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April 23, 2014

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Brothers band together as Coronado destroys Del Sol

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Coronado High football players (from left ) Wade Jacobs, Andrew Decker and John Farella before the 2013 season.

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer preview the two biggest games of the week, Desert Pines at Moapa Valley and Green Valley at Canyon Springs. Keefer also takes amusement at Brewer's yearning for the old days before spread offenses overtook the football landscape.

Two Cofers and two Tanners paved the way for a Coronado victory Thursday night.

Wide receivers Tanner Bellamy and Tanner Gorski both caught a touchdown pass in the Cougars’ 43-8 win over Del Sol. That was impressive enough, but two teammates with the same surname put on an even bigger spectacle.

Senior quarterback Jackson Cofer picked apart the Dragons defense until it was time for sophomore Spencer Cofer, Jackson’s younger brother, to relieve him.

“We think Spencer has developed just as good as Jackson,” Coronado coach Brad Talich said. “We’re excited about him. He earned some reps tonight.”

Talich didn’t limit it to two quarterbacks. Junior John Farella got a large portion of the snaps, throwing for a couple touchdowns, including one to Jackson Cofer.

The big offensive day enabled Coronado to come back from Del Sol returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown. Del Sol’s eight-point lead was short-lived.

On Coronado’s first play from scrimmage, Jackson Cofer broke loose for an 80-yard touchdown run. The Cougars were up 29-8 by the end of the first quarter.

Talich started to play most of his reserves shortly after, having the first-teamers rest up for next week’s showdown at Basic.

“The kids are pretty focused in on Basic right now,” Talich said. “They left tonight already pretty determined.”

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer

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