Football loses to Hillsboro in a battle of effort vs execution


Maddy Saake

The varsity football team emerge from their new entrance for the first home game. Demetrius Harris (12) and Jevon Jones (12) lead the team on to the field.

The varsity football team put forward a great effort in Friday night’s game (Aug. 26) by continuing to fight until the final buzzer, but their mistakes on both sides of the ball led to a 42-34 loss.

Hillsboro scored the first two touchdowns, but failed both two point conversion leaving the score at 12-0 going into the second quarter. Jevon Jones (12) scored the Tiger’s first touchdown with a pass from Kobe Dozier (11) and the extra point kicked by Armin Topalovic (12) making the score 12-7.

Going into the fourth quarter the score was 26-7, but the Tigers made a comeback scoring 27 points. However, Hillsboro maintained their lead also scoring 16 points. Gerrelle Golden (10), Marcus Golden (12), and Doizer each scored a touchdown during the last quarter with Demetrius Harris (12) running the final touchdown of the night.

“We played hard but made too many mistakes. I told our guys it’s never going to come down to who we are playing against, it’s going out and doing the best we can, doing our jobs, and today we didn’t do that,” head coach, Arlee Conners, said.

The team plans to prioritize teamwork. Conners stated many players “freelanced” instead of feeding off their other teammates.

“We have too keep nailing down ‘Do your job.’ … Football is an 11 man sport. If all 11 guys do their job, every play should work,” Conners said.

“It all starts at practice. We can’t go out and expect to do good in the game if we don’t do good in practice,” Dozier said.

The team will next play at Oakville against Parkway Central on Sep. 7 at 7 p.m. With a loss against Lindbergh and Hillsboro, the team’s record is 0-2.

“We got to get over it and move on to the next one,” Conners said.