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Americas Trailblazers Dominated the Coronado Thunderbirds at the SAC

By Stephen Freyermuth
Sports Editor for Coronado Explorer

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Josh Shelton of Midland Lee blows past Coronado defenders on Friday night at Coronado High School. Vanessa M Feldman / El Paso Times.

After a loss in its first district game of the season, Americas took out its anger on winless Coronado Friday night at the SAC. The high powered Americas offense never seemed to stop pumping out points, and the Coronado offense that hasn’t been able to get going remained consistent by not scoring. If these two themes continue, Americas and Coronado will be moving in different directions from one another rapidly.

Since the first play from scrimmage, Americas established that it would punish Coronado physically with the run game, when halfback Jack Fields broke through for a first down. About 330 yards later from Fields alone, Americas had established a 35-7 lead and its first victory in district play, showing El Paso that the Trailblazers still had a chance to do great things in district play and maybe even win a championship. Even though the game was centered around the Jack Fields running game, Orlando Garcia also threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns, on just 9 attempts for the Trailblazers. If anything, the game Friday night showed that the Trailblazers are becoming more and more of a complete team as the season progresses, making Americas a real dangerous team come playoff time.

Americas may have left the game on a high note, and one that showed promise for the remaining games in district, Coronado left the game with confusion and disappointment. After scoring only 13 points going into its third game of the season, Coronado was optimistic and believed that this match up would be different for the struggling T-Bird offense. Only 183 yards were gained by Coronado, something that was not fathomable when talking about a T-Bird offense in past seasons, but it seems like this season Coronado will have to win with great defensively play. A faithful Coronado fan base filled with parents, alumni, and students is puzzled as to when that great play will come on either side of the ball. The inconsistency in between drives is hurting the Coronado team, and as the season goes on Coronado will need to mature like other teams are doing. The Coronado faithful will have to wait until September 23 at Thunderbird Stadium against Hanks High School to see if there is any improvement in order to salvage an already dismal season.

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