Calabasas Football No Match for St. Bonny


After already having won three Marmonte League games this season after winning just three over the previous seven seasons, visiting Calabasas High was hoping to keep the momentum going Friday against powerhouse St. Bonaventure of Ventura.

But it looks like the Coyotes (3-6, 3-5) will have to continue to take their success in doses, as St. Bonaventure won 57-0 while registering nine sacks in a Marmonte League game at Ventura College, as the Seraphs (7-1, 6-1) have lost just one home game since 1997.

“They showed why they’re so good,” Calabasas coach Larry Edwards said. “We just didn’t match up well. We need to execute better, and there were a few situations where we just weren’t ourselves.”

Calabasas’ Kyle Zion completed 7 of 14 passes for 60 yards, and Brandon Marin entered late in the game and completed 3 of 6 for 57 yards, including a long touchdown that was called back because of a hold. Shane Bick, a top receiver and linebacker, had two catches for 18 yards and a big hit on defense before leaving in the second half because of an injury.

“If we lose Shane for the rest of the season, that would be very tough,” running back Tai Kusakawa said. “He’s a two-way player, so it’s not like we would losing just one starter.”

But give Calabasas credit for fighting until the end, as the Coyotes drove to the St. Bonaventure 5 on their last possession, but could not score.

“We didn’t give up,” Zion said. “We played to the best of our abilities.”

Calabasas was limited to 135 yards, 18 rushing.

The Coyotes have another tough game coming up next week at home against Thousand Oaks and Zion said his team will be ready for the challenge.

“Next week, we need to prepare mentally. We have the depth, we just need to pick it up,” he said.

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