For the second straight week, Coast Union was defeated at home by a lopsided score, and it doesn’t get any easier this Friday (Sept. 18), as the team travels to Carpinteria to take on the always-tough Cate School.
Broncos head coach Thom Holt summed up last Friday night’s 44-0 home defeat at the hands of Laguna Blanca: “The offense is struggling in all phases — blocking, running and passing. This week, we will go even more in depth into basics.”
In fairness to the Broncos, playing consecutive games against elite teams from the Condor League (Laguna Blanca, Cate and, on Sept. 25, Orcutt Academy) is a kind of baptism by fire, especially for players who do not have a great deal of experience.
Jack MacKinnon filled in Friday night as quarterback for Alexis Mireles, who was injured in Coast Union’s opening loss to Fresno Christian. MacKinnon, in his first varsity start, threw three interceptions while completing 13 of 24 passes.
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Seven of those 13 completions were hauled in by Roberto Quintero, whose receptions gained 79 yards for Coast. Adrian Gonzalez gained 73 total yards on kickoff and punt returns and scampers from offensive formations. Jimmy Welch picked up 28 yards rushing.
On defense, Alberto Rodriquez was credited, unofficially, with six tackles and three assists. Welch and Lane Sutherland each made five tackles; Riley Kennedy and Warren Smith tallied four tackles each; and Quintero added three tackles for Coast.
While acknowledging that his team is playing the “toughest games” they will face all season, Holt said he “will not give excuses. We cannot win if we are not able to run the ball, don’t turn the ball over, and of course we need to score.
“We as coaches need to do a better job, and that falls mainly on me,” Holt stated.
One of the highlights of the game Friday was a brilliant 32-yard catch by Quintero. Two defenders were in his face and had opportunities to intercept the ball, but Quintero leaped up, took the ball away from them and got a first down for the Broncos.
That play elicited the biggest cheer of the night from the crowd.
Certainly there will be more cheers beginning Oct. 2, when the Broncos return home to play Riverdale Christian, and Oct. 9, when Coast entertains Shandon.