The Two Biggest Games of the Season

Friday night, the Kings took on the Red Devils in a battle of wills. Everyone doubted us going into the game because the first time around they beat us 58-21, but this time it was a different story. We came into their stadium thinking the game was already over. We just wanted to get out of there and get on to the next week. Before every game our coach gives us a speech to hype us up and it usually works, but this time it didn’t. We were all quiet. 

Going onto the field we were dreading this game. As we lined up for the kick off, I was thinking in my head “man I do not want to be here.” I think most of us were thinking that way, and punting on the first drive didn’t help. After they scored on their first drive, I was thinking to myself “this is going to be a long game,” but then we scored and I thought “we can do this.” Then, we scored two more times and kept them to three scores in the first half. At half the score was 21-20 Red Devils. 

Coming into the second half, we were ready to put up a fight. Coming out of the locker room the second half we knew we could beat them.We knew that if we put up a fight then they couldn’t handle us. They got the ball to start off the half and scored on the first drive to put us down by eight. We scored on the first play and scored a two-point conversion to tie up the game. It was a battle back and forth the whole night, and whoever got a stop on defense was going to win the game, and that is just what we did. We got three interceptions and one of those Easton Good took it to the house to put us up one touchdown in the second half, and the other two interceptions were made by Caden Zeck. We never gave up the lead after the pick six. On our last drive we needed one first down before we could take a knee and win the game, and that is just what we did. Going out in victory formation, I couldn’t believe that we just beat the 3A State Champion Red Devils. It was a glorious moment for all of us. 

The Final Score was 49-42. The whole night was a hard fought battle for all of us. Our coach told us that the bus ride home was the quietest bus ride he has ever experienced after a win because we left everything we had onto the field and the only thing we wanted to do was sleep because we had absolutely no more energy. In the fourth quarter we had to keep telling ourselves “one more play.” We have 12 guys playing offense and defense combined, and they have 21. The Red Devils had one player go both ways, and that made it hard for us because we could never get a rest. Most of us only came out for a kick off or an extra point and that was it. By the end of the game, it came down to how bad we wanted to win. If we won, the whole state would have noticed us and they did. 

This Weekend we are playing the 8-1 Pioneer Panthers whose only loss is to us. This game is one of the biggest games of the year. If we win we keep moving on into the postseason. Some people say whoever wins this game is going to win state but I think it’s a little too early to say that. We both are strong teams and are ready for the competition.

This game we have been waiting for since the first time we played them after their coach told Beau Wicker that they could have beat us if they didn’t have the penalties or if they had the right people in the right places. Pioneer also plays a schedule that is ranked 201 in the state which means they play easy teams for their size. The Kings, on the other hand, play a schedule that is ranked 100 in the state which means we play teams that are better than us and in higher classes that make us a better team throughout the year.
            They think they can beat us, but this Friday in the game of the year. We will find out who is best. To make this game one of the best games of the year, we need all of the students, parents, grandparents and whoever is reading this to come out and support us. We love to see all the fans in the stands cheering for us. It is  great to see the whole town behind us.

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