first football game of the year for the Corona del Sol Aztecs eventually became
not only an impressive blowout but a record-setting performance.
varsity squad defeated the visiting Tucson High Badgers 41-22.
Senior Chase Larson’s debut
for the Aztecs at quarterback led to 354 yards passing, a single game record.
game plan was just to play how I could play, and do what I needed so we could
win,” Larson said.
Larson generally spread the ball out evenly among the Aztecs receivers, Senior Casey Schreiner made the most of his receptions.
worked a lot this summer on improving my yards after catch,” Schreiner said.
“I did that by working on my speed and leg strength.”
caught six passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns against Tucson High.
hard to explain how it felt,” Schreiner said. “A lot of hard work went into
the first touchdown.”
the team was down at halftime 15-10 , the Aztecs prevailed mostly through their
potent passing game.
want to become the best quarterback in state,” Larson said.
the departure last year of Stanford recruit Blaise
Johnson, Larson had big shoes to fill.
“I moved from Hamilton to Corona during the summer,” Larson said. “The coaches at Corona are more laid back than those at Hamilton.”
he switched schools before his senior year, Larson knew many Aztecs before he
came to the school.
wasn’t a difficult transition because I went to junior high with all of these
kids,” Larson said.
to the success of last year’s region winning football team as well as the
strong performance the Aztecs turned in against the Badgers, next week’s game
against Gilbert is being considered by CBS Channel 5 as the Friday Night
Football Game of the Week.
division of 5A sports into two groups means that there are new rivals for the
Aztecs. Basha High School, after
transitioning from freshmen, to junior varsity, to now varsity football will
become a new opponent for Corona’s varsity squad.
Aztecs will also be tested by old rival, Mountain Pointe.
The Pride are expecting seven returning players on each side of the ball.
winning nine games and losing only three last year, the Aztecs had their best
season in six years. With the loss
of a lot of their veteran leadership, the team will depend on the returning
starters to help lead this year’s squad.
“We want to try and go undefeated in region,” Schreiner said. “You have to take it a game at a time first.”