Cavaliers Fought Hard in a Close Match


Nestor Justiniani

Cavaliers come together as a team – water break!

Samantha Valero, Staff Writer

On Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, at Tropical Park at 7:00 p.m., the Cavaliers played against the Killian cougars. Our Cavalier football team made a great effort against the cougars, with a final score of 21-28.

“We played well, but we’ve had mental mistakes on the back punt and the interception. The game should be 7-0, but it’s 14-7 [for] them, but if we just clean it up, we’ll win. The back punt and the interception for the touchdown were the highlights [of the game] so far,” freshman William Breslan said.

In the middle of the first quarter, Keino Mike scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown with a leap into the end zone. The first quarter ended with a score of 7-0. During the second quarter, the offense struggled and the defense played hard – but there were some miscommunications with special teams that caused a touchdown by the Killian Cougars, ending the quarter with a score of 7-14.

“We started off as a team – we started off fast, defense started up fast, but momentum – they let momentum kick in.We gotta play better as a team. Everybody could have fired off on all cylinders, but at the end of the day, we lost, ”  senior and wide receiver Shaquery Wilson (#7) said.

During the first half of the third quarter, the Cougars ran a close touchdown, which our defense almost stopped. At the end of the third quarter, Amir Rassule scored a big touchdown on a 69-yard run, swinging the momentum back in the Cavaliers’ favor; the third quarter shortly ended with the score of 14-21. During the middle of the last quarter, the Cougars ran another touchdown. At the end of the final quarter, Andres Saldivar (19) caught a pass in the endzone, but the game ended with a final score of 21-28.

“Well, I think it was a hard fought effort. Unfortunately, we came in at the short end of the stick. It’s just a testament to how both teams were prepared and worked hard through the week, so I’m sure we’ll see these guys in the playoffs. It’s been a great year, and we’re looking forward to still moving forward to our state run,”  running back and special teams coach Bryant said.

The Cavaliers fought to the very end, taking a shot at the endzone with 3.3 seconds left on the clock. It was a very close game, with lots of momentum swings. Special teams play was definitely a big factor in the outcome of the game. Make sure not to miss the next game on October 17, when your Cavaliers take on the Miami High Stingrays at Curtis Park. Come out and show some support for the Cavalier Nation!