After going through a tumultuous first five games — against teams from larger schools and from expensive private schools like Cate (tuition $55,000) — in which the Broncos were outscored 189-41, Coast Union met a team it could beat in Shandon High School on Friday night, Oct. 9.
The Shandon Outlaws (from a school of about 95 students compared with Coast Union’s 230 students) were shut out by the Broncos, 42-0. Jack MacKinnon, starting at quarterback for the second time this year, scored a rushing touchdown and threw for one that was hauled in by Alexis Mireles, the other Bronco quarterback who played the receiver position Friday night.
Jimmy Welch and Danny Corona each chipped in with a score, and Lane Sutherland rumbled for a pair of touchdowns. Asher Armstrong led all Bronco defenders with nine tackles and two assists.
The Broncos led 35-0 at halftime, and because there was little doubt as to who had control of this game, late in the second quarter, head referee Alan Ashby conferred with Broncos Head Coach Thom Holt and it was agreed that the “mercy rule” would be put into effect (the clock was kept running to move the game along).
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Holt said his team played a “great game in all phases of the game. We still need to tweak some things and … improve pass protection. The kids are finally becoming football savvy.
“They see an issue on the other side of the ball and let coaches know, so we can adjust between series.”
Mireles, meanwhile, said the first win of the season “felt really good, and it’s going to help the team out tremendously and motivate us to play hard these next two games in the league.”
He commented on the previous five games against bigger schools in the sense that the team got “experience.”
But now that the team is 1-0 in the Coast Valley League, Mireles says the Broncos are “definitely going to put in all the effort to try and get to CIF.”
As to his role as a wide receiver — rather than his more familiar position as signal-caller — Friday night, Mireles said, “It felt pretty good. I will play wherever I can to try and help the team out the most.” When he caught the pass from MacKinnon — “that was awesome” — and headed to the goal line, what was he thinking?
“I was hoping [to score]; I was just trying to get as many yards as I could.”
Did he smile at the irony of it all?
“Oh yeah, definitely.”
Mireles has been bothered by a sore ankle and says he can run as long as he doesn’t make any sharp cuts. In order to beat Valley Christian on Friday night, Oct. 16, Mireles said the team needs to “toughen up and hit harder than we did this week, play harder, run faster.”
Admitting that games on the road are a bit tougher than home contests, Mireles added: “Once you flip that switch and get motivated, you can play anywhere you’re at.”
The 7 p.m. game at Valley Christian Academy is broadcast on KTEA-FM (103.5), and streams live on www.ktea-fm.com.