There's no question that Skyline and Coronado put on a show for fans at Garry Berry Stadium Thursday night, as the team's combined for an astounding 120 points as the Cougars fell 70-50 to the Falcons.
Coronado's Troy Renner had four rushing touchdowns, but unfortunately for the Cougars it was not enough to overcome Skyline's additionally powerful run game.
The Falcons had a pair of running backs who were responsible for the big numbers on the scoreboard in Jeremy Hollingsworth and Moses Rivera, who racked up four touchdowns each for the Longmont school.
"We just couldn't stop them on the defensive side of the ball," Coronado coach Monte Gutowski said. "They have a good ball team and they are tough to defend. It's not a cakewalk by any means."
Hollingsworth had an 80-yard sprint into the end zone in the second quarter, while Rivera got things started in the first quarter with a 61-yard touchdown run.
Renner racked up 205 yards rushing on his four touchdowns alone, while running back Jordan Evans had a pair of touchdowns for a combined 57 yards on scoring drives.
"We knew those two were capable of it for sure, and they are really, really explosive," Gutowski said. "But the thing I was most proud of was inside the tackles. Those kids have done a good job getting their foot in the ground and getting more south, and they can get there in a hurry and run away from people."
Renner's first touchdown of the day was an 80-yard rush at the end of the first quarter, and scored his second on a 60-yard play before halftime.
After trailing 42-14 at the half, Coronado returned to the field with fierce determination - especially after its final drive of the half was thwarted on the 11-yard line as the clock ran down.
"Our kids came out in the second half and continued to fight down, after down, and always had a belief that they were going to end up in the end zone," Gutowski said. "We have some guys that if you give them a crease, they're going to take it, and we really saw how explosive we can be."
Coronado quarterback Toby Smith had a 36-yard touchdown run and connected to Justin Dwinell for a successful two-point conversion to round out the Cougars' scoring.