Coronado dominated on defense Friday, holding host Eldorado to minus-16 yards rushing and forcing six turnoers on the way to a penalty-filled 32-7 victory over the Sundevils.
the Cougars held the Sundevils to minus-16 yards rushing and forced six turnovers to run away with a penalty-filled victory.
Coronado intercepted five passes, and Chad Pettitt returned the first interception 31 yards for a TD to open the scoring midway through the first quarter. Coronado’s defense then forced three straight punts and ended three of the next four Eldorado drives with interceptions.
Coronado did struggle on offense, turning the ball over on downs on its first two drives, while punting on their next two. Darius Cambe had a 5-yard TD run midway through the second quarter for Coronado’s lone offensive touchdown in the first half.
Eldorado got on the board in the second half as Deven Dabbs found Carl Crayon for a 5-yard TD pass to pull within 13-7. But on Coronado’s ensuing drive, the Cougars were helped as they were given a fifth down deep inside Eldorado territory. The Sundevils thought they had stopped the Cougars on fourth down at their own 36, but miscommunication allowed Coronado another chance. Landen Rowland rushed ahead for a 2-yard conversion, and on the next play, he found Justin Serafino for a 34-yard touchdown pass.
Coronado survived 20 penalties in the game.
Rowland rushed for 100 yards and two TDs on 14 carries for Coronado. Cambe had 92 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown.
Dabbs completed 18 of 37 passes for 130 yards for Eldorado.