Despite some strong efforts from a number of players, Mission Bay found itself in the winless column this season under first-year head coach Kenny Nears.
Early in the season, Nears noted, “We have to get better... Every game we are looking better... but we must continue to work.”
While the team never quit, the wins were not to be found.
Mission Bay started its season with a pair of back-to-back shutout losses to Escondido (27-0) and West Hills (28-0), respectively.
From there, the Bucs did manage to have a competitive game, dropping a 34-20 decision to Rancho Buena Vista. But September concluded with defeats to Patrick Henry (28-7) and The Bishop’s School (60-0), respectively.
Looking for a better October, Mission Bay got off on a bad start with a 68-12 defeat to Christian. From there, the Bucs fell to Lincoln (42-6), Saints (56-15), and Morse (36-0) to close out the month.
In search of its first win as November rolled around, Mission Bay was handily defeated by Scripps Ranch 62-21.
In Eastern League action, Mission Bay went 0-4 on the season. Overall, Mission Bay was outscored 441-81 in its 10 defeats.
While this has proven to be a tough season, good things can come from such a campaign.
Knowing they do not want to go through another such experience next year, those underclassmen back in 2018 will want to take the lessons of this season and grow from them.
With a lot of off-season work and going into next August ready to change things around starting with the season opener, Mission Bay may very well find its first victory in two years.