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Coronado Looking For Its First Win Against Americas on Friday Night Football

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.

The game Friday night between Americas and Coronado has two different storylines, set up by two different off-season situations. Americas is looking to compete for a district championship with a veteran offense that has had a great amount of success this season, even in a loss to Franklin High School. Coronado, on the other hand, is looking for its first win, and is also trying to produce some type of scoring from its offense only scoring thirteen points in two games compared to the 132 points scored by Americas High School in three games. Even though the differences of the two teams are extreme, we can look to the past when Coronado was projected to blow out Americas last season and the final score was close and the scoring was low.

Americas High School has created offense and scoring without exploiting Boise State University commit Jack Fields. Fields has 330 yards rushing on the season, which is less than what many high school football enthusiasts around the city of El Paso thought Fields would have at this time of the early season. If anything, Americas has shown that when Jack Fields has an explosive game rushing, the score might be a little more lopsided favoring Americas than it already has been. The Trailblazer defense has even shown resiliency holding the very high scoring Franklin offense to just 28 points, and also keeping a talented Andress team to just 19. Playing against a Coronado offense that has had trouble creating drives, and finishing in the red zone, Americas has a good chance to go 1-1 in district play and keep its championship hopes alive if the defense plays just as well.

On the other side of the field, Coronado High School has had problems both offensively and defensively, and the scores have been evident of that. The T-Birds had been outscored 59-13 after its first two games, and many believe that the bye this week will help the team prepare and change the forty-six point difference between Coronado and its opponents.

“The week off gave us a chance to study Americas a little bit more, and get us better prepared mentally,” said safety Luis Nava.

An extra week of preparation could help the offense as well, which has only accounted for one score all season. The Coronado offense has turned the ball over six times, putting its defense in rough spots at times. If the Coronado offense can possess the ball better than it has in the first two games, the scores will follow, allowing the T-Birds to be competitive against the Trailblazers Friday night.

“If we can avoid turning the ball over, we can play well. We just need to make sure Americas doesn’t have a chance to get good field position because of a mistake,” said halfback Bobby Chacon.

Friday night at the SAC, a lot will be at stake. Americas will try to avoid a 0-2 start in district play, and Coronado will try to earn its first win of the season in its first district appearance of the season. All adding up to another highly anticipated game in El Paso high school football.

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