As we make our way through mid-July and enjoy our Coronado summer, it may seem almost impossible to think about football season being upon us already. But alas, here we are. On Sunday, July 18, Head Coach Kurt Hines released the Islanders Schedule for the upcoming 2021 season.
Coming off the COVID-19 shorted season, which saw the Islanders post a 3-2 record and capture the 2021 Central League Title, expectations should be high for this year’s Islanders team. However, for the upcoming season the Islanders have been placed into a new league, the City League.
“City League is definitely going to be a new exciting challenge,” said Head Coach Kurt Hines “You have a lot of talented teams in there like Morse and Patrick Henry who always boast strong seasons. We’re going to have to step up to the plate, but it will be a lot of fun.”
As the “new kids on the block,” it would make sense why some teams may overlook or look past the Islanders. Coach Hines feels that only feeds into his team’s underdog ways “ I always love playing the role of the underdog” said Hines “ The groups we have here work extremely hard and I know we can beat anyone on our schedule.”
Now when looking at the schedule itself, there maybe a few things that jump off the page. The first item is the number of road games, six, that the Islanders play this season. It will include a tough stretch that will see the team hit the road for three straight games against EL Capitan, (Sept. 3), Mar Vista, (Sept. 10), and Kearney, (Sept. 17).
“Really I’m not too worried about the number of road games,” said Hines “Of course we’d love to play more at home but when you consider just a few years ago we had a season where we played just two home games, so it’s not something we as a team will mind.”
I asked Hines if there was one game, in particular, he might have circled or been looking forward to most this season. But to Hines, it’s about taking the season one game at a time and never looking ahead of an opponent. “It’s crucial that we stay focused and prep really well each week. We have to make sure to prepare with the same intensity each week,” said Hines.
Hines also pointed out just how excited he is to have full-season slated for 2021 telling me “I’m just happy that we will have a full season. I’m really excited to get back with our team, start working.”
As of today, the Islanders are still in summer workouts as many of the team members are currently participating in strength and conditioning. But official practices will start in just a mere nine days on July 30 and the opening kickoff will follow just two week, Aug. 13 where the Islanders will take on La Jolla Country Day.
Football is almost back Islander fans.