Big Questions to Answer

Senior Brandon Holley-Nelson goes for the catch during warm-ups before the opening kickoff. Ruskin played at Raytown South for the season opener. Photo Credit: Ronnell Brown

Senior Brandon Holley-Nelson goes for the catch during warm-ups before the opening kickoff. Ruskin played at Raytown South for the season opener. Photo Credit: Ronnell Brown

By Carlo Terrell, Sports Editor

Ruskin traveled to Raysouth for the season opener Friday, Aug. 18. There was nothing but hope and optimism going into the game. From the first kickoff both teams came out physical and angry. All Ruskin had on their mind were to destroy Raysouth. A few plays into the drive one missed tackle and the Cardinals were up 8-0.

“I knew I had to come out and prove myself in my all important junior season,” junior Robert Vaughn said. “It’s my time to shine.”

With Ruskin losing 42-6 the main thing on everybody’s mind was the apparent injury to senior Shakespeare Williams ankle. The injury didn’t stop him from playing but it did irritate him the whole game.

“I just felt like I could have done to help my team win,” Williams said. “I know when I’m healthy I’m going to be a monster.”

With him eventually sitting out the entire second half. At this point nobody knows how much participation he will have the following weeks practice. With all the questions surrounding the team there is no question senior Jaylon Kitchen is holding down the safety position. With Kitchen having eight tackles he shined in his first game in over two years.

“I was just excited to play football with my family again,” Kitchen said. “My heart was pumping with adrenaline.”

This Ruskin football team has a lot of questions unanswered but a lot of things to be happy about. Everybody in the Ruskin football organization is excited about next week versus William Chrisman.