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Coast Union sets up showdown for league football title

Binh Trieu breaks into the open as blockers open a lane for him during the Broncos' 39-0 Homecoming victory over Maricopa on Friday night, Oct. 24.
Binh Trieu breaks into the open as blockers open a lane for him during the Broncos' 39-0 Homecoming victory over Maricopa on Friday night, Oct. 24. Special to The Cambrian

The huge Friday night homecoming crowd didn’t wait long for the excitement to begin, as lightning-quick Binh Trieu grabbed the opening kickoff, darted skillfully around would-be Maricopa tacklers, and raced untouched sixty yards for a touchdown.

The senior standout, hampered early in the season with an ankle injury, scored two more touchdowns and rushed for 144 yards on 13 carries in the Broncos’ 39-0 victory over the visiting Indians, Coast Union’s second Coast Valley League win in a row. 

The Broncos complete their league season tonight, Thursday, Oct. 30, with a 6 p.m. game at Cuyama Valley.

The Coast Union Associated Student Body (ASB) pulled out all the stops to make this annual event as entertaining as any homecoming in recent memory. A Clydesdale horse, ridden by sophomore Tara Covell, galloped around the gridiron before the game, a fitting spectacle given the homecoming theme, “Hoof Prints on the World.”

Immediately after Chase Tatham and Renee Johnson were crowned king and queen in the center of the field at halftime, the energetic throng of alumni, students, parents and local fans were treated to a spectacular pyrotechnics display. 

Funds that were raised through the sale of balloon bouquets to Cambria businesses paid for the well-received fireworks show, according to ASB adviser Darcy Dobrec.

On the field, freshman Eric Robbins scampered 59 yards for his second touchdown of the season, junior quarterback Alexis Mireles tossed one pass, a 24-yard touchdown strike to senior Tommy Moreno, and senior Jake McAvoy (mostly used as a receiver) carried the ball three times for 15 yards. 

Senior Gehrig Kniffen had four tackles and a fumble recovery; McAvoy and junior Jimmy Welch each contributed five tackles. Senior Nahum Hernandez had three tackles, a quarterback sack and a fumble recovery; and senior Marcus Godfrey had a pair of tackles and a sack for the Broncos.

League title on the line

Head Coach Bill Clough said his team played it “close to the vest” in Friday night’s 39-0 homecoming win against Maricopa, a team from a very small school that did not present a difficult challenge. 

“We ran pretty basic plays,” he said, because he figured his team’s next — and toughest — Coast Valley League opponent, Cuyama Valley, was scouting the game.   

“We knew on paper how this would play out, and it all sets up for this week at New Cuyama. After being 0-5, we’re actually getting to play for something,” Clough explained.

Coast Union and Cuyama Valley boast 2-0 records in Coast Valley League play.

“We have been honest with the kids all year about how things would play out,” Clough said. “It would have been nice to win a couple of those five games we lost; our inexperience played against us.

“But now we get to play for the league title,” the coach said, adding, “It’s actually pretty cool the way it has worked out. 

“­Cuyama Valley is the real deal. You could say we’re the underdog — they’re a good team, we’re on the road, but we match up pretty good.”

This week's game

Who: Coast Union (2-0 Coast Valley League, 2-5 overall) vs. Cuyama Valley (2-0, 7-1)

When: 6 p.m. today (Thursday, Oct. 30)

Where: Cuyama Valley

Coverage: The game will be broadcast on KTEA-FM, 103.5 at 6 p.m. Thursday. It streams on