Running the football is a hallmark of physical football team.
The Coronado Cougars grinded out a decisive win over crosstown opponent Palmer 49-0 Thursday to improve to 3-3.
Led by running backs junior Troy Renner and senior Jordan Evans, the Cougars average nearly 230 rushing yards a game. The running game proved big again as Coronado scored five rushing touchdowns.
Renner got things started in the first quarter scoring from 2 and 3 yards out on consecutive drives to make it 14-0.
Unable to get things going, Palmer faced another ineffective offensive series on the ensuing drive and tried a fake punt deep in its territory on fourth down. The Terrors were stopped short and the Cougars capitalized on a short field and went up 21-0 after a pass from senior quarterback Toby Smith to Evans.
Coronado scored twice more in the half, including a 6-yard score from Renner after he broke a long run with less than a minute remaining. The score at the half was 36-0.
The Cougars scored quickly on a 4-yard toss to Evans to begin the second half, starting a running clock.
Things got chippy as the game carried on. A frustrated Palmer team searching for its first win committed a few personal foul penalties.
Coronado put the finishing touches on the game with a pair of long field goals from Julian Hogan, who made kicks from 33 and 40 yards.
After the game, Coronado coach Monte Gutowski praised his team's efforts running the football.
"(We've) just been able to create a wall in the run game and give our running backs a crease to be able to run," he said. "Our O-line really stepped up and was able to get a hat on a hat and then the running backs can do what they do."
Next week, Coronado takes on Vista Ridge, while Palmer faces Littleton.