The Coast Union football team lost for the fourth straight time Friday night, Sept. 25, as Orcutt Academy downed Coast Union 32-6 at Santa Maria High School’s stadium. But there was a difference in this defeat: The Broncos — even with illness keeping several varsity players out of the game for the second straight week — were in the game early and played with a sense of a confidence, notwithstanding the margin of victory for the Spartans.
Trailing 14-0 at halftime Coast Union came out strong in the third quarter and narrowed the score to 14-6 on a 21-yard pass from Alexis Mireles to Lane Sutherland, who rumbled and bulled his way 44 yards to paydirt (Roberto Quintero’s point-after attempt failed).
That was the end of Coast Union’s scoring, but the team put consistent pressure on Orcutt and, outside of a couple of long Spartan runs, played competitive football.
Coach Thom Holt said the team and the coaches “knew we had a chance to beat Orcutt. We were aggressive and played smash-mouth football. Big plays and injuries hurt us in the end.”
Holt went on to point out that “building a program … was never going to be easy.” But he said he believes that “changing a mindset and attitude that we will fight no matter what the situation … has been a success.
“With all the injuries and sickness, depth has been a real issue,” he said, adding that the coaches “are doing the best to coach them up. I’m proud of our team’s (performance amid) adversity.”
Quintero was again the top target for Mireles, grabbing passes in the first half for 23, 21, 12 and 2 yards. Quintero, who was shadowed by two and sometimes three defenders throughout the game, leaped high several times in acrobatic attempts; often coming within inches of making spectacular catches.
Mireles was intercepted three times in the second half after launching long arching bombs that he hoped Quintero would grab.
Sutherland (unofficially) gained 73 yards on the ground and made four tackles. Jack MacKinnon (unofficially) made 10 tackles, and Riley Kennedy was credited with nine tackles. Asher Armstrong added seven tackles.
Other Bronco defenders who played robustly throughout the game include Warren Smith, Will Azevedo, Danny Corona and Alam Ramirez.
The Broncos host River-dale Christian Academy from the San Joaquin Valley at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2.
Coast Union lost to Riverdale on the road last year in a hotly contested game 28-21, so Friday’s game will be an opportunity for the Broncos to turn the tables on Riverdale in Coast’s last nonleague game of the season.
This week’s game
- Who: Riverdale Christian Academy at Coast Union
- When: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2
- Where: Coast Union
- Coverage: KTEA-FM (103.5) and live streaming on www.ktea-fm.com