Maricopa High School has 81 students enrolled, and had just eight available for its eight-man football home game against Coast Union on Friday night, Oct. 11.
Contrast that with undefeated Coast Union’s supremacy in its last three wins (78-20, 71-20 and 68-28), and it was not hard to envision another runaway win for Coast.
Indeed, the Broncos dominated the under manned Indians, 61-6, running their win streak to seven and placing them on top of the Coast Valley League standings at 1-0, tied with Cuyama Valley, the team they face next.
Quarterback Emany Plasencia scored three touchdowns on short runs; Damien Fernandez and Angel Reyes each tallied a score; and Emi Pena ran for one score and caught a pass from Caiden Kennedy to close out the blitz.
The Broncos connected on six two-point conversions, a single one-point conversion and a two-point safety.
Defensively, Spencer Magnuson and Emi Pena led the Broncos — each nabbed five tackles; Pena added three assists, and Magnuson had two assisted tackles. Miguel Ramirez had four tackles and two assisted tackles; Christian Castillo had three tackles; Diego Fernandez contributed a pair of tackles and recovered a fumble; and Ivan Arellano had two tackles and assisted in two others.
The Broncos hope to increase their Coast Valley League lead when they host Cuyama Valley at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. The game will be broadcast on KTEA-FM (103.5), and it streams on www.1035ktea.com.
Girls tennis coach names MVP
Girls tennis coach Ron Ruggles has named senior Alondra Mercado as his most valuable player for the season; Mercado finished the season with a 22-17 singles record.
The team’s other senior, Jackie Happel, had the best winning percentage (16-8); Ruggles said, noting she played doubles much of the season.
Sophomore Brianna Ellis was named “Most Improved Player,” and Emmy Johnson played either No. 1 seed or No. 2 seed in singles all season, Ruggles explained.
Two players, Sarah Garcia and Ellis, battled all season for the No. 3 seed, and the coach said if those girls practice during the offseason they “could be incredible” next year.
Ruggles also gave kudos to Rory Cloward, who “never missed a practice or a match,” and “has shown great improvement.” Freshmen Shanyra Cardenes had the fourth best record mostly playing No. 6 singles, and Yara Martinez has one of the best backhands on the team, he said.
“I have been coaching a long time, and I don’t think I have ever enjoyed a team more than this one,” he said. “I think they love playing this game, which is why it is so much fun.”
Girls volleyball defeats San Luis Obispo Classical
The Coast Union girls volleyball team defeated San Luis Obispo Classical Academy on Thursday, Oct. 10. After losing the first game 23-25, Coast came back to win the next three, 25-22, 26-21, and 25-14.
The Broncos are now 8-2 in the Coast Valley League, a game behind San Luis Obispo Classical Academy.