The Coast Union High School football team traveled to the picturesque campus of Villanova Preparatory School in Ojai on Saturday, Nov. 2, and did what they were expected to do: overpower a struggling, under-manned, 2-6 team. On a windy, sun-scorched day — homecoming for the Wildcats — with stately mountains surrounding the field of play, the Broncos rolled, 62-20, on the last game of the regular season.
As usual, the student athletes that play football for Coast Union were well-prepared for this contest, thanks to the quality of coaching they have been blessed to learn under in 2013. Poised and confident under the leadership of senior quarterback Angel Avina — as they have been throughout the season — Broncos finished the regular season with an 8-1 record.
Notwithstanding the swirling winds, Avina connected on 11 of 12 passes for 157 yards and four touchdowns. On the season, the signal caller has thrown 96 completions on 148 tosses for 1,609 yards. Against the Wildcats, Avina ran only twice and picked up 23 yards, but on the season he has rushed 139 times for 919 yards and tallied 11 touchdowns.
Sophomore Lane Sutherland gained 82 yards on eight carries and had four tackles Saturday. On the season, Sutherland racked up 1,225 yards on 150 carries to lead the team; he also leads in tackles with 45 in 2013.
Senior running back Juan Leonardo — among the speediest players on the team — hustled for 116 yards on 11 carries and scored once. On the season, Leonardo gained 188 yards on 23 carries.
Another fleet-footed offensive weapon for the Broncos — junior Binh Trieu — gained 98 yards Saturday on five carries and crossed the goal line three times. Trieu carried the ball 50 times, gaining 452 yards in 2013.
Senior Quinten Raethke caught just two passes against the Wildcats, but both were for touchdowns. With his long arms, lengthy strides and sure hands, the 6-foot, 3-inch receiver caught 39 passes for 824 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2013, his first year out for football.
The versatile senior Oscar Catalan — who punishes the football by kicking kickoffs that sail well past the end zone — caught two passes Saturday for 32 yards and a touchdown. He also kicked eight extra points (he hit on 55 of 58 on the season). As a defender he had one interception Saturday.
Emmany Godinez caught six passes for 61 yards and a touchdown against the Wildcats. On the season, the senior grabbed 34 passes for 578 yards and eight scores — even though he missed several games with an injured ankle. The top defensive player against Villanova Prep was Danny Rodriguez with seven solo tackles. The senior made 32 tackles in 2013. Senior Jesus Lopez also came up big against the Wildcats nailing six tackles.
Senior Chuy Nunez chipped in with four tackles against the Wildcats (28 on the year); sophomore Asher Armstrong had two (11 for the season); senior Brian Loredo had three tackles (seven in 2013); sophomore Octavio Villavazo tackled three Wildcats (13 on the season); and senior Grant Magnuson made two tackles (14 in 2013).
The one injury the Broncos sustained Saturday was to receiver and defensive back Godinez, who hobbled off the field in the second half. Head Coach Charlie Casale explained that Godinez “aggravated” his ankle, which was injured early in the season and kept him out of a few games. “He is OK,” Casale reported, which is good news for the team given the senior’s talent and consistently excellent effort — and with the playoffs looming.