Cardinals find first league win

Up against a struggling Corcoran defense, the Cardinals offense pushed their way into the endzone on seven occasions Friday night to put away their first league win.

Working on their offensive versatility the Cardinals managed to rush for 278 yards against the Panthers. Not bad for a team who's recognized for their passing game courtesy of senior quarterback Abel Gamboa.

Gamboa threw for 144 yards with 44 percent completion. His performance against Corcoran 872 yards for the season.

The key to the Cardinals' offensive success on Friday could be chalked up to head coach Paul Dieterle's attempt to keep his top offensive players off the field in defensive play. Gamboa, running back Anthony Gonzalez, receiver Johnny Gonzalez, receiver Jorge Silva and receiver John Salas sat the bench for most of the defensive plays.

"We outlasted Corcoran's offensive line. Our offense came back every time," Dieterle said.

And with rested legs, the Cardinal offense came back full force on each possession.

The Cardinals posted the first touchdown of the night when Silva rushed the seven yards into the endzone at the start of the first quarter.

The Panthers kept the game close with a touchdown by way of Mario Valdez with eight minutes left in the first quarter.

The Cardinals looked nervous as the Panthers pulled off a quarterback sneak from the 1-yard line at the opening of the second quarter.

With a good kick, the Panthers took the lead 14-6.

Dieterle's offense didn't take long to catch up. Gamboa gave the defense a pump fake and then found Anthony Gonzalez in the endzone for 20-yard pass.

Completing a two-point conversion, the game stood 14 all.

Returning for the second half, the Cardinals offense took off. Anthony Gonzalez rushed for 10 into the endzone for another Cardinal touchdown bringing the count up to 22 with another 2-point conversion.

"Corcoran never put any pressure on us." Dieterle said. "Coalinga put pressure on us and we couldn't do anything. We have to keep the pressure off of us."

So the Cardinals kept the pressure off as they found another four more touchdowns before the end of the game.

Johnny Gonzalez posted two touchdowns for the night. The receiver also carried the ball for 30 yards.

Anthony Gonzalez put the ball in the endzone once and rushed for 132 yards for the night on 10 carries.

The Panthers managed to pull off two more touchdowns in the second half but not enough to stay in the fleeting game.

The Cardinal defense stood their ground against the Panthers as well.

The Panthers struggled against three sacks by way of Vicente Rincon, Alex Hernandez, and Adrien Guiterrez.

Donicio Olmos made the lone interception for the game.

"We came out and played what we're capable of playing," said Dieterle.

The Cardinals have another chance to show what they are capable of when they travel to Orosi this Friday in their next ESL contest.

"We're real close to peaking and hoping to do it against Orosi. They have a great defense," Dieterle said.

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