Coronado Wins an Epic Game Over Andress
In a game that featured one of the more memorable endings that one could imagine in a high school football game, Coronado pulled off the tremendous 28-27 victory over previously unbeaten Andress. The T-Birds, who haven't had their starting QB Angelo Donatelli since week one, came out flat as they allowed Andress to take a 14-0 first quarter lead.
The Eagles finally made their first mistake of the game with 1:20 remaining in the first quarter as backup QB Dominique Smith fumbled the ball in their own territory. Coronado took full advantage of the Andress' blunder by scoring on an 8 yard run by RB Daniel Stevens at the 9:19 mark of the second quarter to pull within a touchdown of Andress.
The two teams traded scores late in the second quarter to give the Eagles the 21-14 edge at the half over Coronado. At that point it was certainly a competitive game to say the least, however, the T-Birds came out in the third quarter with a vengeance as WR Jose Herrera took the opening kickoff 83 yards for the touchdown.
The T-Birds missed the PAT and trailed Andress 21-20. Both teams stepped up their defensive intensity as there wasn't any scoring again by either side until Coronado QB Noah Vasquez gave the T-Birds their first lead of the game with 8:40 left in the contest on an 11 yard QB keeper. Coronado went for two and was successful in doing so to take the 28-21 lead.
Both teams then exchanged possessions without scoring, Andress ended up with the ball for a two minute drill to tie the contest. The Eagles marched all the way down the field to the Coronado 12 when QB Smith called his own number to score on a spectacular keeper as he split three defenders to pull within a point at 28-27 with only :30 left. The Eagles then lined up for the extra point, the snap was high and the holder attempted to give Andress the win by converting the two point conversion with a roll out run to the right, but got tackled at the 2 yard line.
Following the game numerous players and coaches noted that the extra point was actually a gimmick play as Andress had always intended to go for the win and not the tie. Not a surprising move on the part of Andress' Coach Jeff Woodruff who was the tight ends coach and the assistant head coach under Coach Mike Price at UTEP from 2004-2011.
With the loss, Andress moves to 2-1 on the season, while Coronado is now 1-2, both teams are idle next week.