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May 20, 2019

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Coronado defeats Del Sol for third straight victory

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Is the short week unfair for playoff teams?

Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer are pumped up for all the high-stakes games going down Thursday night. But why can't they be played on Friday?

Bring on Basic.

That was Coronado’s attitude after the Cougars improved to 6-2 on the year by beating Del Sol 42-32 Friday night. Combined with Basic’s close loss at Liberty, it meant that the two Henderson schools would officially face off for the Southeast division’s No. 2 playoff seed next week.

“It’s an exciting challenge for us,” Coronado coach Brad Talich said of the Basic matchup. “We’ll watch some tape, we know they are well coached and have a couple Division I kids that are very talented athletes. Hopefully we can figure them out and make a game of it.”

Despite the close final score, Coronado was in control for most of the night against Del Sol. The Cougars led 28-10 at halftime before making a handful of mistakes in the second half.

“It was probably a good thing for us to learn how to fight through adversity,” Talich said.

Senior running back Derrick Keller and senior defensive end Corey Sobczyk had the best games for the Cougars. With the defense faltering, it was Sobczyk who stepped up to make big plays and prevent the Dragons from getting too close for comfort.

Keller, meanwhile, scored multiple touchdowns.

“Derrick put the team on his shoulders tonight,” Talich said.

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

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