Mixed Feelings for Freshman Football

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Claire Kyllonen

Kyle Irlbeck carries the ball up field during the third quarter.

by Claire Kyllonen, Staff Writer

For the freshman coaches, as well as the players, Thursday, September 12th brought a slew of emotions. The Freshman Red team defeated St. Dominick at a home game with a final score of 24-6. The Freshman Blue team played away against Manor, and sadly, the final score was 12-0 in favor of Manor.

The Freshman Red game showed the crowd the boys meant business. The first points scored were for a touchdown made starting running back Gabriel Warren with 3:19 left on the clock.

“I was mainly focused on making sure I didn’t get tackled and trying to break through the box, but when I got in that end zone, it was all for my team,” Warren said.

Later, with 2:37 seconds on the clock, St. Dominick made a touchdown, scraping together the only points they would earn for the rest of the game. With 1:09 left on the clock, Warren made another touchdown for the Lions, and the score at the end of the first quarter was left 12-6 in favor of Leander. The second quarter featured another touchdown for the Lions made again by Warren. The third quarter featured the third and final touchdown for the Lions made by Christian Matthews. The game ended with a victory chant by the Freshmen boys: “Aim for the head! When you see it, go get it! Go Lions!”

The Freshman Blue team had an unfortunate loss against Manor at Mustang Stadium.

“We just couldn’t seem to get the ball into the end zone, and our offense didn’t do as well as I’d hoped,” freshman Football Coordinator Clay Richards said.

Against Manor’s speed, the Blue team managed to break only a couple of runs and make a few passes.

“We just gotta do a better job of blocking for the run and tackling on defense,” Richards said. “You just can’t live and die on the trick plays and passes.”

The Freshmen teams will play at home this week on Thursday, September 19th, against the Pflugerville Panthers. Come support your Lions!