By Nolan Sanders
The homecoming football game this year, which took place on Saturday afternoon, may not have ended up as a victory in our team’s record, but the Bobcats proved they can compete at the same level as tough teams.
The first half of the game seemed to have the momentum shifting towards Harrison; their team put points on the board right out of the gate. The second half began slowly with both defenses getting stops, but starting towards the end of the third quarter, Byram was able to get some key 4th down conversions.
Brett Stafford, the quarterback, was able to connect with Antonio Aversa three times in the second half of the game for all of the Bobcats’ touchdowns. Brett was also able to keep the ball out of his opponents’ hands with zero interceptions in the second half.
Due to the offense’s success, the defense was able to stay off the field longer, and thus had more time to recover for the next possession. This allowed the momentum to keep going towards the Bobcats with a number of impressive defensive stands. The final score of the game turned out to be 19-32 in favor of Harrison, although the Bobcats did outscore Harrison in the second half of the game by a touchdown.
After the game, junior captain Joe Saglimbeni said, “Even though we weren’t able to pull out a win today, it gives us a lot of confidence to play the way we did in the second half. The fans really gave us motivation on a fun homecoming game to play in.”
The football team certainly has success to come if they compete the way they did in the second half on Saturday. Come out to support them at their next game, this Saturday against Lincoln High School.