Canutillo's defense and ground game have always been their bread and butter, and was a significant reason as to why the team made a historic run to the class 5A final four in the playoffs a couple of seasons ago.  On Friday night at Lowenberg Stadium, Coronado found out just how dominant the Eagles are in these two aspects of the game.

Canutillo's smothering defense enabled the team to cruise to the easy 15-3 victory over the T-Birds, in what was mostly a defensive battle.  The game was scoreless well into the second quarter when Canutillo QB Danny Alvarez found his star wide receiver Joseph Paz for a stunning 45 touchdown to give the Eagles the 6-0 lead.

Then workhorse running back Aaron Moya began to run all over the Coronado defense towards the end of the first half, which resulted in an 8 yard touchdown with 1:09 remaining in the second quarter to give the Eagles a 12-3 halftime lead.

Photo by Brandon Cohn.

Canutillo controlled the second half of play with featured RB Moya who finished with 120 rushing yards on 21 carries and a touchdown.  QB Danny Alvarez played an efficient game by completing 12 of 18 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown, while WR/CB Joseph Paz had two catches for 54 yards and a touchdown.

Canutillo improved to 2-0 with the win, and will travel to take on Bel Air next Friday night.  Coronado fell to 0-2, and things will not get any easier for the T-Birds prior to the start of District 1-6A play as they host 2-0 Andress next Friday.