Peoria vs. Corona


Corona 21        Peoria 17


The onslaught of rain tonight left the field at Peoria in pretty bad shape. What was supposed to be a game with a ton of offense, turned into a game with a lot of turnovers and a lot of penalties.


It looked as if Peoria was going to run away with this one very early as Peoria mounted a 17-0 lead in the 1st quarter. With weather like it was tonight and RBs like Peoria has, it was very surprising that the Panthers came out slinging the ball. QB Carlos Miranda hit TE Alex Harrod on a short strike to start the scoring at 7-0. Peoria CB TJ Jones then picked off a Blaise Johnson pass that  set up a Alex Murrow FG that made it 10-0. Carlos Miranda found WR Clarence Wise for another score and before you knew it the score was 17-0.


Corona del Sol decided to come to life in the 2nd quarter. They opened the 2nd quarter moving the ball but came up empty handed and punted. This is when field position started to come into play. The Aztec defense forced a punt and the offense took over on the Peoria 29 yard line. They moved the ball enough behind short runs by RB Dan McClendon to get them into FG range and finally put some points on the board when Kevin Hager hit a 25 yard FG to make the score 17-3.


The Corona D continued to play tough and forced another punt. The offense took over with under 1 minute to go and this time used the arm of Blaise Johnson to move into FG range again. Johnson hit WRs Matt Mosely and Matt Saba for good gains that set up another Hager FG. Again he was good from 25 and the score at halftime was Peoria 17 and Corona 6.


The 2nd half opened up with both teams going 3 and out. Peoria looked as if they were going to pull away as Markus Turner went up the sideline for an 85 yard TD but it was called back for holding. The offense never could recover and punted. A bad punt and a personal foul by Keegan Herring gave Corona the ball at the 13 yard line and 2 Blaise Johnson runs later and Corona was back in the game with the score 17-14 after Johnson converted the 2-point conversion. This turned out to be the turning point of the game as Corona clearly had the momentum.  


Four out of the next five possessions between the two teams resulted in turnovers but it was Corona that would capitalize. DT Joey Featherman scooped up a bad snap that gave Corona the ball at the 31 yard line. Again it was Blaise Johnson how continued to hurt Peoria. On the 1st play after the turnover, Johnson scrambled 65 yards to the Peoria 4 and two McClendon runs later and Corona and Corona had marched a serious comeback to take the lead at 21-17.


Peoria had a chance to score with 2 minutes to play but threw 4 incomplete passes and Corona kneeled on the ball to upset Peoria with a final of 21-17.


Bottom Line: I think the muddy field actually played to Corona's advantage. Peoria could not use the speed of Turner and Herring to beat Corona. McClendon was not able to get much going either but the difference was Blaise Johnson. He was the best player on the field tonight. On a bad note, Johnson came out of the game with under 2 minutes and it looked like he hurt his hip. Let's hope he is okay for their showdown with Highland next week.


Game Ball: QB Blaise Johnson was basically the offense for Corona for most of the night. He was able to scramble for big yards and found WRs when he needed to. I also commend the Aztec defense, as they kept Herring and Turner in check for the majority of the night and helped the #11 Aztecs beat the #6 Panthers.

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