If the 2013 Coast Union football team performs on the field with the same brand of electric energy that first year head coach Charlie Casale exhibits in his preparation and practices, the Broncos are certain to have a successful season.
In truth, these 2013 Coast Union Broncos have very high expectations going into the season, and for several good reasons.
(A) They racked up a 7-3 record last season, their first year playing 8-man football.
(B) There are 14 experienced seniors among the 28 varsity players.
(C) Their 4-man front line features tough, proven players (weighing in at 290, 245, 221, and 180).
(D) Their two senior receivers have demonstrated great speed, sure hands, and outstanding jumping ability.
(E) The team rallied around Casale after last year’s head coach stepped down, urging him to apply for the head coaching position.
Also, their excellent kicker, senior Oscar Catalan, comes from a family of talented kickers and soccer players. Oscar’s two older brothers, Omar and Gustavo, were outstanding athletes before him. In fact, Omar was known to kick field goals of up to 60 yards (Gustavo only played soccer.)
As to Casale’s energy level, if you could tap it with the right software you could provide enough electricity to run the whole school — and part of the community.
This reporter conducted an interview with Casale on Monday morning, and the coach took time to show the team’s basic offensive and defensive formations.
At quarterback he has senior Angel Avina; with Avina in the backfield will be sophomore Lane Sutherland (tailback) and senior Chuy Nunez (fullback). Seniors Tommy Howard and Emmany Godinez are slated to be the first-team receivers. On the line, Casale has seniors Alex De Alba, Grant Magnuson, Brian Loredo and Justo Kisslov.
His first-team kick returner is junior Binh Trieu, who also has an important role on defense. Having plenty of reserves allows the coach to give his starting players a rest; one of his key jobs is to develop the talent and skill level of the reserves so they can fill in competently when needed.
Casale expects to use the “no-huddle” offense in certain situations — especially when time is running out and the team is marching downfield — but not too often.
“I like the huddle,” he explained. “It gives the kids a chance to get together.
“We are healthy, and we will be ready,” Casale added, noting that he emphasizes spirited, up-tempo practices because that is how he expects his team to respond in games. Do it in practice and you’re very likely to carry it through in live competition, he said.
2013 Bronco football schedule
All games are broadcast live on KTEA-FM 103.5, and all games stream live on www.ktea-fm.com.
- Friday, Aug. 30: Kings Christian (away) 7 p.m.
- Friday, Sept. 13: Orcutt Academy (away) 7 p.m.
- Friday, Sept. 20: Fresno Christian (home) 7 p.m.
- Friday, Sept. 27: Laguna Blanca (home) 7 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 5: Dunn School (away) 2 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 11: Riverdale Christian (home) 7 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 18: Thatcher School (home) 7 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 26: Cate School (away) 2 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 2: Villanova Prep (away) 2 p.m