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The Offensive and Defensive lines are the heartblood of any football team. Here the CHS and Crawford lineman battle it out in Friday’s Homecoming game at Coronado High School. The Islanders will be back in action with a key road matchup as they will travel to battle The Komets of Kearny High School on Friday, October 21, at 7 p.m.

There is nothing quite like Friday night lights, but if you throw in the word “homecoming,” it makes a football game that much more special.

And for the Coronado High School Islanders football team, that is the situation they found themselves in as they battled Crawford High School in their homecoming game this past Friday night.

In front of a sea of Islander Faithful, the Islanders hoped to bring home a W in a matchup that would likely decide the winner of the Central League. However, Friday night would not be the Islander’s night, as they would fall to the visiting Colts by a tight score of 13-7.

“We just did not do enough to win,” said Islander Head Coach Kurt Hines. “It was too many silly mental mistakes that hurt us in the matchup. But credit to Crawford, they are a tough team and battle us hard. But I’m still proud of the effort and toughness our young men showed.” 

The main issue on the night for Coronado was their inability to sustain successful offensive drives to allow them to put points on the board. At this point in the season, this is a bit of a tough obstacle to be running into.

“We were not sustaining drives, and some of it still comes down to guys still not fully knowing their plays, which is frustrating. And the other thing is simply execution. But I have confidence in these guys to get these plays right; it was just not there for us on Friday.”

The Islanders did have their offensive flashes on Friday. Most specifically in their first quarter scoring drive, which featured a 30-yard pitch and catch from QB Graham Bower to Connor Little, a 15-yard rush by Steven Davis, and a 14-yard throw from Bower to Logan Eastlick that put the Islanders up 7-0 in the first. But that drive, as mentioned prior, would be the extent of the Islander scoring. The offensive ability is undoubtedly there; it is just a matter of finding it more consistently.

However, while the offense had its troubles on Friday, the Islander defense was as stout as ever, allowing less than 275 of total offense to Crawford.

“Our defensive ends were a huge impact on us. Saxton Sylvester, Ty Pusch, and Kieran Ramirez all had strong nights on the front four,” said Hines. “Elias Valdivia was fantastic yet again, and in the secondary, we had great efforts from Eastlick and Connor Little all stepped up. The defense has been really sound all season, and they kept us in it on Friday.”

Again, the loss is no doubt frustrating, but the defense is something that the team has to be pleased with. Their play kept them in the game late, and if they continue to play this way down the stretch, Coronado should find themselves in spots to win.

With the loss on Friday night, the Islanders dropped their record to 5-3 and had their conference record pushed to 2-1.

The loss is unfortunate on its own, but it also made the Islander’s road to the playoffs perhaps a bit tougher, as they now sit as the projected No. 7 seed according to MaxPreps.com. However, with a win in their final two, the Islanders should still be able to lock in a home playoff game this season.

The Islanders will be back in action with a key road matchup as they will travel to battle The Komets of Kearny High School on Friday, October 21, at 7 p.m.

“Kearny is bigger than Crawford and has guys that can move you upfront. They roll with two different guys at QB. They love to use them to run the ball and have playmakers around the field. This is a much improved Komets team, and I think it will be a good battle this Friday night,” said Hines.

VOL. 112, NO. 42 - Oct. 19, 2022

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