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ISLANDERS RESILIENCY PAYS OFF WITH HUGE VICTORY

2019 EAST COUNTY FOOTBALL

CIF DIVISION IV PLAYOFFS

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#10 CORONADO 29, #7 MOUNT MIGUEL 27

SPRING VALLEY (11-8-19) – The last time these two squads met was back in the 2011 Division IV playoffs when the Mount Miguel Matadors were the top seed. In that contest, the visiting lower-seeded Coronado Islanders would spoil the party with a big upset victory.

Fast forward to 2019 and Mount Miguel (5-6) was the higher seed and a favorite in the contest against lower-seeded Coronado Islanders (7-4) but would dejavu reign again?

With both teams struggling to find the end zone in the first quarter the game would be scoreless after one-quarter of play.

Early on in the second quarter, the Islanders would put the first points on the board when Brady Roulier connected with Tyler Buckley for an 8-yard touchdown to make it 7-0.

This didn’t deter the Matadors as their offense was of the big strike variety and they didn’t waste any time as Jacob Laverdiere connected with Jaheim Allen-Pompey who caught the ball at the 20-yard line and juked the defense all the way for the score to tie it at 7-7.

The touchdown catch by Allen-Pompey was his 23rd on the season and only four behind the San Diego CIF Section All-Time single-season record. The catch also gave him over 2,000 receiving on the season thus making him the first-ever receiver in San Diego Section history to ever to accomplish that feat as he had already broken the previous mark a week ago.

Mount Miguel a few minutes later would take the lead as Laverdiere who not only passes by can run flashed his speed as he took one in from 9-yards out to give Mount Miguel a 14-7 lead. With under five minutes remaining in the half, the Matadors behind a 10-yard rushing touchdown by Anthony Mitchell would extend their lead to 21-7.

Coronado didn’t fret though as Coach Hines rallied his troops and right before the intermission Devon Schulte took the hand off and raced 55-yards for a touchdown to pull within 21-14.

Early on in the second half, the defense for the Islanders came alive as they were able to force a safety to cut the lead to 21-16 and get the ball back. After getting the ball back a couple of minutes later the offense for Coronado struck again as Schulte blazed 23-yards for the score to give the Islanders the lead 23-21.

Heading into the fourth quarter with the slim lead the Islanders were able to extend their lead thanks to Ash Bibbe using his legs for a 10-yard score to make it 29-21.

Back and forth both teams would go and Coronado would have to punt the ball away with about a couple of minutes remaining in the game.

Mount Miguel with about a minute remaining would get the ball on the 48-yard line of the Islanders. They would eventually work their way into the red zone and score when Laverdiere connected with Anthony Mitchell for an 18-yard score.

Trailing 29-27 after the touchdown the Matadors had to go for the two-point conversion. On the conversion, the Matadors handed the ball off and the Islanders defense came up big stuffing the running back a couple of yards out to preserve the victory.

“I am just so proud of our young men and their resiliency and we just continued to fight till the end.” Said Coronado Head Coach Kurt Hines when asked about the game itself.

With the victory, the Coronado Islanders will travel to Tierrasanta where they will take on the #2 seeded Serra Conquistadors next Friday night at 7 PM.

 

 

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