lopez racked up 184 yards on 15 carries for the Broncos and the game's final score and longest run of the evening when he sprinted 97 yards for a TD.
While Sonora practiced close and hard hitting pass coverage not allowing Post to complete a pass on six attempts, Bronco quarterback Rollert completed eight passes, three for touchdowns, on 14 tries.
After the game, Coach Smith complimented his team by saying "I was proud of them and know that they can accomplish anything they go after in life and overcome any obstacles that they encounter after seeing the way they matured and grew this season."
The Sonora Broncos (9-3) will play Canadian (10-2) in the Region 1 semi-final at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mustang Bowl in Sweetwater.
Smith went on to explain that one of the factors for the team's success is "a desire by the school and community to return the Bold Gold Pride to the program and support it in such a way." is a factor Smith contributes to the success of the Antelopes program. "With our entire program winning (in 2012), the future looks bright and instead of this game being a new experience, in is one we will use to build on and learn from and hopefully get past many times in the years to come. Because I know the expectations from me and the staff certainly are for longer playoff runs."
You can relive the 2012 season with the archived audio podcasts on PostSportsRadio.com. When there, click the "On Demand" tab.
SONORA 34, POST 10
SON — Kade Wimberley 25 pass from Michael Rollert (Wimberley kick), 2:47
SON — Chance Campbell 2 run (Wimberley kick), 7:45
POS — Aron Lopez 24 FG, 2:57
SON — Hagen Kennedy 19 pass from Rollert (Wimberley kick), 4:41
SON — Kennedy 8 pass from Rollert (kick failed), 7:49
POS — DJ Brown 91 run (Lopez kick), 11:49
SON — Darien Lopez 97 run (Wimberley kick), 2:36
|Total Net Yds||329||311|
|Avg. Gain per Play||0.0||0.0|
|Net Yds Rushing||223||311|
|Avg. per Rush||7.2||6.2|
|Net Yds Passing||96||0|
|Yds per Pass||12.0||0.0|
Sonora: Darien Lopez 15-184-1, Chance Campbell 8-24-1, Elijah Cross 5-10, Michael Rollert 3-5.
Sonora: Hagen Kennedy 5-49-2, Kade Wimberley 1-25-1, Lopez 2-22.