The Coast Union football team ran into a powerhouse squad from Orcutt Academy on Friday, Sept. 26, and the visiting Spartans dominated Coast Union 61-13, dropping the Broncos’ season record to 0-4.
Orcutt Academy of Santa Maria draws from an enrollment of 629 students, compared with Coast Union’s 230, and the Spartans’ larger pool of talent translated into a dominating performance on the football field.
The tone of the game was established on the first play of the Broncos’ opening series. After Coast Union received the kickoff, the Spartans stripped the ball from the hands of the Broncos running back on the first play of scrimmage; shortly thereafter, Orcutt began its scoring spree.
The Broncos trailed 20-0 after the first quarter and 48-0 at halftime, but the fans had something to cheer about in the third quarter as Binh Trieu scampered 56 yards around the right end for a score. Lane Sutherland also scored on a 9-yard run in the third quarter.
Trieu, whose ankle injury kept him off the field in the previous week’s 60-42 loss to Laguna Blanca, racked up 238 all-purpose yards (unofficially) on the night, including kickoff and punt returns.
Sutherland, who handles running back and quarterback chores for Coast Union, gained 84 yards (unofficially) from scrimmage on the evening.
Coach Bill Clough reported no injuries from Friday night’s game, and said the Broncos are “getting a little tougher.”
“We’re healthy, and Binh [Trieu] played well and didn’t reinjure his ankle,” Clough said. “We missed Binh at Laguna Blanca. He would have made a difference. It was good to see him come back, although he really wasn’t 100 percent.”
On defense, the Broncos’ tackling continues to be a work in progress. “Defense is still disappointing,” the coach said, “but I think we’re better than we’re playing right now. I’m hoping that one of these days that experience will kick in.
“The kids are all hanging in there though, they’re all coming to practice, and we’re just going to keep moving forward.”
Clough said that the Broncos’ next opponent, Riverdale Christian (from the central San Joaquin Valley) has improved since the Broncos beat them 55-0 last season.
“I expect them to be a lot better than last year. We’re looking at this as an opportunity to play well. We’re not looking past anyone.”
On defense, Gehrig Kniffen led all tacklers with seven (plus two assists). Jimmy Welch and Jake McAvoy each grabbed four tackles (McAvoy had three assists, and Welch had two). Tommy Moreno batted down a potential touchdown pass in the end zone and had a pair of tackles. Sutherland, Octavio Villavazo, Alexis Mirales and Roberto Quintero all had three tackles.