Lucy D. Barker 6:13 p.m., May 23
EL CERRITO – In the massive Central League, Coronado is cruising early. Against Crawford on Friday afternoon, the Islanders scored touchdowns on their first four drives and rolled to a 48-6 win to ruin the Colts’ Homecoming.
“Hopefully we can carry all these wins and keep going,” said Coronado receiver Paul Rodriguez.
Rodriguez caught touchdown passes of 3, 7 and 15 yards from Coronado quarterback Austin Denson, the last of which gave the Islanders a commanding 41-0 lead in the third quarter. Two of Rodriguez’s touchdown receptions came on an identical slant route.
“He just kept throwing it to me,” Rodriguez said. “It was the same route I was running and he found me open because it was open.”
Coronado (5-1, 2-0 Central) is tied atop the league standings with Kearny, and the Islanders host the Komets next Friday. Coronado has won 13 straight league games dating back to the 2009 season.
“We have Clairemont, Kearny, San Diego and Morse coming up and those are all good teams,” Rodriguez said. “We’re looking forward to it.”
In its first home game of the season, Crawford (1-4, 0-1) got on the board late with a pretty 40-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Taishon Holloway to receiver Cory Marcus in the fourth quarter. The Colts have shown improvement this season from a winless 2010 campaign in which they were forced to forfeit the final four games due to injuries.
Pictured: Crawford quarterback Taishon Holloway tries to shake the pass rush of Coronado defensive end John Nettleton