Football: Panthers look to get on the winning track

Short-handed Stewart dropped opener to Mason, but looks to rebound Feb. 11 against Giaudrone

Santana C, Writer

I am Santana, I play for the Stewart Middle School football team. We had our first game Jan. 28 against Mason Middle School at the Stadium Bowl. I am starting at defensive end and special teams. 

We have a great chance to win the championship this year. We are good at our backup positions; we have a lot of stars as well. The practices are crazy. We’re doing a lot of running but it is to get us in the best shape. 

Our upcoming game against Mason was crazy. They had a lot of big boys. We had some grade issues so only 20 or so out of 44 players were available.

With so many missing players, including some key starters, we struggled against Mason and lost, 28-14. We learned a lot, though; games are way more intense than practice. 

They started the game and came down and scored a touchdown. I was at defensive end their offensive tackles were big and for sure played tackle football before. This was my first game ever playing tackle football and I was just getting my feet wet. They were some tough competition. 

After they got a touchdown, the first possession of the game, they recovered not one but two onside kicks that were absolutely kicked perfectly. It was 12-0, then we finally got the ball back. 

We scored on a quarterback run to make it 12-7 at halftime. I played most of the first half as well as special teams. I had one pressure in the first half as a defensive end when the quarterback had to escape the pocket and ran for a couple yards. 

In the third quarter we came out strong and drove to take the lead, 14-12. But they were too much for us after that and scored twice to win.

Our game Feb. 3 against Hunt Middle School was canceled because Hunt didn’t have enough players.

Our next game is Friday, Feb. 11, against Giaudrone Middle School at Lincoln Bowl. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. The Huskies are 0-2, losing to First Creek and Hilltop Heritage.