PHOENIX - The Sequoia Pathway Pumas could not stop the running of running back Jacob Holguin from Arizona Lutheran, who powered the Coyotes to a 35-6 win on Friday night.
On the the third play from scrimmage Holguin got loose for a 31-yard touchdown to put the Coyotes up 7-0.
The Pumas responded when quarterback William Webber connected with Curtis David on a 3rd-and-10 on a 40-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 7-6.
But the Coyotes, who did not punt once in the game, drove 65 yards in five plays culminated by quarterback Jackson Indahl connected with Holguin on a 10-yard touchdown pass to push the lead.
On the Pumas' next possession a promising drive was snuffed out when Cornell Reed Jr. fumbled at the 36-yard line, and the Coyotes recovered.
On a nine-play drive covering 64 yards with the big play coming from a 23-yard run from Holguin to the 2-yard line, running back Gideon Enter finished the drive with a two-yard run up the middle to push the lead to 22-6.
With about three minutes left in the half the Coyotes were driving, but fumbled at their 26-yard line, giving the Pumas one last chance before halftime.
After Webber connected with Reed for 33 yards the Pumas reached the Coyotes 5-yard line but time expired.
The Pumas wasted another golden chance to get back into the game at the start of the third quarter. After Webber connected with Damion Lyons for 20 yards, running back Tre Lacey on an a 4th-and-goal from the 6-yard line was stopped at the goal line.
Pumas coach Donnie Margerum said if Lacey had scored the game would have changed.
However, two plays later the Coyotes fumbled on their own six-yard line, but the Coyotes' defense stiffened and kept the Pumas from gaining one yard on the drive.
"We have got to punch it in," Margerum said.
The game was put out of reach when Enter galloped down the left sideline for an 82-yard touchdown run to push the lead to 29-6.
After a short kickoff, the Pumas drove to ALA's four-yard line, but turned the ball over on downs.
Holguin finished the scoring in the fourth quarter when he ran it in from four yards out for his third touchdown of the game.
Margerum said his team has to learn to punch it when given the opportunity, adding if they score the three times the ball was inside the 10-yard line it would have been a different ballgame.
He said the game was a lot closer than the 35-6 final score, and called the game a learning experience for his team.
Margerum thinks the Coyotes watched the film and saw Lacey run back two kickoffs for touchdowns last week, though one was called back on a penalty. On their kickoffs the Coyotes either kicked the ball out of bounds or dribbled it up the middle giving the Pumas a short field.
Margerum said this strategy was expected and thinks his team will see more of it as the season progresses.
He credited the Coyotes for stopping the Pumas' run game and forcing them to use the passing game.
Arizona Lutheran improved to 5-0 on the season, while the Pumas dropped to 3-2.