“Winning is not a sometime thing. It is an all the time thing. Don’t win once and a while. You don’t do things right once in a while. You do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, losing is too,” Jeff Cordell, head coach, said.
The goal is to first be undefeated, then win the state championship. The Sonora Broncos are a Class 3A football team in a small West Texas town that lives in the tradition of winning. They’ve got five state championships and fight every day to get closer to the sixth.
Last year, the Broncos were two wins away from the playing for the program's sixth state title. The Canadian Wildcats ended the Broncos season on chilly December 2 night in Lubbock winning, 27-21.
Now, on Aug. 7, 2017, marks the first day of two-a-days for the Sonora Broncos.
As summer flew by, it was exciting for coaches to see plenty of familiar faces around the field house. Coaches pointed out individuals on the team who showed outstanding commitment by working out every day during the dog days of summer.
As they put last year’s motto, “Chase for Seis,” behind them, they focus on the same goal, saying, “Leave No Doubt.” Meaning, each player has all the possibilities to go undefeated and to win state.
“Football is not the most important thing. Is winning a game on Thursday night or Friday night define you as a young man? No, it doesn’t. Just because you win a game doesn’t make you a winner. Just because you lose a game doesn’t make you a loser. How you carry yourself on a daily basis is what defines you.”
To start two-a-days, the coaching staff started by challenging the players with a conditioning test, allowing the staff to gage the work ethic of offseason workouts.
But one afternoon, the Broncos experienced the unknown during a two-a-days practice. It rained.
Coach Cordell said in his 20 plus years of coaching he's never been a part of a two-a-days that was delayed due to lighting. One player mentioned that it rarely even rains in Sonora.