The Coconino Panthers extended their winning streak in the Flagstaff City Championship to five games with a 26-7 win over the Flagstaff Eagles Friday night in the Skydome. The entirety of the first half consisted of running plays that were stopped by both defenses. After a slow start to the game, senior running back Jonathan Jaramillo broke the stalemate with a three-yard touchdown with 25 seconds left in the half. That scoring play would be huge for the Panthers as it gave Coconino the first points of the game while also getting the ball to start the second half. On the first drive of the half, the Panthers extended their lead on a third-down play where sophomore quarterback Enoch Watson found senior tight end Andy Ruiz for a 58-yard touchdown. Running was once again the Panthers identity. The Eagles, who were shut out in its last home game against the Bradshaw Mountain Bears, avoided another one tonight as with 2:44 left in the third quarter, senior running back Marcus Salcido broke off a 65-yard run to put Flagstaff on the board, 13-7. On the very first play of the fourth quarter, Coconino responded with a 14-yard rushing touchdown by junior running back Cooper French, who finished the game with 112 yards on 27 carries. The Panthers would put this game away with 1:35 left with a 16-yard touchdown from sophomore running back Ryker Patten. Coconino is the 13-seed in the 4A State Playoffs as they will travel to Phoenix to battle the fourth-seeded Glendale Cardinals next Friday night.
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