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Islander Football Team Falls To El Cajon Valley 20-7

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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 3:52 pm

In last week’s column, Islander Football Head Coach Kurt Hines acknowledged that one of the biggest challenges facing him and his coaching staff as they prepared for their game with El Cajon Valley High School, was the final score of their 2018 match-up. As a reminder, the Islanders battered the Braves 76-0. Apparently, Hines’s club wasn’t attentive during practice and the Braves came away with a 20-7 win over the Islanders Friday night in El Cajon. The Braves are now 3-0 after defeating Francis Parker, Hoover and now Coronado. The Islanders stand at 1-2 on the season.

Hines wasn’t pleased with the effort he saw and said, “It was a horrible game. They played a great game and showed up. I had a serious discussion with the young men Saturday morning at practice. We told them El Cajon wasn’t the same team and we played down to the level they were at last year. El Cajon 100 percent deserved to win. Our players didn’t show up to play. We had seniors pulling themselves out of the game. We had a great team meeting and I told them I wasn’t necessarily going to play the best players on the team, but I was going to coach the players who show up and want to compete. In the game we lost to Classical Academy, we didn’t finish on certain plays, but we played our hearts out. This week, a lot of the players looked like they didn’t want to be there. Fortunately this happened early in the season and can be addressed.”

The Braves opened the scoring in Friday night’s game with a 69-yard touchdown pass. Coronado was the next to score on an 11-yard run by quarterback Ash Bibbes. Short scoring runs later in the first quarter and again in the fourth quarter earned the 20-7 decision for El Cajon.

A major problem for Coronado were turnovers, with four passes intercepted and two lost fumbles. From scrimmage, the Islanders only gained 54 net yards, with 31 yards on the ground and 23 in the air. The team did accumulate some pretty significant kick-off return yardage with a 31-yard return from Tyler Buckley, a 28-yard effort from Ramon Inchaurrandieta and a 25-yard return from Ryan Ward.

Senior James Witthoft had the unusual distinction of being both the team’s leading receiver, with two catches totaling 22 yards and the team’s leading tackler with 10 and one tackle for loss from his middle linebacker spot. Coach Hines said of his Co-Captain, “He’s one of those consistent men who show up day in and day out.”

Jayden Ferrer was the leading rusher for Coronado, gaining 31 yards on four carries and was the team’s second leading tackler with four solo tackles and one assisted tackle. Inchaurrandieta added three tackles and an assisted tackle; Jacob McKanry had three tackles, a sack and three tackles for loss; John Rawlins had the identical stat line; and Kai Concepcion had two tackles, two assisted tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss.

Friday, the Islanders host Mar Vista High School and the Mariners enter the game with a record of 1-2. Their lone win was a 19-18 win over Classical Academy. Last week they lost a road game at Santana 41-0. Last year, which hasn’t proven to be a very accurate indicator of 2019 results thus far, the Mariners hosted the Islanders and won 34-7. Hines said, “They beat us pretty bad last year. I really believe we should be 3-0. Mar Vista is a good football program.” Kick-off at Coronado’s Niedermeyer Field will be at 7 p.m.

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