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Coast Union overwhelmed at Mission Prep in season’s 2nd game

Head coach Ron Garcia, center, and assistant Charlie Casale, left, work with members of the Coast Union football team during preseason workouts in late August.
Head coach Ron Garcia, center, and assistant Charlie Casale, left, work with members of the Coast Union football team during preseason workouts in late August.

Following the Broncos’ onerous outing in their opener vs. Laton (losing 58-22), they knew they would be facing an even more gifted, experienced, deep and beefy Mission Prep team Friday, Sept. 8 in San Luis Obispo.

That game didn’t turn out well for the underdog Broncos. The Royals took advantage of their visitors’ lack of experience and depth, and racked up 66 points against 6 for Coast Union. Coast scored its lone touchdown on a 4-yard pass from quarterback Riley Kennedy to Emany Plasencia.

Head coach Ron Garcia faces injuries to key players Damian Fernandez (arm) and Juan Mejia (hand), that could affect the team well beyond the Mission Prep loss. Losing those players creates a lack team depth “at the skill positions,” Garcia explained in an email interview.

“It’s hard to improve execution when players cannot physically participate in practice,” Garcia said. “Our focus will continue to be the teaching of fundamentals. The most important thing for (assistant coach) Charlie (Casale) and I – is to remain positive and continue to teach the game as best we can to these players.”

In the Mission Prep game, quarterback Kennedy gained 42 yards from scrimmage and passed for an unofficial 37 yards. Juan Mejia gained 34 yards from scrimmage and caught an 8-yard pass from Kennedy.

On defense, Kennedy led the team with six tackles and a pair of assists. Eddie Camacho had five tackles, three assists and a fumble recovery. Spencer Magnuson also had a fumble recovery to go with four tackles and two assists.

Andres Quintero chipped in with six tackles and two assists; Nic Robertson had a pair of tackles, as did Brian Bautista.

What gave coach Garcia a reason to feel positive about his team is that though they were “greatly overmatched” against the Royals, the team “did not stop playing, and their attitudes remained positive. We can build on those two factors as we move forward,” he added.

The Broncos entertain Riverdale High School on Friday night, Sept. 15. That game will be broadcast live on KTEA-FM (103.5), and stream live on www.1035ktea.com

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