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Islanders Inaugurate Their New Turf Field With Big Win Over Marantha Christian

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Posted: Friday, August 30, 2019 3:50 pm

The Islanders home opener on their newly installed turf field versus Maranatha Christian on Friday, Aug. 23, was a resounding success with the final score of 42-6.

Senior Devin Schulte led the way offensively with three rushing touchdowns of 56 yards, 10 yards and 37 yards and a total of 103 yards on his only three carries. Schulte was playing his first high school football game following his highly regarded previous three years on the lacrosse field. Junior quarterback Ash Bibbes and senior wide receiver James Withhoft led the Islander air attack that accounted for 126 yards and two additional touchdowns. Bibbes closed out the Islander scoring with a one-yard touchdown run. The Islanders totaled 392 yards resulting from 266 rushing yards and 126 passing yards. Sophomore Nico Dimatteo was six for six on extra-point kicks.

Defensively, the Islanders held their opponent to 146 total yards and one lone touchdown in the second quarter. Witthoft, Schulte, senior Tyler Buckley and junior John Rawlins led the team defensively. The defense forced three turnovers, including interceptions by sophomore Dylan Noble and Buckley. The defense also recorded six sacks, two by Schulte and one each by Witthoft, Rawlins, senior Phillip Simpson and senior Edward Hayes. Senior Jacob McKanry continued his first team All-Central League play from last year with two tackles for losses and numerous quarterback hurried throws.

“The team played well as a unit, but understand that there’s a lot to work on,” said head coach Kurt Hines.”[I’m] looking forward to this Friday’s home game against a very strong Classical Academy.

The Islanders began preparation immediately after the game for their next opponent, Classical Academy. This will be the first meeting of these two teams and will be a big test for the Islanders. Classical Academy lost in the CIF Division V semi-final game last year and was moved into Division IV with Coronado this season. Classical Academy has a San Diego County top ranked quarterback and likes to air it out offensively. The game will be this Friday, 7 p.m., at Coronado’s Niedermeyer field.

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