COOLIDGE — The Bears are looking to get back to their winning ways after running into a juggernaut in southern Arizona on Friday.
Coolidge (1-2) lost to Yuma Catholic on the road 58-0. The Shamrocks have now won all three of their games by a combined score of 167-0, and are among the top contenders to win the 3A state championship.
On the positive side of things, the Bears were able to almost match the Shamrocks when it came to rushing yards, led by Tad Lynch’s 64 yards. It was the passing game that made the difference, as Yuma Catholic starter Richard Stallworth completed 20 of his 30 passes for 285 yards and four touchdowns.
Coolidge did force Stallworth’s first interception of the season, though, courtesy of sophomore Jalil Bishop. However, Bears quarterback Connor Ferguson was also picked off once, and Coolidge also lost a fumble.
Ferguson completed eight of his 13 passes for 70 yards. His main target was sophomore wide receiver Wanya Brookshire, who caught six passes for 43 yards.
The Bears will continue their road trip this Friday as they face Phoenix Christian, a program with a strong history but has struggled so far this season, with a 1-2 record. Coolidge coach Rodger Schenks said the players should be putting this loss behind them as this is a winnable game.
“It’s all about keeping them positive,” he said. “Being on this team is 90% about becoming the person you’re supposed to be, and 10% about football. And well tell them you’re always going to face adversity, so you have to learn how to handle it.”