Riders earn first district win

By Jacqueleen Vidal | Staff Writer |    

The varsity football team tied up their record last week with a 31-14 win over MacArthur.

“I feel excited for our kids, just the idea of seeing things come together for the athletes. The work we’ve been putting in and leadership, and seeing the kids come together and operate as a unit and lean on each other was a good deal,” Coach Carroll said.

Senior Jacobe Jackson carries the ball past MacArthur defenders. Photo by Tatiana Venegas

The win was extra sweet for the Riders, who finished 3-7 last year and 1-5 in district, losing to MacArthur 27-56 last year.

“ I think really our struggle all year long was trying to eliminate little mistakes and we definitely cut down on those and flipped it a little in our game, having fewer mistakes than MacArthur, and we were able to capitalize off of defensive turnovers and things like that,” Carroll said.  “That was definitely a big turnaround for us in working through what our issues were.”

The Riders had a big first quarter with 14 points, but managed to hold on to the lead with a field goal by Austin Shulze even as MacArthur scored two touchdowns as well. The Riders scored two more touchdowns in the third, holding on for a win in their district opener.

“It impacted me as a player a lot because of course it was our first district win,” senior John Aviles said. “As a Senior because you always aspire to win and not to lose, and for me to have the opportunity to step out on the field with bigger players, it’s just always a competitive game.”

The Riders look next to Madison Saturday evening, as they look to improve their record.

“ Going into this next game looking for the same things, leadership, continue ironing out little mistakes and making plays, stuff like that,” Carroll said.  “Of course our next goal down the road is becoming a play-off team, meaning we have to go against some of the best teams in district.”



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