Coronado overcomes mistakes


Coronado opened the season Friday with a performance that could hardly be classified as a work of art.

The Cougars' outing was tinged with yellow -- as in 27 penalty flags -- but they still managed to shut down visiting Clark in the second half and rally to a 23-14 victory.

The teams combined for 41 penalties.

Coronado coach John Mannion said he wasn't sure if his team's miscues could be blamed on a simple case of first-game nerves.

"I will write it off to that right now," Mannion said. "But one way or the other that has to change. You can't continue to win with that kind of attention span."

The Cougars overcame their penalty problems to take the lead for good early in the third quarter.

Marcus Garcia recovered a Clark fumble at the Chargers 35-yard line on the third play of the second half, and he scored five plays later on a 2-yard run to make it 20-14.

After looking shaky early in the second quarter, the Cougars' defense limited the Chargers to 14 yards of offense after halftime.

"At halftime we got on the kids about executing their responsibilities," Mannion said. "It came down to executing our game plan."

The momentum started to change at the end of the first half. Leading 14-13, Clark drove to the Coronado 18, and Anthony Lotta lobbed a pass toward Devohn Marks in the left corner of the end zone. But Cougars defensive back Cory Argubright intercepted and returned the ball to the 41.

Clark's offense struggled after that, as its next two possessions in the third quarter ended in turnovers.

Dane Cooper led the Coronado offense, passing for 138 yards and a touchdown, and he also booted a 26-yard field goal.

Tight end Blake Riley hauled in five catches for 82 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown catch to give Coronado a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.

Garcia led the Cougars on the ground with 79 yards on 11 carries.

• Liberty 21, Rancho 14 -- At Liberty, the Patriots scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to rally past the Rams.

Liberty then survived a late drive led by James Cammack, who threw for 183 yards and two scores.

A power outage with 2:41 left in the fourth quarter caused a 20-minute delay during Rancho's final drive. Cammack threw incomplete on two goal-to-go plays in the final seconds. Ian Jackson knocked Cammack out of bounds at the 2-yard line on the last play to preserve the win.

Liberty's wishbone offense produced 225 yards on the ground, led by senior Sage Nua's 90 yards on 10 carries. He also scored a 2-point conversion to put Liberty up 21-14.

-- Brennan Karle

• Fountain Valley (Calif.) 49, Foothill 14 -- At Foothill, Kyle Middlebrooks rushed 17 times for 147 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Barons to a rout over the Falcons.

Fountain Valley established the tempo early, with Steven Santana connecting with Middlebrooks for a 66-yard touchdown pass midway through the first quarter.

The score was 21-0 before Foothill finally scored on a 1-yard plunge by Carson Warr midway through the second quarter.

The Falcons trailed 28-7 at halftime and had no success in containing the Barons' offense in the second half. Fountain Valley amassed 405 yards on the night while holding Foothill to 163.

The score was 49-7 by the time Foothill scored its second touchdown on a 9-yard run by Algernon Sewell.

Sewell rushed 18 times for 60 yards to lead the Falcons.

-- Jeff Wollard

• Del Sol 54, Valley 26 -- At Del Sol, the Dragons rushed for 425 yards in their victory over the Vikings.

Del Sol scored on five of its first seven possessions to build a 34-6 halftime advantage.

Six players carried the ball for the Dragons, led by Earnest Hall with 149 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown. Jon Kirschbaum added 109 yards on nine carries. Jordan Molina scored twice for the Dragons, and Saei Huihui and Evan Weinstock each had a touchdown.

Valley's Kerwynn Williams, who started at running back but played quarterback by the game's end, had 157 yards on 11 carries, including touchdowns of 41 and 67 yards.

Del Sol outgained the Vikings 573-338 and forced five turnovers, but the Dragons committed 13 penalties for 113 yards.

-- Sam Leeper

• Bishop Gorman 24, Service (Alaska) 0 -- At Bishop Gorman, senior running back Kawika Antolin rushed for 118 yards, and the Gaels' defense dominated in a nonleague victory.

Gorman (1-1) limited the Cougars' spread offense to 19 yards on the ground and 107 overall.

The Gaels suffered through a mistake-filled first half but led 11-0 at the break thanks to a 23-yard field goal by Collin Ditsworth in the first quarter and a 1-yard run by Raphel Finley with 8:35 left in the second.

Antolin's 37-yard scamper set up a 6-yard pass from John Therrell to Charles Childers for a 17-0 lead in the third quarter, before Taylor Spencer hauled in a 52-yard touchdown pass from John Huber.

-- David Schoen

• Arbor View 15, Eldorado 7 -- At Arbor View, Ryan Hill and Gabe Toney each had a short TD run and combined for 226 of the Aggies' 348 yards rushing, leading Arbor View past the Sundevils.

The Aggies limited Eldorado to 144 yards of total offense and forced two turnovers.

The Sundevils' lone score came on Charles White's 60-yard pass from JaQuorrey Williams in the first quarter.

DeMarlo Virgil added 107 yards rushing for Arbor View, which took a 15-7 lead on Toney's 5-yard TD run in the second quarter.

Eldorado took possession after Arbor View's Patrick Cape missed a 29-yard field-goal attempt with about two minutes left. But Williams fumbled on the next play, and the Aggies recovered to seal the victory.

-- Matt Maxson

• Shadow Ridge 34, Chaparral 13 -- At Shadow Ridge, Zac Hill and Deantwan Miller combined for 212 yards rushing and three touchdowns to lead the Mustangs past the Cowboys.

Miller intercepted a pass by Chaparral's Breonta Griffin in the fourth quarter, returning it 85 yards. He later scored on a 2-yard run to seal the victory.

Shadow Ridge's Nick McDearmon added two interceptions.

Chaparral's Pierre Jones ran for 49 yards and two touchdowns.

-- Mathis Parry

• Basic 54, Boulder City 20 -- At Basic, Justin Burdno intercepted three passes, returning two of them for touchdowns to lead the Wolves over the Eagles.

Burdno had a 49-yard interception return for a TD and ran back another 25 yards for a score.

Basic's Robbie Faiman completed 9 of 12 passes for 120 yards and rushed for 90 yards.

-- Anthony Stewart

• Green Valley 14, Bonanza 13 -- At Green Valley, Kyle Larimer caught two touchdown passes from Nick Libonati in the first half, and the Gators held off the Bengals.

Larimer finished with eight receptions for 74 yards, the only Green Valley player to catch a pass.

Derrick Stevens' interception sealed the win.

Antonio Beals led Bonanza with 75 yards rushing on 11 carries.

-- Dana Lane

• Dixie (Utah) 35, Cimarron-Memorial 21 -- At Cimarron-Memorial, Dallen Reber and quarterback Mike Sharp combined for 423 total yards and had a hand in all five Flyers touchdowns in a win over the Spartans.

The Utah visitors led 28-0 before Cimarron scored on Zach Barbara's 17-yard run.

The Spartans' Stephen Nixon finished with 117 yards and a touchdown, which cut Dixie's lead to 28-14 late in the third quarter.

But Reber capped the scoring with a 50-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

-- Adam Berchin

• Centennial 43, Durango 14 -- At Centennial, Matt Holley caught two touchdown passes and returned an interception for another score, leading the Bulldogs past the Trailblazers.

-- Andrew Brannon

 

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