Final league football game recognizes seniors


Mac Harden

Damian Mirizzi is escorted by his mother and father on Senior Night, before the last home football game at Carlsbad of the 2013-14 regular season. Lancers came out on top over Vista with a 42-0 victory.

Fog rolled into the stadium like the smoke of a revolutionary gun, overpowering the crisp air as the crowds shuffled their way to their seats. Friday, Nov. 8, Senior Night took place on the football field, where Lancers participated in an awards ceremony and in the last game of the 2013-14 school year before playoffs.

“Senior Night is when we present football, band, cheer and the athletic trainers, along with their parents, to everyone at the game,” junior cheerleader Briette Pietrocini said.

Honorees were escorted by a mix of parents and friends, and as they waited for their turn to walk, the transformation from freshman to senior became apparent to all. ASB leaders marched the school colors around the field and the ceremony began.

“It’s so exciting to have been doing this since freshman year, and now my friends and I are going to be awarded for all our effort,” senior and Cheer Co-Captain Sarah Scudder said.

Despite their nervousness, the cheers from fans, family and friends pumped up the seniors.  Throughout the excitement though, the players had their minds on the final regular season game of the year. As the night ended and Lancers led in what would be a blow-out game against the Vista Panthers, the coaches on the sidelines shared their excitement for the seniors’ futures.

“It’s been a good year as always, good to work with the senior trainers,” head trainer Larry Duensing said. “They all do a great job and I wish them the best in their endeavors.”

With the encouragement of the fans, Lancers prevailed with the score 42-0. As the fog continued to shroud Carlsbad High, spectators departed and the night concluded. Thanks to Loud Crowd’s and cheer’s spirited chants and a exciting shut out, the night ended on a high.

“It was a great night,” Dr. Steitz said, “78 seniors were honored tonight.”