Dos Palos defense is dominant in victory

dwitte@losbanosenterprise.comNovember 1, 2013 

— Dos Palos High football made it two wins in a row Friday with a 21-6 victory over Coalinga, behind three interceptions from Lee Navarro and more than 200 rushing yards from Izzac Suarez.

"It feels great," Navarro said. "It feels like we won the Super Bowl."

Navarro intercepted all three of his passes in the first half, while covering Coalinga's top target, Tyler Nash.

The Dos Palos defense bent, but it didn't break, holding Coalinga on a fourth down on its first drive, when Coalinga quarterback Tyler Portanova took two shots at the end zone.

"They had a real good receiver, and on that first drive they were just playing pitch and catch with him," Dos Palos coach Shawn Garrick said. "Them not having their starting quarterback hurt them, I think."

Portanova stepped in and completed 16 of 29 passes for 181 yards, but Navarro's picks killed several Coalinga chances.

"We played together, just never stop playing," Navarro said. "We were just tired of losing."

Suarez, meanwhile, kept the chains moving for the Broncos, carrying 25 times for 227 yards. He scored all three of Dos Palos' touchdowns — from 2 yards out one play after breaking a 43-yard run in the first quarter, then from 16 yards and 13 yards in the third quarter.

With Dos Palos quarterback Noah Croninger limited due to several concussions this season, Adam Coronado took the reins. Croninger still kicked field goals and kickoffs.

Coalinga's only touchdown came late in the fourth quarter against the Broncos' second-string offense, on a play that saw the Horned Toads march 86 yards before Portanova hit Nash in the end zone on a 5-yard jump ball.

After starting 0-7, Dos Palos now boasts a 2-2 record in West Sierra League play (2-7 overall), with a chance to make it a winning record in league next week against Avenal.

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