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FOOTBALL: Sparks ignites Corona past La Sierra

Corona High Varsity vs La Sierra HS on 9/18/2015 7:00:00 PM
Posted Saturday, September 19, 2015 by Steve Hill
 Corona's Devon Pellum (6) returns a interception against La Sierra's Jose Antolino (10) during the first half at K.R. Zack Earp Stadium in Riverside CA., on Friday, Sep 18, 2015.

RIVERSIDE – Jake Sparks ignited Corona High’s offense on Friday night.

The 5-foot-10 senior completed 19 of 24 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns as the Panthers scored early and often in a 56-0 nonleague victory over Riverside La Sierra.

“We’ve just been crisp, every single play,” said Sparks, who has 11 passing TDs through three games. “If we keep doing that then we can go a long way.”

Corona, which improved to 4-0 overall for the first time since 1993, led 21-0 in the first quarter and 34-0 at halftime after scoring on its first five possessions.

“We’re trying to go 1-0 every week,” Corona head coach Steve Hill said. “It sounds cliché, but these guys are buying into it.”

Wyatt Boyer and Malik Walker got together on a 15-yard hook-and-ladder play to get Corona on the board less than three minutes into the first, and Sparks connected with receiver Ian Sutherland six minutes later for a 14-0 lead.

After a Devon Pellum interception set up Corona at La Sierra’s 2-yard line, Walker punched it in on first down for a 21-0 lead.

“It’s that team thing,” Hill said. “Everyone just wants to play a part.”

Walker added another rushing touchdown on a 5-yard dash to cap Corona first drive of the second quarter, and after a fake punt by La Sierra came up short, Sparks hitJeremiah Boatner over the middle for a 9-yard scoring strike and a 34-0 lead.

Ngana Masiva added 97 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and Nick Fecarottahauled in a late score for Corona, which is 5-0 all-time vs. La Sierra.

La Sierra (0-3), outscored 120-41 through its first two games, got into Corona territory late in the first half but an interception thwarted a promising six-play drive.

Eagles quarterback Roman Aguirre, thrust into the starting role to start the season, was 15 of 30 for 90 yards and two interceptions.


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