Football kicks off season with two nail-biting games

Kyle Valdes

Taken by Jen Uccelli

Football season has kicked off, and two action-packed games are already in the books for the Raiders. The unofficial start of the season came on Aug. 18 when the team went up against the Melbourne Central Catholic High School Hustlers on Sean Taylor Memorial Field as part of a preseason classic. This game was their first opportunity to show just how hard they have been working this summer and to showcase all of the new, recruited talent. This game was neck-and-neck all the way through, featuring four touchdowns from sophomore Yulkeith Brown, 512 throwing yards by senior QB Will Poses, and a critical 46 yard field goal by freshman William Bettridge to take the game into overtime. The team came out on top in the extra frame, scoring a touchdown and winning a thriller, 44-38.

The team spent all week preparing for a trip down to Key West in a matchup that proved to be every bit as exciting. This time, the Raiders were on the wrong side of a nail-biting game, losing on a last-second field goal, 17-14. Afterwards, Senior Javi Baigorri said, “Although the outcome was not what we wanted, we still stuck together and got even more motivated to play better the next game. I believe that the rest of the season will go very well and we will continue to work very hard. We will become even closer with each other and make even more memories.”

The team continues their season with a matchup this Friday, Aug 31 at Everglades Prep, before beginning their home regular season slate on Sept. 7 against North Broward Prep.