On Friday, September 1st, Redwood’s Varsity football team started off the season with a win, scoring 36-14, at home against Clovis East.
This year’s five captains, Michael Harris, ‘18, Jayden Sullivan, ‘18, Damian Lujan, ‘18, Alonzo Ozuna, ‘18, and Logan Shafer, ‘18, showed strong communication and leadership on the field by leading their team to a tough victory against the Timberwolves.
Hector Gonzalez, ‘19, started the game as quarterback. This was his first time playing on Varsity since his injury early last season. His comeback showcased the strength in their team when he connected with eight different receivers, covering a total of 132 yards, and throwing 4 touchdown passes.
Gonzalez said, “Last year I didn’t get to play much because I was hurt, so I just studied a lot about the game and I feel more prepared now. We knew this was going to be a hard game, but we were able to get better as the game went on.” Obviously, all the studying and hard work on the field paid off, allowing him to enter the game focused and confident.
Redwood definitely sent a message across to Clovis East with the first play of the game, when Harris returned the opening kickoff over 80 yards. The crowd, along with the student section, exploded when just a few plays later, Harris scored the first touchdown of the game within 3 minutes of the game putting them up 7-0.
Clovis East answered to this by returning the kickoff and driving down the field to score, proving their speed and agility with 4 minutes left in the quarter. This gave Clovis East a burst of energy as their quarterback kept the ball and ran it in for a touchdown, taking the lead of 7-14 to end the first quarter.
Clovis started the second half with the ball at the 35 yard line, but Redwood’s defense held them down, forcing them to punt at the 41 yard line.
Gonzales ended the quarter with a pass to Drew Stogsdill, ’18, in the corner of the end zone gaining another touchdown. After making the extra point, Rangers made the score 36-14 for the end of the third quarter.
Both of the teams defensive lines held down the field leaving there no touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Shafer said, “This game is definitely a milestone for the team. Clovis is a better team than Reedley, so it shows the big improvement the team has made.”
Coach Ball, the Varsity coach, said, “They’re a fun group to be around, I enjoy being around them. Once I stop to enjoying being around my players, that is when I will stop coaching. It is not worth it if you can’t enjoy it.”