Photo by Ace Acosta
With a guaranteed playoff spot on the line for the winner of the Coronado Thunderbirds and Pebble Hills Spartans, the Thunderbirds were able to pull away in the second half and beat the Spartans by a score of 42-25
The first points weren’t scored until five seconds were left in the 1st quarter when Dominique Varela scored on a 2 yard TD run that was set up after a Charlie Samaneigo 50 yard run. Then in the 2nd quarter, Coronado scored another TD when Varela ran for a 40 TD making the score 14-0. Pebble Hills didn’t get on the scoreboard until the 2:57 left in the half when Sebastian Ochoa connected with Caleb Gerber on a 18 yard TD pass. That made the score 14-7 at halftime.
When the second half started, Pebble Hills forced Coronado to a three and out, but on the ensuing punt, the ball touched one of the Spartan players and the Thunderbirds recovered. Three plays later, Coronado cashed in when Valera scored on a 33 yard TD run. The Thunderbirds added another score when Garret Slaughter ran for a 14 yard TD making the score 28-7. With nine seconds left in the third, Pebble Hills scored a touchdown when Caleb Gerber scored on a 8 yard TD reception.
In the fourth quarter, the Spartans added another quick touchdown when Gerber scored on a 46 yard TD reception but they failed to add the extra point making the score 28-19.
The Thunderbirds then pulled away, when they scored two touchdowns, the first was a Garrett Slaughter 12 yard run and the second was a 50 yard reception by Jonathon Seabrook. Pebble Hills added another touchdown but by then the damage had been done and that made the final score of the game 42-25
The Casa Nissan Player of the Game goes to Dominique Valera who scored three touchdowns and ran for over 120 yards.
With the win Coronado clinches a playoff spot and will be in the playoffs for the 32 second time in school history. They will face off against Odessa Permian on Friday night. You can listen to the game right here on towntalksportselpaso.com and the free TownTalk Sports El Paso App.