Green Valley quarterback Jordan Corbett completed 8 of 19 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns Friday as the Gators survived a late rally for a 26-13 home victory over Coronado.
Nolan Kohorst gave Green Valley a first-quarter lead with a 48-yard field goal, and Corbett helped carry the momentum through the second quarter with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jarod Mielcarek and a 32-yard scoring bomb to Bobby Shiroky to make it 17-0 at halftime.
“The line was protecting great and my receivers were catching balls in the first half,” Corbett said. “I was thinking we were going to have a big second half.”
But Coronado took control coming out of the locker room. Though the Cougars were held to 62 offensive yards in the first half, the offensive attack erupted in the third quarter.
Kentavius Hudson’s 1-yard plunge cut the deficit to 17-7, and quarterback Ryan Newton completed a series of passes to lead several long Cougar drives.
The Green Valley offense, meanwhile, was limited to 79 second-half yards.
“I don’t really know what happened,” said Corbett, who spent much of the second half on his back. “Our protection just broke down.”
Green Valley sacked Newton in the end zone for a safety to extend the lead to 19-7 with 8:02 left in the game, and Treveece Jackson broke through the line for a 29-yard TD sprint up the middle to increase the Gators’ advantage to 26-7 with 3:57 remaining.
Though the Cougars threatened on multiple occasions, they only found the end zone on one other drive, finishing with a 4-yard TD run by Newton with less than two minutes to play.
Newton completed 23 of 53 passes for 277 yards for Coronado, and teammate Devon Riley caught seven passes for 93 yards.
Jackson rushed seven times for 55 yards to help Green Valley.