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Coronado Islander Football Team Defeats Hoover 45-7, Qualifies For CIF Division IV Playoffs

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Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2019 3:53 pm

Injuries have been mounting over the last few games for the Islander Football Team (6-4 overall record), reaching a total of 11 players not available to play in last week’s regular season finale against the Hoover Cardinals (0-10). In one of those sports anomalies you see every so often, Hoover scored the first touchdown of the game and Coronado ran off the next 45 points, all in three quarters of play. The fourth quarter was played with a running clock, which created the desired effect of no additional scoring from either team.

Islander Head Coach Kurt Hines said of the contest, “We played well after the first quarter. We allowed a 17-play drive to start the game, they never should have had. We mixed things up in the second quarter. They were big and had some guys, but they weren’t terribly well-disciplined. Once we got out of our slump, I was happy with what we were doing. We got all four of our quarterbacks in the game. I mentioned at practice Saturday morning that John Shoemaker, who is a senior quarterback, is one of the most selfless players I have coached in 20 years. His role is he starts on the point after touchdown (Shoemaker is the holder on the kick attempts) and the kick return special teams. He had a chance to play and so did John Carlson, a freshman, who got some reps. We had 11 key guys out and I’m praying we have them back for the CIF Division IV Playoffs.”

When the points came for the Islanders, they came in quick succession. In the first quarter, Islander starting quarterback Brady Roulier scored on a two-yard run, followed by a two-point conversion run by Tyler Buckley. In the second quarter, Zane Delcore scored a touchdown on a short jaunt into the Hoover end zone; Ash Bibbes scored on a 14-yard run, followed by an extra point by Nico DiMatteo; and Jayden Ferrar scored on a two-yard pass from Roulier, with Nadia Quijano converting the extra point.

Devin Schulte opened the second half by taking the kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown, followed by a Quijano conversion; Delcore scored again, this time on a blocked kick return, going 31 yards for the touchdown, followed by a DiMatteo kick; and DiMatteo kicked a 27-yard field goal to complete the scoring.

Schulte continued to dominate on both sides of the ball. In addition to his kickoff return for touchdown, he also gained 98 yards rushing on just four carries. From his inside linebacker slot on defense, he had four tackles, three assisted tackles, a quarterback sack and two tackles for loss. It’s difficult to turn up significant statistics in a game played with a running clock, but some notable plays included Donny Couts with a 35-yard pass reception; Ryan Ward returned to action with a pass reception; and Kai Concepcion, who handles the kick-offs for the Islanders, kicked off eight times and kept Hoover pretty much corralled in their end of the field.

Other defensive standouts included Jonathan Contreras with five tackles and six assists; Phillip Simpson had four tackles and four assisted tackles; Delcore also played on defense and had three tackles, one assist, two tackles for loss and one blocked punt; Ferrar had three tackles, two assists, one sack and a tackle for loss; and Ramon Inchaurrandieta had three tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass interception. 

All of this led to the announcement of the CIF Football Playoff schedule over the weekend, with Coronado earning the No. 10 seed in Division IV. They will travel to face No. 7 seed Mount Miguel Friday night for a game that will kick off at 7 p.m. Coach Hines said of Mt. Miguel, “They’re good. They are 5-5 and they are in a tougher conference than we are. They are fast, fly around the ball and they have a receiver, a little guy (No. 2 Jahiem Allen-Pompey, 5-7, 130 pounds) who has a record amount of receiving yards in the San Diego Section and is up there in the nation. I’m excited to play them and they are a really good team. That’s why you play and coach the game. It will be tough, but we’ll be ready.”

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