Returning to their home stadium after two lopsided defeats on the road, the Coast Union football team battled furiously and had chances to win, but in the end, the Broncos lost for the fifth straight time and remained in search of their first win of the season.
The final score: Riverdale Christian Academy 20, Coast Union 14. This was a seesaw battle marred by some 15 penalties, several fumbles, and for Coast Union, missed opportunities.
The better news is that Coast Union opens up Coast Valley League play at home with a 7 p.m. contest Friday Oct. 9, and its first opponent, Shandon, is a very small school that should provide a good matchup for the Broncos.
Shandon has already played three CVL opponents, losing by a combined score of 155-14.
The Broncos, similarly, were trounced by a combined score of 169-27 in their first four games, but two of their opponents were teams from the elite Condor League, and the other two were Fresno Christian and Orcutt Academy, both bigger schools with stronger sports programs.
The Broncos and Riverdale were tied 6-6 at halftime, and Coast put on two impressive goal-line stands to prevent scores. But although they threatened several times deep in Riverdale’s territory, they couldn’t come up with the clutch play they needed to score.
Alam Ramirez scored Coast’s first touchdown on a 65-yard scamper in which he outran a pack of Riverdale defenders and was rewarded with a huge ovation from the audience. Ramirez gained more than 100 yards on the game.
In the second half, Lane Sutherland tallied Coast’s second score on a 20-yard run from scrimmage, bulling his way into the end zone in classic Sutherland style. Again, appreciative fans, hungry for a win, roared their approval. Sutherland got off several good punts and picked up (unofficially) 70 yards in addition to his touchdown run.
On defense, Riley Kennedy made nine tackles and had a pair of assists. Sutherland picked up eight tackles and four assists. Asher Armstrong had seven tackles and three assists. Warren Smith had five tackles and an assist.
Jack MacKinnon picked up four solo tackles and three assists, and Roberto Quintero was credited with five tackles and an interception for Coast Union.
Octavio Villalvazo did a solid job of snapping the ball on offense and made two tackles while assisting on two others.
- Who: Shandon at Coast Union
- When: 7 p.m. Friday
- Where: Coast Union
- Coverage: Broadcast on KTEA-FM (103.5) and streams live on www.ktea-fm.com.