CANOGA PARK — It wasn’t meant to be for the Coast Union football team in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 8-man championship game Saturday against Faith Baptist.
After a sensational run of 11 victories in 12 games, the Broncos met their match in a 74-22 setback.
The Faith Baptist trio of Jonathan Rasmussen, Kyle Cadrona and Gary Tyler was way too much for Coast Union to handle.
Rasmussen completed 16 of 25 passes for 291 yards and six touchdowns, Cadrona rushed for 206 yards on 11 carries and four touchdowns, and Tyler caught nine passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns.
Rasmussen added a rushing touchdown, and Tyler had one of two Faith Baptist interceptions.
The Contenders rolled up 30 first-quarter points, and Coast Union was never in the game.
“They had all the momentum,” Coast Union coach Charlie Casale said. “They made the plays. We didn’t do it. Credit to them. They got better as the year wore on. We couldn’t get to that extra level. I’m proud of our kids.”
Cadrona scored on a 65-yard touchdown run, Zele Oboh caught an 18-yard touchdown pass, and Tyler caught touchdown passes of 51 and 18 yards before anyone in the stadium blinked.
The Contenders (9-4) were 3 for 4 on 2-point conversions in the first quarter.
Angel Avina finally scored for Coast Union on a 9-yard rushing touchdown, but the score was already 42-0.
The Broncos would add a 12-yard touchdown reception by Quinten Raethke and a 7-yard scoring run by Avina for their final points.
The problem was Coast Union couldn’t stop the Contenders, who won their seventh championship in 15 appearances since 1984 and first since 2005 after three consecutive losses from 2007-2009.
It was either Rasmussen’s passing, Cadrona’s running or Tyler’s playmaking hurting the Broncos.
The second half was played with a modified running clock, but it didn’t prevent Rasmussen from rushing for a 2-yard score and throwing for two touchdowns.
Avina completed 14 of 30 passes for 142 yards and rushed for 38 yards on 14 carries to lead Coast Union.
“We thought we would beat them up front,” Avina said. “They were more aggressive and used their speed. They proved us wrong. We didn’t get what we wanted, but we had a great year. We got some revenge on some teams that beat us last year. At least we got here. We can hold our heads up high.”