Broncos open eight-man football playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday at home

Special to The CambrianNovember 4, 2013 

Bronco senior quarterback Angel Avina fights off a blocker earlier this season against Laguna Blanca. Going into Friday nightÕs playoff game, Avina has rushed 139 times for 919 yards and tallied 11 touchdowns. HeÕs also thrown 96 completions on 148 passes for 1,609 yards gained.

MERLE BASSETT — Courtesy Photo

Note: The start time for the game has been changed to 7 p.m.

For the first time in recent years Coast Union’s varsity football team will open up the CIF Southern Section playoffs at home. Thanks to an 8-1 record — including impressive wins over high-quality rivals Cate and Thacher — the Broncos earned a second seed and a home game at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, against Concordia (Sylmar).

In only their second year playing eight-man football at the Division 1 level in the CIF Southern Section, the Broncos, under the leadership of Head Coach Charlie Casale, lost only one game. That was a heartbreaking 50-48 loss to Laguna Blanca on Sept. 27.

Concordia has a 6-3 record (2-1 in the Omega League) and is led by junior quarterback Michael Diaz, who amassed 584 yards passing and 732 yards rushing, scored 10 touchdowns, passed for 10 touchdowns and kicked 16 points after touchdowns.

Coach Casale said he hopes “the community and the students will come out and support this great football team. We will play these post-season games one at a time,” he added, “like we have all year. The difference is, if we are not successful, the season is over.

“It has been a fun season so far,” said Casale.

Mojave is top-seeded in the 16-team bracket.

If Coast Union wins Friday, the Broncos will face the winner of the Laguna Blanca-Pacific Lutheran contest.

Email John FitzRandolph at johnfitz44@yahoo.com.

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