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.
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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.