Fridays before the "big game" are days filled with Islander spirit at Coronado High School. The Islander football team comes dressed in their uniformed best, and the CHS Cheerleaders come prepared to feed their grumbling stomachs with gift bags for their football "buddy" to eat before the game.
I sat down among the excitement to talk with player and CHS Junior, Austin Rumbo. Rumbo, as he is affectionately called by his peers, may be the class clown, but he isn't joking around about football. Though his jersey may read #88, Rumbo is certainly working his way towards being #1.
How long have you been playing football?
"I've played football since the 9th grade [so, three years as of the 2013/2014 season]."
What position do you play?
"I typically play wide receiver on offense, but I have played anywhere from free safety to defensive end."
Under new coaching this year, how have things changed for the team?
"Well the coaching hasn't been too much different, however we did change our entire offense and defense, which took a little time to get used to!"
What made you decide to stick with football?
"I decided to stick with it because I was always bigger than other [guys], and my best sport was football because of that. I think that seeing players like Ryan Halvorson, who I played side-by-side with last year, helped me to work harder to become a better player. I wanted to become as good as he is."
Austin Rumbo in action on the field.
Do you aspire to be like any college or NFL players?
"I would love to be as good as Demaryius Thomas [of the NFL's Denver Broncos] or Calvin Johnson [of the NFL's Detroit Lions] because they are both above 6'3" and weigh above 225 pounds, making them uncover-able by any player."
Which players should fans of the CHS Islanders look out for this year?
"Robby Weissenfels, #7, our quarterback who also plays free safety, is a guy that is filled with highlights reels. Zack Kozlik, playing fullback at #99, will be a monster when he returns from his sprained ankle. He will also be playing on the defensive line as linebacker. You should be hearing both of those guys' names on Friday nights."
What is the best part about being an Islander?
"My favorite part of the Islanders team is how much of a family we are. Everyone is there to pick each other up."
Don't miss the Islanders' roster, and don't forget to support your local footballers by checking out their schedule! Also, bring back some memories of past victories at Coronado High's Salute to the Champions on September 9th at 6:00 PM in the CHS quad.
Photos courtesy of Coronado Football Boosters & Austin Rumbo.
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