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Coronado Islander Football Team Advances To CIF Division IV Quarter-Finals With Win Over Mt. Miguel

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Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2019 10:54 am

Friday night the No. 10 seeded Islander Football Team pulled off a minor upset, when they traveled to No. 7 seed Mt. Miguel for a Division IV First Round Playoff game. Coronado won the game 29-27, with a defensive stand late in the game, which prevented Mt. Miguel from tying the game on a two-point conversion attempt, which could have sent the game into overtime.

The first quarter of the game was scoreless, with Coronado leading off the scoring on a 12-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brady Roulier to Tyler Buckley. Then the Trojans got down to business with a 44-yard touchdown pass, followed later by a six-yard touchdown run and 10-yard scoring scamper. When the smoke cleared, Mt. Miguel held a 21-7 lead.

Islander combo tailback/inside linebacker Devin Schulte helped Coronado regain momentum at the close of the half, as he scored on a 63-yard run to get it to a one-score game. Schulte gained 146 yards on 16 carries on the night and scored two touchdowns. More on Schulte’s defensive efforts will follow.

Coronado took the lead in the third quarter on a safety credited to James Witthoft, and the second touchdown from Schulte, this one on a 22-yard run from scrimmage. Quarterback Ash Bibbes came on in relief of Roulier, when the latter was injured. Bibbes scored on a 23-yard run to make the score 29-21. Mt. Miguel rallied and scored a touchdown late, but as noted above the Islander defense stiffened to stop the two-point conversion to win the game.

Buckley, who scored the first touchdown of the game, was also a defensive standout against Mt. Miguel. He totaled eight tackles, one assisted tackle, two tackles for loss and a pass interception. Schulte was credited with four tackles, two assisted tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss; Witthoft had three tackles, two assists, two tackles for loss and the aforementioned safety; Dylan Noble had three solo tackles; Zach Delcore had two tackles, one sack and one tackle for loss; Jonathan Contreras was credited with two tackles and one assist; Ramon Inchaurrandieta had two tackles and one tackle for loss; Phillip Simpson had one tackle, three assisted tackles, one tackle for loss and one sack.

“It was fantastic,” said Islander Head Coach Kurt Hines of the playoff game. “Somebody asked me when I thought we had it won, and I said, ‘When we took a knee to end the game.’ I was really proud of our guys. We knew we were going into the fight we expected, but Mt. Miguel was surprised. They beat El Cajon Valley 49-7 and we lost to El Cajon 20-7. The touchdown by Schulte to end the first half gave us some life, and Defensive Coordinator Mark Davis made some adjustments at the half. We put Tyler Buckley on their best receiver underneath, and we had a defender play over the top on pass coverage. We really needed for every player to play a great game defensively. When Brady Roulier went down, Ash Bibbes stepped up and did a great job. We got on track offensively and made some things happen. Jack Weisbrod stepped up. He’s a mild-mannered guy with a big grade point average. You look at him and you wouldn’t think he was a football player, but he plays left tackle and he’s on the defensive line. Jack is getting better every single week.”

The squad’s overall health improved, despite the injury sustained by Roulier. One week prior, the Islanders had nine starters and a total of 11 players out due to illness or injury. Jacob McKanry is out for the season with a knee injury and Roulier will miss at least one week.

Friday night, the Islanders travel to play No. 2 seeded Serra (8-2 overall record) in the Division IV Quarter-Finals. Serra, which defeated Coronado 35-7 Oct. 4, is coming off a First Round bye. The game is slated for a Friday night kick-off at Serra at 7 p.m. Hines said of Serra’s Football team, We’re excited for the game. They’re the No. 2 seed for a reason, but anything can happen.” Should Coronado prevail, they will play the winner of the game between No. 3 Montgomery and No. 6 La Jolla Country Day, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.

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