Coronado Islanders 17, La Jolla Country Day 9
On Friday night, the Coronado Islanders defeated La Jolla Country Day 17-9 to advance to the Division V Championship.
It was a quiet first quarter for both teams, who each have their own offensive superstars.
The Torreys took a 3-0 lead after an impressive 41-yard field goal from Drew Schmid.
It looked like the Islanders were going to score after Alejandro Carrera’s great kick-off return. Unfortunately, Coronado fell short on a few close drives and would have to wait until the second quarter.
And just like that, Tyler Corbin scored on a 21-yard touchdown run to put the Islanders up 7-3.
In the second, La Jolla Country Day was plagued by bad snaps and quarterback Braxton Burmeister had to scramble for his life.
At one point, the Islanders back-to-back sacks resulted in a 3rd & 32 for the Torreys.
But, the score was still only 7-3 heading into the half.
In the third quarter, Coronado quarterback Briley Knight tossed a 14-yard touchdown to Wyatt Montague to give the Islanders a 14-3 lead.
Burmeister was able to get the Torreys within striking distance after he ran in a seven- yard touchdown. The two-point conversion attempt was no good. Coronado led 14-9.
A 24-yard run by Knight put the Islanders in field goal range. Andres Gonzalez-Luna was in his usual form. This time he nailed a 32-yard field goal to help secure the Islanders win.
This was a true team performance for Coronado. From offense, to defense, to special teams. Coach Isabella and his staff thought up a great game and the Islanders sure did execute.
Christopher Haas may not have had a touchdown, but he still had an impressive game. With 116 yards on the night, Haas broke the Islanders single season rushing record, previously held by JT Rogan (’04).
Coronado will face Crawford next week for the Division V title.
PREVIEW: The La Jolla County Day Torreys (8-3) will travel to Coronado this Friday to take on the Islanders (7-4) in the Division V Semifinals.
The Islanders sure are earning that #1 rank. They are coming into this game with a four-game win streak, in which they’ve outscored their opponents 95-27.
Coronado’s offense has really found its rhythm. Although the offense still runs through senior running back Christopher Haas, his teammates have been stepping up when needed most.
Haas is currently the sixth leading rusher in the county, collecting more than 1,400 yards this season.
Last week, the Islander’s efforts on special teams and defense were able to rattle Tri-City and keep the Eagles shutout.
Coronado’s defense has a much tougher task this week. They will have to contain one of the best passers in the state, Braxton Burmeister.
Burmeister is nearly impossible to contain. There is a reason he was recruited by Illinois, Florida, Arizona and Washington. The junior quarterback has already thrown for more than 2,400 yards this season, the third most in the county.
Burmeister has had help from wide receiver Brennan Goring. Goring had two touchdowns against Clairemont last week and should be one of Burmeister’s main targets again.
The winner of this game will play the winner of the Vincent Memorial vs. Crawford game and advance to the championship game.
Tune into the Prep Pigskin Report this Friday at 10:30 on KUSI to find out who wins this game and plenty of other playoff match ups throughout the county.