On Aug. 24, this school took part in a preseason classic game against Newsome High School on a neutral field at Chamberlain High School. The game was moved to Chamberlain due to unsuitable field conditions.
Newsome started off with a touchdown on their opening drive on a pass from Will Worth to tight end senior Tyson Mills. Then John Hendricks added a touchdown run to make it 14-0 Wolves. The two teams traded kick-off returns from the Warriors’ junior Jake Carroll and the Wolves’ Aaron Wade. Steinbrenner capped off a drive late in the first quarter with a touchdown run from senior Jon Marc Carrier, closing out the first quarter with a 21-14 lead for Newsome. Halfway through the second quarter, kicker sophomore Austin Cobb, made a 22-yard field goal, stretching the Wolves’ lead to 24-14, but starting quarterback junior Curtis Fitch completed a 38-yard touchdown pass to Carrier with 5:48 remaining in the half, making it 24-21 Newsome. The Warriors took the lead in the second half on a 17-yard touchdown run from Carrier; that 28-24 lead was cut to one point by a 30-yard field goal by Cobb with 11:12 to play. With under six minutes remaining, John Hendricks of Newsome scored a 35-yard touchdown run, putting Newsome up 34-28. An injury to Fitch, the Warriors starting quarterback, meant that backup sophomore Quentin Poteralsky would lead the next Warrior drive. He completed the game-tieing touchdown pass from 44-yards out to Carrier, but senior Michael Ruggles PAT was blocked by Ricardo Rodriguez, locking the score at 34-34 for the rest of the night.
“It was exciting, just the whole dynamic of the game, we blew blows at each other the whole time. This was good for our young kids to realize that they are a huge part of this team and they’re a part of everything we do. We saw who are go to guys are going to be throughout this season,” said first-year head coach Andres Perez-Reinaldo. “[We had] a lot of mental mistakes…we played some plays were believe it or not we had ten guys on the field, we just have to get the mental aspect of the game, we’ve really got to prepare for that.”
The Warrior’s season opener is next Saturday against Sickles.
Zealand Shannon / Sports Editor