The Cambrian

Last-minute field goal lifts Coast Union to win

The first successful field goal of the season produced instant nirvana for Coast Union’s football team Friday night, Oct. 16, as the Broncos defeated Valley Christian Academy 31-29.

With less than a minute left in the contest, Roberto Quintero’s 37-yard kick cleared the crossbars with inches to spare, making the Broncos’ bus ride home a joyful one and giving the team its second straight Coast Valley League win.

On the subject of bus rides, the slow-and-go, stop-and-go ride down to Santa Maria — a result of uncommonly heavy traffic that had been diverted away from mudslides and flooding — was also the name of the game in the sluggish first half of play. Both teams struggled offensively, Coast Union led 7-6 at the half.

But in the second half, both teams reignited offensive strategies and exchanged drives and touchdowns in a seesaw battle under lights powered by generators.

Alam Ramirez led the team with 208 yards rushing, including a 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Quarterback Jack MacKinnon racked up 112 yards passing, and connected for touchdowns of 5 and 24 yards to Alexis Mireles (who caught four passes for 48 yards). MacKinnon also scored on a quarterback keeper from 1 yard out.

Quintero led all Bronco receivers with four catches for 53 yards; he also made four tackles and an assist. Lane Sutherland recovered a pair of Lions’ fumbles.

Sutherland also had seven tackles and two assists. Riley Kennedy had six tackles and an assist, and MacKinnon nailed five tackles and two assists. Asher Armstrong had six tackles and an assist, and he caused the two fumbles Sutherland recovered.

Head coach Thom Holt was pleased to see that his players were making in-game adjustments to whatever dynamic confronted them.

“The kids are understanding the system the coaches have put in. … They are becoming students of the game and, as coaches, we love to see that,” Holt explained.

The communication between coaches and players is also improving, Holt said, adding that “football knowledge is getting better.”

Up next

On Friday, Oct. 23, the Broncos travel to Maricopa for a 7 p.m. game against the Indians. The game will be broadcast on KTEA-FM (103.5) and stream live on