Four, five or six yards. Like clockwork.
That's the Corona del Sol style, and it wasn't evident last week against Basha.
But on Friday night against Westwood, the Aztecs ran narrow and wide effectively, and stopped the Warriors from doing much the same as Corona earned its first win of the season with a 26-7 victory at Westwood.
The win was far more pleasing to coach Tom Joseph's eyes while it temporarily popped the brief balloon Westwood had created with its win against Dobson last week.
An early fake punt by Corona del Sol led to a Maceo Brown 24-yard game that set up the Aztecs' first touchdown, a 4-yard run by James Contes, who ran for 90 yards on 18 carries. His and George Wright's quickness and shiftiness running wide caused problems for Westwood's defense.
"We have to be able to handle different kinds of situations and the adversity," Westwood coach Spencer Stowers said. "We'll get there."
Wright scored on a 13-yard run early in the second quarter to make it 13-0. His run came immediately following Westwood's fumbled punt snap and Maceo Brown's tackle to give Corona the ball at the Westwood 13-yard line.
A play-action pass from R.J. Rhiner to Tevin Mayfield on 4th-and-goal from the 5 late in the first half made it 19-0 Corona by halftime.
The Aztecs ran for more than 170 yards as a team and held the Warriors' speedy ground game under 100.
"We did a little better blocking tonight," Joseph said. "We're trying to climb the mountain. We'd like to be taking bigger steps but it's baby steps right now."
Westwood (1-1) struggled offensively all night. A week after running wild against Dobson, the Aztecs defense pursued Westwood's speedy RB tandem of Raekwon Robinson and McKay Tingy and Tingy was pressured every time he tried to throw.
Despite some penalty problems, the Aztecs forced three turnovers, while Wright scored his second TD of the night in the third quarter to put the game away.
Though much too late, Westwood ran the ball successfully in the fourth quarter and got on the board when Brandon Woods used his height to haul in a 14-yard pass from Tingy in the game's final minute.
Stowers noted one of his leaders, Hayden Clark, was ill on the sidelines from overexhertion a couple times during the game, and felt his defense held up well considering a lopsided night in time of possession and the scoreboard.
"If we get 11 guys to play and finish like Hayden Clark, we're going to be a good football team," he said.
Even in victory, Joseph found room for repairs, and with Dobson on the slate next week they could get that chance.
It'd be a welcome sight for a team short on numbers, especially compared to the rest of Division I.
"We simplified some things and I decided to get a little fancy, but we'll take our 30 kids and keep going."
Corona del Sol 26, Westwood 7
Corona 7 12 7 0 -- 26
Westwood 0 0 0 7 -- 7
First Downs: Corona: 16, WW: 12
Rushing: Corona: 34-178, WW: 28-94
Passing: Corona: 3-5-24-0, WW: 2-9-25-0
Fumbles: Corona: 1-1, WW: 1-1
Penalties: Corona: 7-45, WW 4-30
Corona: Contes 4 run (Niemtschk kick)
Corona: Wright 13 run (pass failed)
Corona: Newfield 5 pass from Brown
Corona: Wright 5 run (Niemtschk kick)
WW: Woods 14 pass from Tingy (Castelan kick)
Mark Heller is the East Valley Tribune sports editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 898-6576.