Remember the lopsided losses Coast Union endured at the start of the season? The Broncos lost their first five football games — all nonleague contests — by a combined score of 189-41.
Following Coast’s razor-thin, last-minute win over Valley Christian Academy on Oct. 16 — the Broncos’ second consecutive Coast Valley League victory — head coach Thom Holt said his team had learned, improved and grown tougher as a result of those early-season blowouts.
After a nearly three-hour trek from their comfort zone at Coast Union to Maricopa on Friday night, Oct. 23, Bronco football players shook off their travel legs and took a third giant step towards winning the Coast Valley League title.
In the wake of a 45-24 victory over the Maricopa Indians 45-24, the Broncos can claim the CVL championship if they defeat Cuyama Valley on Friday night, Oct. 30. The 7 p.m. contest is also Coast’s homecoming game.
At Maricopa, quarterback Jack MacKinnon led the team in the air and on the ground. He tossed two touchdown passes (22 yards to Roberto Quintero and 10 yards to Alexis Mireles), ran 5 yards for a score and had a “pick six” — running an interception back 35 yards for a score late in the fourth quarter.
Alam Ramirez matched MacKinnon’s pick six with a “kick six” — he ran a kickoff back 50 yards for a touchdown.
The speedy, quick-starting Ramirez led the team with 198 yards from scrimmage; he scored touchdowns from 40 and 9 yards out.
MacKinnon and Lane Sutherland shared the leadership on defense; McKinnon had nine tackles and three assists, and Sutherland snagged nine tackles and had two assists.
Riley Kennedy had eight tackles and two assists; Jimmy Welch chipped in with seven tackles and a pair of assists; and Asher Armstrong made six tackles with two assists. Quintero, who kicked three extra points, was credited with five tackles and two assists; and Danny Corona had four tackles and one assist.
The ASB is urging people to wear pink for this week’s homecoming game in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The 7 p.m. game can be heard on KTEA-FM (103.5), and streams live on www.ktea-fm.com.