Scottsdale Coronado overcame a sluggish first half and remained undefeated as it beat visiting Glendale Raymond S. Kellis 41-19 in a 4A-II nonregion game Friday night.
Early on, the Dons (4-0) did not look like a team that had won its first three games of the season with relative ease. Defensively they were solid but offensively and on special teams, they had their struggles.
"In the first half we gave them an interception for a touchdown and a blocked field goal for a touchdown," said Dons coach B.J. Pasquel, "but our defense was still playing phenomenal."
The Cougars (1-3) didn't score on the Don defense until there was less than a minute left in the game. Until that scoring drive, the Dons had only given up 88 yards of total offense to the Cougars.
The Dons made their adjustments at halftime and played more like a team going for its fourth straight win of the season, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
"In the first half, on offense, we made way too many mistakes," Pasquel said. "In the second half, not as many mistakes, not as many penalties."
In the second half, the Dons rushed for 277 yards and wore down the Cougars’ defense. Leading the way was speedster Kaylin Ashley, who ran for 167 of those yards. He finished with 270 yards on the ground.
"He was a track kid for us last year" Pasquel said. "He is doing a really good job for us."