The Small School Game of the Week in Week 4 of the Prep Pigskin Report ended with a win for Mar Vista Mariners (2-2) over the Coronado Islanders (1-2) 34-10.
The Mariners were the first to throw some points on the board. Coronado's punt was blocked by Mariners' De'Von Peterson which lead to the first touchdown of the night. Hassan Spruill with the 6 yard touchdown run. The PAT was no good bringing the score 6-0. Soon after the Mariners again, this time Jacob Beck found De'Von Peterson for a 62 yard touchdown pass. Mar Vista up 13-0.
Coronado's defense strikes back late run the first quarter and gets a safety bringing the score 13-2. Shortly after in the second quarter, Bryce Alexander finds Trent Chatman for a 19 yard touchdown pass. The Islanders went for the two point conversion and it was good changing the score 13-10 Mariners still ahead. Still in the second quarter this time Mariners Spruill with the 18 yard touchdown run, ending the half 20-10.
Coronado tries to come back in the second half, but Victor Herrera says not in my house as he intercepts the ball which soon lead to a 31 yard touchdown pass, Beck to Peterson. It was a great day to be a Mariner, Beck to Sebastian Burke who runs it in for a 55 yard touchdown for the win. The Final 34-10.
De'Von Peterson was the Small School Game of the Week MVP with 1 blocked punt, and two rushing touchdowns. The win improves Mar Vista (2-2) and the loss drops Coronado (1-2).
The Islanders will have another home game next Friday night agains Scripps Ranch, and Mar Vista will travel to University City.
Preview:The Small School Game of the Week in Week 4 of the Prep Pigskin report is at Coronado High School (1-1) where the Islanders will host the Mar Vista Mariners (1-2).
Coronado head coach Kurt Hines is in his 20th season as a high school coach, and in his 2nd season at Coronado. The Islanders have a very young team with only 25 players and two returning starters. "The number one thing we have to work on, is getting our guys to believe in themselves, and in all that we can achieve as long as we work together", said coach Hines.
Hines also mentioned how they are going to focus on running the ball and to keep an eye on Trent Chatman and Max Baker for most of the carries. Hines said he wants to give a shout out to "the O and D line who stepped up big last week, and who are needed to do the same this week as well".
Hines knows that Mar Vista is a "very well coaches and physical team", and in order for the Islanders to have success the need to "play great discipline football, and play a full 4 quarters".
Mar Vista traveled to Las Vegas last Friday and suffered a tough loss against Bonanza 19-14. Head coach Tyler Arciaga is in his 5th year with the Mariners. "Our seniors do a solid job of keeping the cohesiveness of our team. Despite the 1-2 start, I haven't seen kids point fingers or be negative towards other team members", said Arciaga.
The Mariners started this season having lost a lot of starters and impact players. " The biggest thing offensively we need to concentrate on is playing a full game and not shooting ourselves in the foot with turnovers and costly penalties. Defensively, we need to maintain consistency by not giving big/explosive plays and long third-down conversions", said coach Arciaga.
Mar Vista also will be running the ball a lot with running back Kyle Denny leading the offense. If the Mariners do decide to throw the ball, look out for De'Von Peterson as their main target.
Other key Mariner players to watch out for are Jake Borst, Niko Figueroa and Michael Munoz, all who are leaders and huge power houses on the offense.
Don't miss the Small School Game of the Week at Coronado. Kickoff is scheduled for 7p.m. on Friday. Check out the highlights and more on KUSI's 60-minute Prep Pigskin Report Friday at 10:30p.m.