Two seasons ago, Coronado's football team couldn't win a game.
Now, they can't lose.
"It feels good to get noticed at school and have people coming out for our games," Cougars senior defensive back Corbin Bender said. "My sophomore year, I would look in the stands, and there was nobody there. It was no fun."
Bender sparked a defensive effort with three sacks, while Isaiah Duvall ran for 149 yards and two touchdowns, and Joah Smith threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Coronado remained undefeated with a 48-13 rout of Sierra on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Coronado (6-0), which dropped 21 straight games between the 2010 and 2012 seasons, ensured its first winning season since 1997. The Cougars start league play Friday with hopes of continuing their success and reaching the playoffs for the first time since 1991.
The Cougars started fast, converting three consecutive turnovers into touchdowns to take a 21-0 lead. Coronado's first possession ended in a three-and-out, but Stallions returner Darrion Pyos muffed the punt return, giving the Cougars new life at the Sierra 38.
Five plays later, Duvall scored on a nice cutback run from 14 yards out.
Things got worse for Sierra (1-4) when Maleek Spencer couldn't handle the kickoff, and Coronado took over at the 8-yard line. Smith's 4-yard touchdown run on a keeper three plays later made it a 14-0 lead.
On the ensuing possession, Devon Baker intercepted Sierra quarterback Will Nelson and returned it to midfield. Austin Micci's 33-yard run highlighted a quick, six-play drive, ending with Smith's 2-yard touchdown pass to Junior York for a 21-0 cushion.
Micci's 60-yard punt return set up his team's fourth touchdown, a 3-yard pass from Smith to his twin brother, Sam.
The day wasn't without highlights for Sierra, either.
With 57 seconds left in the first half, Pyos intercepted a pass and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown. Near the midway point of the fourth quarter, Nelson found Spencer open over the middle, and the senior receiver took it 63 yards down the left sideline for a Stallions score.
"We have five more games, and I expect us to get better," Spencer said. "We just have to focus on our next game (Pueblo County) and try to get a W."
And that's exactly what Coronado plans on doing as well.
"We're a team this year," said Duvall, part of a Coronado rushing attack that pounded Sierra for 274 yards. "It's just about everyone doing their job. We all keep working hard every week, and we hope to keep it going. It's great to get that kind of push from our line."