In recent years Shandon High School — among the smallest schools in the Coast Valley League — has not been very competitive against the Broncos, frequently losing by lopsided scores.
But that changed Jan. 9, when the Outlaws came to Coast Union with a spirited, talented team and put pressure on the Broncos the entire game. Coast ultimately prevailed 34-27 in its Coast Valley League opener.
The Broncos led 14-12 at halftime and pulled ahead 24-15 at the end of three quarters. But the Outlaws battled back, taking advantage of every Coast Union turnover, and made a positive impression on the home team.
Sophomore David Amodei led the Broncos with nine points on the strength of three 3-pointers; senior Riley Kennedy had eight points; junior Forrest Johnson added six points; and senior David Nolan chipped in with five points.
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Senior Will Stephenson had four points and Sophomore Nate Markham tossed in two points.
Three days later, the Broncos (4-8) won their second straight game, making the 260-mile round trip to Maricopa and overwhelming the Indians 48-22.
Coast improved to 2-0 in league play.