Asa Valdivia ...

Asa Valdivia, captain, looks to block a Caver in last Friday’s game.

Sometimes being the new kid on the block can be tough. For the Coronado Islanders football team, they have been experiencing that firsthand these past two weeks as they feel two a second consecutive league opponent, Patrick Henry, by the score of 69-14.

The game started off quite strong, as they forced a turnover stopping Patrick Henry in the red zone and forcing a turnover on downs. On the ensuing possession Coronado would quickly work the ball down to their red zone thanks to a pair of big runs from stud running back Zane Delcore, who, despite the final score, was as impressive as ever. However, after getting in the red zone Coronado would stall out and turn it over on downs to Patrick Henry.

From there, things would become rocky, as Patrick Henry would immediately connect on a 95-yard touchdown on a go route to get their scoring started. They would proceed to score two more times over the next eight minutes to make it a 20-0 game with four minutes left in the second quarter. However, Coronado would get on the board in the first half thanks to a great 32-yard touch pass from Hudson Herber to Graham Bower, who burned his man off the line of scrimmage with a great fake screen-wheel route, making it a 20-8 game.

But just when it looked as if the Islanders could claw their way back into the game, Patrick Henry stepped on the gas yet again. The Patriots would rip off 40 unanswered points over the next 18 minutes to grow their lead to 60-8 by the time the game hit the middle of the fourth quarter.

Coronado would add one more score before the final horn, thanks to a 55-yard catch and run from Herber to Delcore making it a 60-14 game. Over the last few minutes Henry would add a few more scores to bring us to our 69-14 final.

After the game Coronado Head Coach Hines said, “We definitely took one on the chin, but I’m really proud how our men played till the final whistle.”

And that is certainly something the Islanders can hang their metaphorical hats on, as despite the game not going their way, the Islanders never gave up on plays, never got sloppy with tackling or blew assignments. Instead, they kept lining up, filling holes, and looking to make plays.

“We just need to do some more of the little things right and at times make better decisions,” said Hines “I think that we’ve had good days of practice and our team is working extremely hard, I’m proud of how we’ve continued to prepare.”

Coronado will look to bounce back this week as they will face the yet another league opponent in Morse High School away this Friday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m.

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