Rodriguez’ 4 TD’s Lead Coolidge to Lopsided Win in Opener

2 years ago Caela Fox 0

The Coolidge Bears came out all guns blazing in their season opener against the Bourgade Catholic Golden Eagles with a 30 – 10 win.

With four touchdowns, an interception, and a safety the Bears showed just how much depth they will have on both ends of the field coming up this season.

One of the biggest performances of the game was from junior quarterback Valentine Rodriguez.

Rodriguez rushed for four touchdowns, two in each half.

“It was great, Val’s got all the tangibles to be a great leader, a great quarterback, he’s never shy to have the ball in his hands and so I just knew it was a matter of time before that came out of him,” said Coolidge head coach Bill Godsil.

Coolidge quarterback Val Rodriguez (13) rolls out to throw a pass during Friday night’s game against Bourgade Catholic. (Caela Fox).

It was good to see not only a good rushing game from Rodriguez but also his passing game. Getting a very well-played game from him was a plus for the Bears’ offense and something they can continue to build on.

On the defensive side of the field, junior free safety Omar Perkins caught an interception at the start of the fourth quarter to help seal the victory. Along with sophomore defensive end P.J. Schultz and junior defensive end C.J. Valencia coming up with the big tackle in their endzone to get the safety in the last seconds of the third quarter.

“I wasn’t expecting (an interception), but once it came I knew what I had to do,” Perkins said.

With a 20-point victory to start of the season, Godsil was very pleased with his team’s performance, especially the defensive line. He was also very proud of what his team accomplished and the hard work that they put in throughout the spring and summer has showed and is paying off.

“I’m proud of the work we put in this summer and off season, it took us a little bit to get going, we got a little cute in the second quarter, but they responded well in the second half,” Godsil said.

This is the first time these two teams have met each other after Bourgade Catholic moved regions from the 2A Valley to the 3A Metro West. Coolidge remained in the 3A Central.

Omar Perkins (5) sealed the Bears’ season-opening win with a fourth-quarter INT. (Caela Fox).

Looking ahead to next week’s game against Arizona College Prep, Coolidge is looking to clean up some of its offensive plays.

The Bears’ offense looked good, considering last year their offense struggled to get on the board. In last year’s opener, Coolidge beat River Valley with a defensive touchdown, 7 – 6.

“We (need) to check out the backfield, got to work on continuing our blocks down the field on the offensive line. We had a lot of mistakes, miscues about where we were going with the ball. (We) just (want to) clean up a lot of first game stuff that you expect to have,” Godsil said.

Overall, there were some good signs on both ends of the field for the Bears. They will be looking to carry this momentum and tone throughout the rest of the season, expecting not to repeat last years’ record of 3-7.

Next week Coolidge will take on the Arizona College Prep at Hamilton High School. The Knights went 2-8 last season and lost their first game this season against Chandler Prep, 23 – 0.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.