Battling hard in brutal near-100-degree weather for their first win after four losses, the Broncos came up touchdown short in a 28-21 loss at Riverdale Christian Academy on Saturday, Oct. 4.
Coast Union was unable to capitalize on two golden opportunities late in the fourth quarter inside the Ambassadors’ 20 yard line.
Junior quarterback Alexis Mirales picked up 89 yards on the ground and scored a pair of touchdowns at Riverdale — one on a sizzling 50-yard scamper in which he outran three defenders. Mirales also passed for 128 yards. Junior quarterback Lane Sutherland picked up 81 yards on 17 carries and chipped in with four tackles and four assists.
Senior running back Binh Trieu dashed 65 yards for a score and picked up 130 yards on 16 carries, although his recent ankle injury appeared to flare up: He was down on the field twice, receiving assistance from the team trainer, but he came back to carry the ball both times.
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Coach Bill Clough said Trieu “is our speed guy. His ankle is not 100 percent, and we weren’t able to play him as much as we’d like to. Our offensive game is hurt when he isn’t in there.”
Commenting on the heat in the San Joaquin Valley, Clough said, “I’m sure going over there playing in the 100-degree heat it didn’t help; but the kids played hard and we had our chances. We need to learn how to win.
“We got close and we were knocking on the door, so hopefully one of these games we’ll win. We have a good chance this week against Valley Christian. We’re getting better.”
Senior receivers Tommy Moreno (six catches, 98 yards) and Gehrig Kniffen (four catches, 43 yards) contributed on offense. Moreno had three tackles and three assists on defense. Junior Juan Carlos Fernandez returned four kickoffs for 72 yards, made a pair of tackles, and booted three extra points.
Sophomore Danny Corona led the defense with 10 tackles and eight assists; juniors Asher Armstrong (four assists on tackles) and Jimmy Welch (two tackles, two assists) also made defensive contributions. Sophomore Brayan Pena snagged two tackles and two assists.