by DuVonte’ Beard
The Ruskin varsity football team played their first district football game Friday, Oct. 21, which also turned out to be the last football game of the season. For the seniors, they played the last game of their high school football careers. The Golden Eagles started the game with much anxiety and fierceness, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter. Though Raytown scored during the first half, it wasn’t enough to top the Eagles, with the first half score being 19-10 the Eagles’ way.
The second half brought forth a totally different Raytown team, as well as it did for the Ruskin Eagles. Raytown entered the half with an entirely different level of focus and intensity. Ruskin’s return to the game was completely opposite, lacking the focus and intensity they started the game with. The game resulted in a scoreless Ruskin second half with the final score being 44-19.
The result of the game left some of the players “heartbroken” and “devastated.” “Playing football is what I love to do, and I didn’t want to hang it up just yet,” senior Tayshon Wrench said.
Though the effort of the seniors didn’t filter throughout the entire team in the second half, the seniors left their hearts on the field.
“I feel like I put everything I had into the game,” senior Derrick Melson said.
Along with leaving it all on the field, attached were those key things that would have influenced the final result of the game that will forever stick with the senior class.
“I didn’t play the way I expected,” senior Darius Uche said. “I regret not reading and reacting fast enough getting off the blocks.”
With an unresting final score, the district game left a bad memory with the seniors, but also many memories to cherish for the long run. The seniors are very passionate about football, seeing it as their “way out,” “physically and mentally demanding,” and their “heart and love.” Reflecting back to the process of the season, the seniors enjoyed things such as homecoming, being on the field with good friends, and simply learning more about the game of football. After all, this season’s experience was worth it.