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Fast start helps Coronado win opener against Silverado

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Coronado football players Brendan Larsen, Jason Warren and Colton Coss Thursday, July 26, 2012.

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Kevin Lucero and Jackson Cofer hooked up for a pair of first-half touchdown passes Thursday to lead the host Coronado High football team to a 41-17 season-opening victory against Silverado.

Lucero passed for five touchdowns and rushed for another, and the Cougars started fast in leading 34-0 at halftime.

The senior Lucero started the scoring in the first quarter with a 5-yard touchdown run. He would throw scoring strikes on Coronado’s next two possessions — screen passes to Kjell Henness and Cody Mucino that both receivers turned into long gains — to give Coronado a three-touchdown advantage with 1:07 to play in the quarter.

“We started fast tonight,” Coronado coach Brad Talich said. “That is going to be our focus, and how we can stay in some games, by trying to run some up-tempo stuff.”

Mucino caught his second touchdown pass of the game in the second half for Coronado’s lone points in the final two quarters.

Coronado’s defense hung strong most of the night, forcing four turnovers and holding Silverado to virtually no passing yards.

“There were a lot of mistakes with first-game jitters,” Talich said. “I was pretty pleased for the most part with how we played in the first half. We need to learn how to finish, which we’ll stress next week in practice.”

Alex Cater ran tough all night for Silverado, scoring on rushing touchdowns twice in the second half and gaining 200 yards on about 40 carries.

“He squirted loose on us a few times and ran the ball hard,” Talich said. “He’ll have some good games this year if he continues to run like that.”

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