It was potentially the last night under the Coronado lights for the 2021 Islanders Football team when they took on the Centurions of University City last Friday night, Oct. 29.
However, before the players took to the gridiron, the 2021 seniors of the team were honored for their contributions to the Islanders Football program. Seniors Include Hudson Bartell, Gunnar Tonkin, Zane Delcore, Sean Kelley, Finley Alexander, Dean Wilkinson, Tatum Wade, Joshua Taylor-Pate, Tristin Rinko, Jeorge Vorce, Asa Valdivia, William Shoemaker, Dylan Pusch, and Donny Coutts.
After celebrating the seniors, the game began and it was another night where Coronado struggled to stop the run, as to whether it was running off tackle, quarterback designed runs, counters, or options. It seemed the Centurians could not be stopped.
Coronado would have some success stopping the run early thanks to efforts upfront from Valdivia, Alexander, Coutts, and Delcore. Even players from the secondary like Tonkin and junior Logan Eastlick would do their best to come up and make plays early.
Offensively the Islanders would have their moments. They got solid efforts out of the backfield from Kelley, Bartell, and Delcore who all combined to go over 145 yards rushing on the night. And on the outside, Coronado would have some success as sophomore Hudson Herber continued to build his strong rapport with Elias Valdivia as the junior hauled in four catches for 44 yards.
While they were able to move the ball, the Islanders couldn’t hit pay dirt often enough. There was a rushing touchdown from Herber and the second score came at a last-second, and extremely exciting, 33-yard touchdown pass from Herber to Tonkin.
Yet it became clear from the consistent push-up front and gritty running attack that University City simply wore the Islanders out. Sadly, for the Islanders, Friday night did not go how they envisioned as they fell to the visiting Centurions 60-14.
Despite the tough loss, not all was sour for the Islanders this weekend.
On Saturday morning, CIF San Diego announced their playoff seedings and brackets for the 2021 playoffs and your Islanders earned the No. 3 overall seed in Division IV. With the No.3 seed, the Islanders have earned a first-round bye, a massive advantage to help the team prepare and stay fresh.
The Islanders will await the winner of the No. 6 seed Sweetwater versus the No.11 Valhalla, whom they will then take on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. here in Coronado.
So get excited Islanders fans, playoff football is coming back to Coronado!