A Closer Look

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Coolidge defeated Catalina on Friday, Sept. 21, 39 – 20. With the win, the Bears improved to 5 – 1 on the season.

Coolidge led at halftime, 10 – 7, before outscoring the Trojans 29 – 13 in the second half. Valentine Rodriguez completed 16-of- 27 passes for 208 yards with 4 touchdowns. Junior running back Nathan Lucero carried 10 times for 112 yards while Greg Reece finished with a team-high 10 receptions for 101 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Bears offense totaled 452 yards in the win.

“Our game versus Catalina was a big test for our team coming off our first loss,” Coolidge head coach Bill Godsil told me. “We had to prove that the first four wins were not a fluke.

“We came out flat and did not execute till after halftime,” Godsil continued. “Up 10 – 7 at the half, it was important that I believed in my team.”

Coolidge coaches backed up the verbal support by calling for onside kick.

“We had seen an opening in their kick return coverage and they showed it.” Godsil said. “We executed the onside kick.

“While it did not give us points, it showed that the coaches believed in the players,” he added. “(It paid off), as we began to execute we were able to pull away in the end.”

Coolidge’s 5 – 1 start is its best since 2014.

When the AIA released its first official rankings Coolidge was ranked No. 4 in 3A.