Freshman football falls to Diamond Ranch

Freshman football was defeated by Diamond Ranch 0-41 in its last home game of the season on Thursday, Oct. 26.

Diamond Ranch started the first quarter with a 15-yard running touchdown, scoring six points after an incomplete one-point conversion.

“There’s just mistakes that we have to correct,” linebacker sophomore Justin Rancour said. “With [the team], I feel like when you sign up for football, you start something, so now you have to finish it. No matter what, you’re going to try your hardest to win. Remembering why you joined [and] why you wanted to play [is what motivates us].”

Within the first minute of the second quarter, Diamond Ranch completed a one-yard rushing touchdown, extending the score 0-12. At the 4:05 mark, another touchdown was made by Diamond Ranch against Walnut’s defense. With 20 seconds left, Walnut countered with an interception from cornerback freshman Matthew Ho. However, the quarter ended with an incomplete play and Diamond Ranch leading 0-19.  

“It doesn’t matter about the win, just have fun in it. I was trying to get a touchdown. I was aiming to gain yards,” Ho said. “It was a great experience. [I like] the suspense in playing football, like you can get the ball and you can just run.”

By the end of the third quarter, Diamond Ranch led 0-33 from two touchdowns and two one-point conversions. At the 8:15 mark of the fourth quarter, Diamond Ranch intercepted the ball and made a 25-yard run to score the final touchdown of the game, ending the game 0-41.

“[The good part of the game was] working as a team. We cheer each other on and motivate each other,” wide receiver and cornerback freshman Evan Young said. “The coaches [motivate us]. They tell us every game that it’s winnable and that it’s not that hard. If you don’t try it, then you won’t start.”

By Sarah Lew, Staff writer
Photo by Airi Gonzalez