Coronado Islanders 34, San Diego Cavers 22
It went from a massacre to a full blown Michael Jackson "Thriller" on Friday night! The Coronado Islanders (5-4) nearly allowed the San Diego Cavers (1-8) to come back from the dead, but hung on to win 34-22, but it was certainly not an easy win for the home team, and one San Diego players and coaches will look back on with regret.
The Cavers were down 34-0 at halftime but came out on fire, scoring on back-to-back drives after capitalizing on Coronado turnovers and miscues. Eventually, San Diego got to within 34-22 in the 4th quarter, with the ball in Islanders territory, but turned the ball over on downs and the Islanders then ran out the clock.
San Diego can look directly at their lack of self-control and letting their emotions get the best of them. From my count, the Cavers had 10 unsportsmanlike conduct penalties with four coming after a controversial roughing the punter penalty in the 2nd quarter. That play, which took about 15 minutes to get settled, led to 45 total yards worth of penalties being assessed and, the real issue: Coronado retained the ball. Senior running back, Christopher Haas, aka: Mr. Touchdown, scored on the next play and the lead ballooned to 34 points before halftime. Haas had four touchdown runs on the night.
There is just one week left in the regular season! What a week it will be too! Coronado will host El Cajon Valley with hopes to end 6-4 on the season. San Diego finishes their season at home against Central League leaders, University City.
PREVIEW: What a spooky week it has been! "Glenn" from "The Walking Dead" went zombie-surfing off a dumpster, Drake thought he could dance and the Oakland Raiders have three wins. The only event that can bring us back to normalcy is the Prep Pigskin Report and a great Central League match-up featuring Coronado (4-4) and San Diego (1-7), this Friday night.
The two teams may be at the bottom of the Central League, but don’t tell them they’re "Walkers" just yet. Coronado will proudly represent their seniors and give fans in attendance a great pre-Halloween show on Friday. The Islanders could also finish with an impressive 6-4 record and a season-ending three game winning streak. They host the Cavers this week and El Cajon Valley (5-3) next week.
The San Diego Cavers are going in the other direction. As previously mentioned in other San Diego Football previews, the Cavers are better than their record and will look to prove that against Coronado. Combine that with a win against University City (6-2) next week and Cavers Nation will surely need some fried chicken as a reward.
If you can’t make it to the game or refuse to drive really slow on Coronado Island to get there, kick up your feet and relax. The PPR will have all your game highlights at 10:30 p.m.and you can even stream the show live on KUSI.COM.