There are eight weeks before the Broncos open the season against Kings Christian High School on Aug. 30, but head football coach Charlie Casale got a eye-full of his team’s passing and receiving competencies this past Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22, in San Luis Obispo.
Casale was “very, very happy” with what his team accomplished at the Mission Prep Passing Tournament. “We played some experienced teams and our players handled it very well. Nobody pushed us around,” Casale explained, crediting the summer weight-training program for the improved physicality of the players.
The tournament is set up for teams to play seven on seven, with four receivers, a running back, a center and a quarterback on offense. It’s “touch” football so violent collisions are rare, albeit defenders “jam your receivers,” Casale explained.
“If you’re not real physical they’ll knock you all over the field. Emmany Godinez had two or three guys on him all the time and he was still able to go up for balls and make plays,” the coach continued. “They’re going to try to take your best receivers out of the game. But we hung in there very, very well against these teams.”
One of the highlights for Casale was the Broncos’ handing two defeats to Mission Prep — their traditional nemesis in all sports — and he applauded the “outstanding play” from senior quarterback Angel Avina, receivers Godinez (senior), Oscar Catalan (junior), and Lane Sutherland (sophomore).
“It’s a bonding thing for the players,” the coach explained, and several freshman players got in on the action, including quarterback Jack McKinnon, who threw against Bishop Diego, a very talented team of upper classmen. “He did very well,” Casale commented. Also, sophomore quarterback Alexi Morales was given a chance to throw some passes against tough competition.
On defense, Casale praises the work of fullback / linebacker Chuy Nunez; and he noted the solid play of receivers Binh Trieu, Sergio Mendoza and Alan Rameriz. He also pointed to the dependable work in snapping the ball by centers Grant Magnuson and Oscar Villalianzo.
“I was very, very pleased with how our kids did,” he stated in a phone interview. “I’m very supportive of these programs. It’s actually an evaluation opportunity for coaches, to see how we look out there.”