Varsity football loses to Rowland
Varsity football lost to Rowland 14-35 in a preseason away game Friday, Aug. 31.
Starting the first possession at their 35 yard line, the Mustangs progressed to the Raiders’ 25 yard line through ball carries by defensive back senior Jaxson McIsaac and running back senior Antonio Scott. The Raiders fared similarly in their first possession, reaching the Mustangs’ 24 yard line and losing the possession to the Mustangs. With 1:44 left in the first quarter, the Raiders scored a touchdown and the conversion, bringing the score 0-7.
“During the first quarter, I was making blocks and caught the one pass thrown to me,“ McIsaac said. “I felt focused and went over all my assignments, [which were] making sure their receivers didn’t get past me on defense [and] to block passes.”
In the second quarter, Walnut got to Rowland’s 11 yard line with its four minute possession; however, Rowland responded with a successful 89 yard touchdown run, setting the score 0-14 with 4:23 remaining. 22 seconds later, defensive tackle senior William von Goeben scored a touchdown for Walnut after running 63 yards and hurdling over a defender, making the score 7-14. The quarter ended with Rowland scoring another touchdown with 44 seconds left, increasing their lead 7-20.
“I was just calm [because] there’s no point in getting too excited about anything. You [have to] maintain some form of mental calmness because you don’t want to overextend yourself [or] try to overcompensate or be too concerned about statistics or anything like that,” middle linebacker Jonathan Kamayatsu said.
Three minutes into the third quarter, wide receiver senior Jared Arellano scored a touchdown for the Mustangs by returning the Raiders’ punt 57 yards, making the score 14-20. During the rest of the quarter, the Raiders scored two touchdowns and a two-point conversion, expanding their lead 14-35. Throughout the fourth quarter, the Mustangs and the Raiders traded possessions, with neither team scoring a touchdown.
“During the fourth quarter, I pumped my [teammates] up every play to go out and execute their jobs. They started to believe in themselves more and [went] out and executed. [Coach Eric Peralta] hyped me up, telling me to fight until the end,” McIsaac said.
By Jacob Khuu, Sports editor
Photo by Justin Jiang