Playing in strong winds, the Coronado Cougars overcame third quarter mistakes to defeat the Las Vegas Wildcats on the road.
Playing without star running back Elijah Hicks, the Wildcats junior Cody Summer produced three touchdowns in the first half but the power running of Zacari Holbert kept the chains moving allowing the Cougars to control the game. Quarterback Carlos Perez would enter the endzone once while slotback Samaj Bolin added two scores to give the Cougars a 20-19 lead entering halftime.
Turning back to the power of Holbert, the Cougars produced a strong drive on their opening possession where he would finally punch the ball into the endzone from 2-yards out to give Coronado a strong 27 to 19 lead midway through the third quarter.
The Cougars appeared to gain a boost with a turnover by Wildcats but a fumble on the following play would see defensive back Quran Muhammad sprint 60-yards to the end zone to close the scoring gap at 27-26.
On the Cougars next possession, back-to-back fumbled snaps would see the ball roll out of the end zone to give Las Vegas a 27-28 lead on a safety.
The Wildcats produced a strong drive that burned the clock in the fourth quarter but a decision to go for a 4th and 2 at the 36-yard line would be stuffed giving the Cougars solid field position with the wind at their backs. The power running game would move the ball to the ball deep into Las Vegas territory where Gavin Wale would put the ball through the uprights from 26-yards out.
An interception by Coronado safety Andrew Montez would end any chance of a Vegas comeback with the Cougars walking away with a 30-28 victory moving to 2-2 entering division play sits at a rare 0-4 record with another out of division game left.
Holbert finished the game with 174-yards rushing on the ground.