An hour before Coast Union’s eight-man football game against Kings Christian on Friday night, Sept. 12, the visiting Crusaders had 12 players loosening up compared to the Broncos’ 22 in uniform.
That disparity offered the impression that Coast Union, playing on its home field, might have the added advantage of superior numbers. First impressions are often wrong, and that was the case Friday night, as the Crusaders dominated the Broncos, 52-17.
Coast Union, fielding several players with limited experience, had problems getting players in the right position on offense; hence, the Broncos were penalized six times for delay of game.
The Crusaders, meanwhile, showcased their athletic talent by way of a methodical offensive strategy, as they racked up yardage through, around and over Coast Union defenders.
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Carrying much of the load for the Broncos was junior Lane Sutherland, who picked up 77 yards on 28 carries and scored the team’s two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving. On defense, he registered four solo tackles and an interception.
Senior receiver Gehrig Kniffen grabbed three passes for 55 yards and had three solo tackles. Jake McAvoy caught three passes for 73 yards; the senior also had two solo tackles.
Senior running back Binh Trieu picked up 27 tough yards on nine carries — and caught one pass for 15 yards — before being taken out of the game with an injured ankle. Junior quarterback Alexis Mireles connected on 9 of his 27 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown.