MARBLE FALLS – Mildred had to make the three-hour trek to the rolling hills of Central Texas to earn the shortest trip of its postseason. A memorable one that will end in Arlington, at Cowboys Stadium.
The Eagles were at times frustrating, at times dominating, and at all times ahead on the scoreboard in a 28-14 Class 2A Division II win over Sonora at Marble Falls’ Mustang Stadium, nestled in the beautiful hill country.
They got a safety on the first play of the game, led 5-0 at the half, and had a 28-0 lead with five minutes left and Sonora (11-4), a team without a catch-up passing game, on life support with 48 yards of total offense, all on the ground.
But the Broncos struck twice in the final 3:22 in a 10-second span to make the final respectful, and Mildred (13-1) achieved a first in the school’s football history: The Eagles will play East Bernard (14-0) Thursday for a state title at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. East Bernard whipped Elysian Fields, 52-8.
It will be the closest game to Mildred in the five-game postseason for the Eagles.
“It will be my first visit, and I’m going to be playing a game on (the field),” senior lineman Noah Pennell said. “It’s a dream come true.”
Mildred scored half of its season average, but it didn’t need a yoe-man’s effort from its offense on this warm Friday in mid-December. Sonora, a power run team, opened in the shotgun, and after a snap and intentional grounding in the end zone for the safety, reverted back to the I-formation for drive No. 2. It started well.
The Broncos marched to the Eagles’ 21, and had a second-and-5 before defensive end Joe Carrizales dropped quarterback Micheal Rollert for a four-yard loss. Two plays later, the Broncos turned it over on downs after picking up 42 yards on the drive.