Varsity football falls short of win in season opener


Senior Shawn Cameron throws a fist into the air, frustrated with the Lancers last play.

Scott De Taboada, assistant editor

The varsity football team took on the St. Augustine Saints in their first game of the season. A blacked-out, hyped-up crowd came out to support the Lancers in their attempt to put their first “w” on the record.

In the first few minutes of the game, the Lancers came out ready to win with a 57 yard touchdown pass. Then, with just 2:03 left in the first quarter, the Lancers scored yet again, bringing the score to 13-0 Carlsbad. These quick two touchdowns only gave the crowd more reason to get pumped up for the first time this year.

“In the first half of the game, the defense shut out the Saints and it seemed as though we were going to pull through and come away with a win,” senior strong safety Langden Lapp said.

In the second quarter of the game, the Saints recovered an early Lancer fumble, followed by an interception by our own Darren Mack. In the same quarter, the Lancers proceeded to recover their own punt but could not pull together to score a touchdown.

Even with so many turnovers, the score at the end of the half remained 13-0, and the crowd stayed pumped and ready to watch an exciting second half.

“I love coming to these games because it’s great getting buck wild. I think that I, as well as other students at Carlsbad High School, feel cooped up in the classroom sometimes,” senior Tanner Tucker said. “It always feels great to get a chance to come out and release my inner Lancer pride.”

In the third quarter, the Saints came out ready to play and scored their first touchdown of the game with 5:34 remaining in the quarter. In the fourth, the Saints scored yet again, but missed the extra point bringing the score to 13-13 with just eight minutes remaining in the game.

“It got really intense at one point in the fourth quarter. It’s never fun to watch a game where one team gets completely shut out, so it was awesome to have such an interesting and exciting game for the first one of the season,” senior Max Gough said.

Within a minute of tying the score, the Saints scored yet again when number 88 forced a fumble and ran 40 yards for a touchdown. Then, in the next minute, the Saints forced another fumble and drove down the field to kick a field goal and gain another three points. The final score was Lancers 13, Saints 23. Although the Lancers didn’t come away with the win, it was undoubtedly a fun and interesting game to start off their season.

“We’ve been working really hard since last December, and to win the next game we just need to keep up the momentum and fall back on the experience we have,” senior Corner back Ricky Burk said. “If we all do our assignments on defense, I think we can pull together and win the next game.”

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