CERRO GORDO – The usually strong Cerro Gordo/DeLand-Weldon offensive unit wilted away from the Friday night lights Saturday in a 22-9 loss to Johnston City
"We reverted back to earlier in the season where we are undisciplined on offense and defense," Broncos coach Paul Workman said.
The Broncos led 2-0 after the first quarter but gave up a 25-yard touchdown run to the Indians' Mark Kaszian before fumbling the ensuing kickoff. Johnston City's Jake Hewlett made them pay with an 11-yard touchdown reception.
Hewlett pulled down the pass and his teammates pulled Cerro Gordo/D-W quarterback Nathan Lawler to the ground. Lawler spent most of the first half on the turf as his offensive line struggled to maintain a pocket. On the Broncos' lone significant first-half drive, the Johnston City defense stopped Lawler short of the end zone on fourth down.
Cerro Gordo/D-W finally crossed the goal line in the third quarter when Lawler lofted a 2-yard pass to Chris Ntor-Ue, but the Indians regained momentum with a clock-hogging drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown plunge.
"I think it's the level of competition we play. We play a 3A-type schedule," Johnston City coach Ross Babington said.