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Cougars reach high point in turnaround

JUSTIN SHAW Published: October 20, 2012

There was a running clock during the Coronado football game Saturday night because one team fell behind by more than 40 points. But the Cougars weren’t the team that needed the mercy rule.

Behind an incredible all-around effort, Coronado (4-4, 2-1 3A South Central) put together its best win in more than a decade with a 51-7 pounding of Woodland Park (3-5, 1-2).

Following a 0-10 season in 2011, the Cougars have gone from the punching bag to the team throwing the haymakers.

The 51 points Coronado scored Saturday night were more than it managed through the first six games of the 2011 season combined. The four wins this season already equals the win total from the previous five seasons. The winds of change are blowing like a hurricane.

“We had a good week of practice and everybody worked their butts off to prepare for this game,” said sophomore running back Austin Micci, who ran for 97 yards and two scores. “We have a winning mentality and we want to keep it up toward the end of the season and maybe the playoffs.”

Yes, the “P” word is actually being used among Coronado players for the first time in a very long time.

The Cougars ran the ball 45 times for 422 yards, averaging nearly 10 yards per carry.

“We’re definitely improving a lot each week and I think we’re going to keep getting better,” said sophomore running back Isaha Duvall, who ran nine times for 136 yards and a touchdown. “The way our defense and offensive line is playing, we are a dangerous team.”

The defense was superb, shutting down an offense that had averaged better than 21 points and had a 46-point outburst against Mitchell last week.

“Tonight it was just responsibility football; every kid has a job on the defense and they all did well,” Coronado defensive coordinator Scott Edmund said. “Our offense is clicking and doing a heck of a job and we need to keep teams out of the end zone on the other side.”

An injury-depleted Woodland Park team had to fight to keep its head above water after falling behind 28-0 in the first quarter.

Freshman quarterback Matt Cox — playing in place of injured senior Jake Censner — scored the lone Panther touchdown in the second quarter on a 5-yard run.

Cox isn’t the only replacement playing these days for Woodland Park. Many of the Panthers’ top playmakers, including Weston Shutts and Joe Callahan, are out with ailments.

“We only had seven seniors to start with, and now only three of them are still able to play,” said Woodland Park coach Joe Roskam, who estimates at least half of his 22 starters are hurt. “We’re not 51-7 bad, we just aren’t. We’re inconsistent and it’s a tough time right now.”

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