Strong defensive play, a powerful rushing attack, and athletes who made plays on both sides of the ball were all factors in the Tri-City Christian Eagles 35-0 victory over the Coronado Islanders. Roman Gonzalez starred for the Eagles as both a linebacker and a running back, and the Eagles’ offense controlled the clock and helped the defense stay well rested.
The Islanders couldn’t catch a break all night, beginning in the first quarter when Tri-City Christian’s Jared Viola made a big play for the Eagles’ special teams by tackling the holder on a Coronado field goal attempt. Later in the first quarter, running back Christian Salibo scored from a yard out to put the Eagles up 7-0.
In the second quarter, Roman Gonzalez made his first highlight with a big hit, forcing a fumble and giving his Eagles the ball. He then followed that up with a great run to put his team up 14-0. Defensive tackle Marciano Wills helped the Eagles end the second half on a high note by blocking a pass from the line of scrimmage on 4th down.
The second half was more of the same. Christian Salibo scored his second and third touchdown, followed by another score by player of the game Roman Gonzalez. This puts the Tri-City Christian Eagles back on track as they jumped to .500. Their next challenge will be the defending Division 4 champion La Jolla Country Day Torreys. The Coronado Islanders hope to snap a 2 game losing streak and improve to 2-3 in a home game against Scripps Ranch. Tune into the Prep Pigskin Report next week to see what unfolds in Week 6!
PREVIEW - This week’s edition of the Prep Pigskin Report goes all the way down to Coronado where the Islanders will be waiting for the visiting Tri-City Christian Eagles. Both teams come into this matchup with a 1-2 record, only one can move to .500 while the other will have an even steeper hill to climb at 1-3.
The main thing the hosting Coronado Islanders need to focus on is scoring. The team only managed 10 points in last weeks loss to Mar Vista, but this group has the potential to turn that around. Trent Chatman has been a reliable running back in the backfield, and receivers Teddy Hendrickson and Caden Gentry have shown they can be a problem for defenses. Speaking of defense, that would be the Islanders strength behind defensive lineman Joey Discenzo and Joshua Wink. If the offense step up as expected then this could be a very easy win, don’t expect that to be the case though.
Tri-City Christian also look to bounce back from the previous weeks loss as they fell to the unbeaten Central Spartans by 20 points. Despite the tough loss they have a lot of positives to focus on. Quarterback Zach Reitmeyer has been a strong leader for the Eagles, and sidekick isn’t strong enough of a word for how running back Roman Gonzalez has played this season. The senior is averaging over seven and a half yards a run and has crossed the goal line three times. The Eagle defense is led by ball-hawk Christian Salibo, who has already picked off opposing quarterbacks three passes in three games! Tune into the Prep Pigskin Report this Friday to find out which of these two teams walked away with the victory.