By Ross Johnson

For The Union Democrat

Sonora 48

Argonaut 7

The Sonora High football team traveled to play Argonaut on Friday night, winning the road game by a score of 48-7.

The Wildcats took an early 7-0 lead, and then junior quarterback Jake Gookin added another rushing touchdown with 7:33 left in the first quarter. A missed point after kick left Sonora up 13-0.

After a Mustang punt, Gookin threw an interception to senior Argonaut defenseman Adison Cramer. The Wildcats were able to force a punt after the mistake, but on the ensuing drive Sonora fumbled the ball with 10:48 left in the second quarter, and the Argonauts recovered at the Wildcats’ 19-yard line. A defensive pass interference call on senior Wildcat defensive back Rico Sanchez gave the ball to the Mustangs on the Wildcats’ nine yard line. Two plays later, junior Mustang quarterback Wyatt Elmore scored from three yards out with 8:44 left in the half. After a successful point after kick, Sonora led 13-7.

On the next Wildcat drive, junior running back C.J. Castleman rushed on one play for 30 yards, then Sanchez ran for 40 yards to the Mustang ten yard line. Sanchez then scored from five yards out with 5:36 remaining in the half. A failed two point conversion attempt left the score at 19-7. The Wildcats then forced a Mustang punt, and the referees brought a 46 yard Castleman rushing touchdown back on a holding call. Sonora tried to convert a fourth down and 17 and failed, turning the ball over on downs. The Mustangs then ran out of time and the half ended.

Argonaut received the second half kickoff, but fumbled on the drive and junior Wildcat defensive end Evan Bearden recovered to give Sonora the ball on their own 45 yard line. Castleman rushed the ball to the Argonaut eight-yard line, and Sanchez ran the ball into the endzone from there. Gookin rushed for the two point conversion, and Sonora led 27-7 with 7:47 left in the third quarter.

Junior Wildcat defensive back Bryan Wynne then intercepted a pass on the next Mustang drive to give Sonora the ball at the Argonaut 42-yard line. Gookin rushed in a touchdown from that point, and a successful point after kick gave Sonora a 34-7 lead with 6:09 left in the period. The Mustangs turned the ball over yet again on their next drive, with junior Wildcat defensive end Tyler Matyshock recovering a fumble at the Argonaut 34-yard line. Senior fullback Jack Camara then rushed for a 27 yard touchdown, and the point after kick put the score at 41-7.

The teams traded punts to end the third quarter, and after yet another Argonaut punt, Sonora scored again. Junior Wildcat running back Mike McKernon ran a touchdown in from five yards out, and with the point after the score stood at 48-7 with 3:22 left in the game. The Mustangs were unable to respond.

“Argonaut is a tough team,” said Sonora head coach Bryan Craig after the victory. “They were one of the teams I was worried about. Our coaches did a good job of making adjustments at halftime and our young juniors are playing physical football.”

“We were definitely overmatched,” Argonaut head coach Rick Davis said. “No excuses. We were just overmatched.”

Sonora improved to 5-0 in the Mother Lode League, securing their place atop the league standings. The Wildcats are 7-2 overall and next host Bret Harte on Friday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.