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May 25, 2019

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Bonanza uses balanced attack for 23-14 victory against Durango

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Bonanza High football players (from left) Carlos Soto, Tyler Penkalski and Scott Dore before the 2013 season.

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Bonanza High coach Kevin Volcic called Thursday night’s 23-14 victory at Durango High a “mirror image” to the team’s debut victory two weeks ago.

Bonanza (2-0) came out a little flat, finished the first quarter tied at 0 and then Jayveon Taylor’s long punt return touchdown vaulted the Bengals to a victory where they were able to just keep Durango (0-1) at an arm’s length. The main difference between Thursday and its 38-7 victory against Sunrise Mountain High was that the Bengals passed the ball far more than Volcic intended.

“They gave us the outside edge on passing plays so we took it,” Volcic said. “I wanted to run more but we took what was available and it worked well. Also, our defense played awesome.”

First-year quarterback Tyler Penkalski, a converted tight end and linebacker, really impressed Volcic with his throwing arm. It gave Volcic confidence in a scheme the Bengals may use more in the future.

“I’m not going to go out on a limb and say we’re a dual threat,” Volcic said, “but we can do a couple of things.”

This was Durango’s first game of the season and the Trailblazers hit the road next week at Silverado High. Meanwhile, the Bengals stay on the road to face Desert Pines High.

“We’re going to see some speed that we haven’t seen before,” Volcic said. “… Speed-wise I’m a little worried.”

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