Photos by JAIMIE HSU
by CRYSTAL HUANG, DANA NAVARRETE
Hoping to win tonight’s game against the El Monte Lions, the varsity gridders lost their first preseason game, 49-2, against the Bonita Bearcats Aug. 28.
Some people feel that the teams’ loss is a great opportunity to improve and learn from their mistakes.
“I feel fantastic about this game. We are exactly where we need to be,” said Head Coach Dave Ramos. “This team is going to be a great team by the time we finish the year. There is nothing to feel bad about. Things are going to get better.”
Despite their rough start, the coaches and players are staying positive and believe that the rest of the season will bring many wins.
“I look forward to a great season. Me and my brothers work hard every day at practice to make us better and bring Spartan pride to the school from the field,” said junior Matthew Hernandez, varsity player. “My coaches affect me and my brothers by showing a family bond that can’t be broken on or off the field. The most important thing for this season is to work hard every day and fight opponents with my family on the field.”
Players look at everything head on with a positive attitude and feel that the team will become better no matter what happens.
Varsity player, junior Manuel Garcia said, “It was a tough loss and even tougher not being able to help my team because of injury. Bonita is a good team, but we definitely could have done better. I expect my coaches and teammates will learn from this and make good adjustments. Some might think we have it hard with the temporary loss of our home field and pretty much a whole new coaching staff, but I think this will only force us to love ourselves on the field and fight like true Spartans.”
With a great number of wins from last year for the Spartans, many players are trying to uphold the reputation.
“In the beginning I was kind of nervous, but then I got along with a lot of seniors and juniors who made it more comfortable and fun for me. They made me feel welcomed,” said sophomore Michael Torres. Varsity player. “During the season we just have to keep working hard and take it step by step every day.”
The JV gridders lost to Bonita, 22-0 Aug. 27 at home. The freshmen gridders also lost, 42-2, to the Bearcats Aug. 28.
The distinct Spartan-pride feeling and courageous ‘brothers’ from the teams supported each other during their first preseason game.
Player Abraham Sabori on the freshman team said, “It feels good to represent my school through football. It not only gives you a chance to make it somewhere in life and go big, but it’s also showing our school pride.”