Homecoming is that richly traditional autumnal night in the lives of high school students and alumni when everyone comes together in a joyful moment, celebrating the blending of the past and the present through the magic of football.
On Friday, Oct. 11, the Coast Union stadium was jam-packed with enthusiastic families, friends, fans and students; they had high hopes that the Broncos would do well against Riverdale Christian Academy, and they weren’t disappointed.
Coast Union dominated, 55-0, against a team from a very small school (75 students) that was under-manned and inexperienced.
Because the game was lopsided, it gave head coach Charlie Casale the opportunity to play younger athletes who otherwise have been relegated to the sidelines while the varsity takes center stage.
Freshman defensive back Alam Ramirez played the second half; he had two solo tackles and made an interception. Freshman linebacker Bryan Pena made four tackles, and sophomore Alexis Mirales rushed twice and scored a touchdown.
Varsity players were on the field for most of the first half, and they made the most of their playing time. Emmany Godinez, in his second game back from an ankle injury, caught four passes for 87 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Juan Leonardo rushed twice for 27 yards and a touchdown, while Lane Sutherland carried the ball eight times for 105 yards — including a 40-yard scamper — and crossed the goal line three times. He also made five solo tackles on defense.
Binh Trieu rushed 10 times for 68 yards, scored a touchdown, and had a solo tackle. Varsity quarterback Angel Avina completed five of nine passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns; Avina also rushed eight times for 75 yards. On defense Danny Rodriguez had three tackles, sophomore Asher Armstrong had three solo tackles, and Chuy Nunez and Michel Gonzales each had two tackles.
Quint0n Rathke returned a pair of punts for 37 total yards, recovered a fumble, made a solo tackle and caught a pass for 29 yards. And Oscar Catalan, who stood in for homecoming king Alex De Alba at halftime, boomed eight kickoffs well past the Riverdale end zone and hit on seven extra-point kicks.
On Friday night (Oct. 18), the Broncos (5-1) will be tested by the 5-0 Thacher Toads of Ojai. Last year, Coast Union fell to Thacher, 52-30; the Broncos ended the 2012 season at 7-3, and Thacher wound up at 9-2.
The only loss suffered by the Broncos this year was at the hands of Laguna Blanca, a heartbreaking 50-48 defeat; Thacher defeated Laguna Blanca 76-56 on Oct. 12, so Coast Union has a huge challenge ahead.
What: Coast Union vs. Thacher (Ojai)
When: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18
Where: Coast Union
Radio: KTEA-FM (103.5) and www.ktea-fm.com