The varsity football team opened up the season last Friday with an away game at Pleasant Valley High School against the Chico Panthers, losing by a score of 20-7. Senior linebacker Joey Margaroni thinks the team had flashes of playing very well, but lost due to penalties and mistakes.
“We were excited to get out there and finally play after training for so long,” Margaroni said. “We just beat ourselves with penalties and stupid mistakes.”
The Tiger’s only touchdown came from a pass by senior Kyle Alves to senior receiver David Chambers. In the second quarter, Alves was hit on a broken play, causing his helmet to fly off of his head. Following that, Alves got hit in the face by a defender’s helmet, taking him out for the rest of the game.
According to Margaroni, Alves was not diagnosed with a concussion and will be able to play Friday.
Junior Alex Nicholas came in for Alves after he exited the game. Margaroni believes Nicholas had a good first performance.
“He did pretty well coming in for Kyle,” Margaroni said. “He had some nice runs and was able to get away from a lot of defenders.”
The Tigers have a home game against the Rio Linda Knights this Friday.
This past Friday, the JV football team took on the Chico Panthers. Sadly for the Tigers, they fell short of a win and lost 14-13.
Receiver Terrell Williams believes the team played well, more specifically starting tight end Tommy Spencer.
“Tommy Spencer was able to make some great catches, and our defense played well too,” Williams said. “Our energy was pretty high until the end, but then they took away the game.”
Williams went on to say that towards the end of the game the team needed to score, yet instead the Vikings came back and scored, which led to the Tigers facing lots of trouble.
“We needed to score and after they scored our energy went down,” Williams said. “Along with having no energy, we made a ton of mistakes.”
The Tigers host the Rio Linda Knights this upcoming Friday.
Last Friday, the freshman football team played the Chico Panthers. This was a well-evened match resulting in a scoreless tie..
Receiver Devon Harriman believed the team’s defence played exceptionally well, but they can still work to improve on their offense.
“Our defense did really well since we held them at zero, but we weren’t moving the ball as well as we could have throwing wise,” Harriman.
Despite the outcome of the game, Harriman believes the team was able to keep up their energy throughout the duration of their game. He looks forward to how the team will grow in their next several games.
“Our energy was really high since it was our first game,” Harriman said. “I hope we can continue to build on this and have positive energy going into our next game and the whole season.”
The Tigers will continue to prepare to take on the Rio Linda Knights this Friday.