(SHADOW HILLS) – James ‘The Human Highlight Film’ Calhoun returned the first two punts of the day back-to-back for 77- and 76-yard touchdowns, and quarterback Zach Adkins threw for 596 yards and rifled 10 touchdowns to five different receivers as the four-time champion SoCal Coyotes (3-0) skinned the Desert Vipers 106-0, for their third straight Pac West spring victory.

On another gorgeous desert day of faith, family, football and fun brought to you by General Air Conditioning & Plumbing, the Coyotes thrilled fans with the 106-point explosion. The output was the most ever scored by the formidable Coyote machine, despite the fact the champions spread the wealth, played their entire bench, and started 13 first- and second-year players.

The spring season – by design – is meant to test the depth of the Coyotes roster and vet their influx of new skill. But with so many new faces having so much fun – and the festival atmosphere of music, food and entertainment – Sunday’s game-day experience felt like a raucous Coyote cookout.

The Desert Vipers wound up on the grill, and every member of America’s #1 Developmental Pro Football Program enjoyed the feast.zach adkinS400

-Adkins was 25 for 32, for a club-record 596 yards, and 10 touchdowns, which tied his own club record. He ran for another. He threw touchdowns of 68, 63, 67, 14 and 2 to Calhoun, who had seven catches for 267 yards, and four two-point conversions.

-Rashad ‘The Franchise’ Roberts had five catches for 119 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown and three two-point conversions.

-Gary Young had two catches for 51 yards, including one touchdown. Jake Sheffield, who rushed for 44 yards, had three catches for 32 yards, including one touchdown, and a two-point conversion.

-Second-year man Matt Arias had four catches for 71 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown, and a two-point conversion.

-Rookie slotback Sean Vickers of Riverside Community College had four catches for 56 yards, including a five-yard touchdown.

-Rookie linebacker Gael Esparza (Waldorf College) had two interceptions, and returned one 47 yards for a touchdown.

-Rookie defensive back Denziel Myers returned a fumble 41 yards for a touchdown.

-Second-year linebacker Cody Carhart and safety Juan Valencia both had interceptions; veterans Anthony Spencer and Gary Young had sack/forced fumbles; and Jake Sheffield had two sacks.

THE LAST TIME THE Coyotes broke the century mark was a 102-0 drubbing of the SoCal Eagles on November 9, 2015. No surprise here – the Coyotes lead the Pac West in scoring with 256 points, over 100 more than the next team.

RUN ‘N’ SHOOT HISTORIANS were quick to point out that the 106 points topped the high of 105 scored by a Mouse Davis-coached team, when his Run ‘n’ Shoot Portland State Vikings beat Delaware State on November 8, 1980. Davis, the godfather of the Run ‘n’ Shoot and modern four-wide offense, is a mentor to SoCal head coach J David Miller, and a patriarch of the Coyote program.

BACK TO BACK – Fans of the four-time champion SoCal Coyotes barely had a chance to find their seats Sunday before Calhoun electrified the afternoon by returning the first two Desert Viper punts 77 and 76 yards for touchdowns.

The good news for the fang-less Vipers was that Calhoun’s heroics momentarily kept the Coyotes’ potent Silver Stretch Run ‘n’ Shoot off the field. The bad news? Coyotes quarterback and CFL prospect Zach Adkins, making his first appearance of the spring Pac West season, is not a patient man.

Adkins first two throws of the day were rip-your-heart-out touchdowns – 68 yards to – yep – Calhoun, and a 30-yard strike to Rashad ‘The Franchise’ Roberts.

HERE COMES THE GENERAL – General Coyote – the life-size mascot of the SoCal Coyotes & General Air Conditioning & Plumbing, gave away coloring books to kids and tossed out footballs to fans. Parents in attendance, however,got the best deal – more than $500 in General gift cards.

ON THE FIELD, 70 PLAYERS EACH YEAR earn the distinction of ‘Defending the Shield’ in the uniform of the SoCal Coyotes. Many will earn a shot with NFL, CFL or AFL opportunities, or graduate into business careers. Off the field, more than 30,000 Coachella Valley youth annually participate in Coyote Leadership Training and receive published Coyote Leadership Curriculum.

THE SOCAL COYOTES affect every community they touch. Coyote programs reach thousands of youth through coordinated efforts with numerous local charitable and civic organizations, including Boys & Girls Clubs, the YMCA, the Desert Strength Academy, the Boys & Girl Scouts of America, and Rotary International.

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