Photo By Fonzie Gomez/Story by Paul Torres
Two teams, with their final tune up before District play begins for them is something you want to see go well; especially when both were coming off losses.
However, the Eagles Nest was not something the Thunderbirds knew would be easy to take over on the blue turf at Julius Lowenberg Stadium.
Canutillo started off the scoring, but it wasn’t on the offensive side, as Coronado had the ball stripped at the 15, it bounced, and was finally picked up and ran in from 5 yards out by Alex Alvarado to get things going, and the Eagles led 7-0 with 7:42 in the 1st quarter.
Then Coronado responded and drove it into the end zone, capped off by a 1 yard run by Jake Cox, yet the extra point was missed and with 2:27, Canutillo was clinging to a 7-6 lead.
In the second quarter, Canutillo was looking sharp on the offensive side, and Marco Estrada hauled in a pass from Caleb Rodriguez, 29 yards out at the 10:48 mark of the 2nd, Canutillo led 14-6.
It stayed that way for a while and their was no scoring in the 3rd quarter, but Canutillo got it going again after a commanding 14 play drive, and 82 yards consistenting of over 9 minutes, and topped off by Joaquin Carrasco run from 12 yards out, making it 28-6, Canutillo.
Then Coronado started to move the ball, but Alex Alvarado intercepted a Ben Carney pass and returned it to the Eagle 45.
On the next play, Carrasco, made a zig, then a zag, and broke free 55 yards to give the Eagles a 28-6 lead with 4:09 left and making Joaquin Carrasco, the Speaking Rock Player Of The Game as he had 17 carries for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Coronado was not done scoring though, as they quickly marched down the field as Carney punched it in from 1 yard out, and then completed the pass to Davis Burns to get the 2 point conversion, Canutillo led 28-14 with just :48 to go.
Then on the kickoff, the Thunderbirds tried to kick an onside, but it fell right into Abraham Avila’s hands and he returned it 55 yards to round out the scoring, giving Canutillo a 35-14 victory over Coronado, moving the Eagles to 4-1, and dropping Coronado to 1-4, going into the bye week.