With the Central League title on the line at Niedermeyer Field in Coronado on Friday night, Dustan Ellison and his Serra Conquistadors teammates were ready.
Ellison, a sophomore, rushed for 211 yards on 28 carries in a 54-0 victory over the Islanders.
According to Serra coach Dru Smith, the league crown was a tribute to the determination of his squad, which began the season with three consecutive losses.
“It’s a testament to how hard these guys have worked,” said Smith. “We have a special group of kids.”
The Conquistadors took the opening kickoff and marched 13 plays, culminated by a 25-yard scoring pass from Timmy Zebroski to Mark Genevich for a 6-0 lead.
After setting the tone early, Serra didn’t look back, giving the Islanders no chance to gain any momentum on their home field.
Ellison rumbled in from two yards out on the Conquistadors’ second possession to make it 12-0 as Serra increased its advantage to 26-0 at the half.
Coronado got the ball to begin the second half, but was forced to punt after only six plays, which allowed the visitors to continue piling on points.
In addition to his rushing numbers, Ellison also took a fake punt 18 yards on a 4th-and-10 in the second quarter.
Smith said Ellison is a prime example of the work ethic his team has shown this season.
“Dustan’s amazing for only being a sophomore,” he said. “He’s got a Division I future.”
Genevich caught touchdown passes of 25 and 46 yards and also intercepted a pair of passes for the Conquistadors.
Serra finished the season 7-3 overall and a perfect 4-0 in the Central, while Coronado was also 7-3 with a 3-1 league mark.
Akanewich is a freelance writer.
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