Lions play hard, fall short to Broncos

Zachary Talamantez sprints for the Lion touchdown during Friday's game against Sonora.

LION STADIUM - The Ozona Lions fought hard in their season opener against the Sonora Broncos, despite the 34-19 loss. 

"We executed well. We have some growing up to do in some positions. I'm proud of ya'll. You all played well," said Head Coach Kyle Freeman to his team after the game. 

It would be a back and forth battle the first half, with Sebastian De La Cruz scoring the first touchdown for the Lions with 8:25 left in the first to put Ozona up 7-6. 

Sonora would answer back with a Brock Aschenbeck pass reception. The two-point conversion was good by Evan Shannon making it 14-7 Sonora at the end of the first quarter. 

In the second, Zachary Talamantez found his stride for the Lions on a 13-yard pass reception from Quarterback Alec Lara. 

With 2:46 left in the first half, Orlando Garza would nail a 40-yard field goal and give the Lions a 16-14 lead at halftime. 

Sonora would strike first in the third quarter with Wesley Dutton scoring on a pass from Brian Van Winkle. Kick was good by Brandon Martinez to make it 21-16. 

Garza would hit a 30-yard field goal at the start of the fourth, to cut the lead to 21-19. 

Wilson Johnson then ran the ball in the end zone for the Broncos, after JR Velasquez had a 60-yard kick return to start the drive. The extra-point failed making it 27-19 with 9:20 left in the game. 

Ozona kept driving until Lara was forced to come out of the game with an injury. 

With less than two minutes left, Dutton would score again for Sonora making the final 34-19. 

Ozona (0-1) will play Iraan (1-0) next Friday (Sept. 7) at Lion Stadium. The Braves defeated Crane in their season opener, 27-7. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.


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