Kofa football coach John Blabe said a major goal in turning around the Kings’ program was to stay competitive.
In the season opener at home against El Centro-Central, the Kings seemed to hang in for a while before the Spartans eventually ran away with it in a 42-0 victory Friday night at Kofa.
“We played about two-and-a-half quarteres then we ran out of gas,” said Blabe, who is in his first year coaching at Kofa after spending 29 years at Antelope.
Last season, Central beat the Kings 40-7 in El Centro.
Blabe said the Kings struggled on offense and were frequently called for penalties.
“We had probably about 100 yards of penalties and about 100 yards of total offense,” he said.
Blabe, who said he’s looking at the positives while he attempts to rebuild Kofa’s football program, said the defense played well – particularly senior linebacker Chris Gotchie, senior defensive lineman Jesus Polino and junior Zachary Castaneda.
Kofa (0-1) has gone 6-25 in the three previous seasons before hiring Blabe, who spent one year in retirement from Antelope before taking the job with the Kings. With his first game back, he said it didn’t feel too different being on the sidelines again.
“I have only been out of it for a year so I didn’t have to shake off too much dust.”