The varsity football team capped an exciting Homecoming Week with a 28-6 victory over the La Salle Royal Lions during the Homecoming football game held on Oct. 25. The team was prepared, coming onto the field determined to win.
“It was so exciting to see the Raiders beat the Royal Lions during the homecoming game. Everyone was very excited and happy to see the team working together so well, making a great game to watch,” said senior Lucia Herrmann.
The Raiders came into the game confident from their previous wins, but did not let that confidence affect their training.
“We prepare for every game like the opposing team is the very best.” said Coach Sims.
The Lions, known for their offensive strategies, came onto the field Friday afternoon with strong plays and quick team members. The Raiders focused on strengthening their defense, a strategy that has proved successful all season.
“We want to be as consistent as possible in our defensive game by getting turnovers, stopping their offense, and scoring points as we have been doing,” said Sims.
The players’ high morale resonated throughout the game, keeping the fans excited.
“We went to the homecoming game to play for the Raider fans and play some Raider football. We knew we just had to keep executing and we would come away with the win,” said sophomore Mitchell Davis.
The football players consistently fought off the Lions’ offense, leaving them at zero points for the first half. Despite a couple of small defensive slip ups, resulting in a touchdown scored by La Salle late in the game, the Raiders quickly responded with their offense, gaining back momentum. During the fourth quarter, the Lions attempted a pass, but it was intercepted skillfully by senior TJ Reeves, ending the game.
Many blue-and-white-clad students, parents, and teachers came out to cheer the team.
“The energy of the crowd was electric. You could feel the school spirit coming from everybody,” said junior Claudier Molina.
During the halftime show, the crowd went from spirited to ecstatic when the cheerleaders and Sundancers performed their dances and stunts. After the performances, the homecoming court made an appearance, throwing blue and white necklaces into the crowd.
“The half time show was fun and entertaining. I am so glad I was there,” said senior Grant Wood.
With hard work and practice, and support from their fans, the football team is looking ahead to the rest of their season. The Raiders are currently tied for first place in the district with Booker T. Washington high school, with a record of 6-1.