Tonight, marks the end of the 2016 regular season. In what ended as a nail biter, the Coronado Islanders (8-2) defeated the Kearny Komets (3-7) to become Div. 4 Central League champions. The final score, 19-18 Coronado.
Admittedly, I was expecting the Islanders to dominate tonight’s game; I’m glad I was wrong.
Coronado set the tone early in the first quarter as quarterback Briley Knight passed to Braeden Laughlin for a 52 yard touchdown. The extra point was no good. In a couple minutes, Kearny replied by completing a touchdown of their own. Kearny’s Lerone Randle connected with Treshaun Gray in a 47 yard touchdown play. The score is tied at 6 apiece.
In the second quarter, Kearny sent a stern message to Coronado. After a strong 64 yard drive, Kearny capitalized with a yard touchdown executed by Levi Olumani, 12-6 Kearny. Coronado scrambled to find a way to close the gap before halftime arrived. Their efforts failed after Caleb Evans fumbled the ball 35 yards from the end zone. Kearny’s Don Juan “DJ” Linton managed to recover the ball and return it to the end zone for another 6 points. At halftime, Kearny led the Islander by 2 touchdown, 18-6 Komets.
Unfortunately, we left Coronado at halftime to attend another game. Coronado was able to bounce back and win the game by a single point.
Next week, the Coronado Islanders will host the Central Spartans in their first playoff game of the season.
The end of the regular season is upon us. Week 11 takes us over the Coronado bridge for Friday night’s game between the Coronado Islanders (7-2) and the Kearny Komets (3-6).
The Islanders have their sights focused on the Div. 4 Central league championship. A victory over the Komets will bring the championship to Coronado for the first time in six years. A win on Friday will be Tony Isabella’s first league championship as Coronado’s head coach.
Coronado’s quarterback Briley Knight has passed for 1223 yards. Knight is within the top 5 passers in Division 4. In addition to his passing achievements, Knight is the second leading rusher on his team. Running back Dan Komorowski leads with 702 rushing yards while Knight follows with 409 yards. He will undoubtedly add to his accomplishments in Week 11.
Kearny is looking to end their season strong. The Komets interchange quarterbacks Kenyon Williams and Lerone Randle throughout their games. As a sophomore, Williams represents the future of the Komets. Although the team has not done so well this season, younger players like Williams will benefit from the experience. I am excited to see how Kearny will do in the coming years.
Catch the highlights on the Prep Pigskin Report at 10:30 PM on Friday night.