Warriors Face First Loss

Kristin Corse, Staff Writer

On October 5th, 2012 the varsity football team experienced their first loss of the season against the Mira Costa Mustangs. As the game began, running back Barry Thomas (12) scored the first touchdown for the Warriors, giving them a head start with a 7-0 score. Before the Mustangs could score against West, Thomas scored another touchdown for the Warriors that kept them in the lead. In response to the Warrior’s first two touchdowns, the Mustangs scored against the Warrior defense, finally putting them on the board towards the end of the first half, with a score of 14-7.

Not willing to let Costa advance, quarterback Joey Notch (12) threw a scoring pass to wide receiver Dane Silverlake (11). To the Warriors dismay, the Mustangs scored again, narrowing the gap of the scores. Still hopeful, Mira Costa tied the game at the bottom of the first half, setting the score to 21-21.

After half time, the Mustangs scored the first touchdown of the second half, turning the game around in their favor. Before the Warrior’s had another opportunity to score, Mira Costa scored three more touchdowns, heightening the score against the Warriors, resulting in a score of 49-21. Attempting to regain their momentum, West scored against the Mustang defense, raising the score. Catching up to Costa, the Warriors scored again.

Before the game ended, the Mustangs scored again against the Warriors, changing the score to 55-35. Finally, scoring the last touchdown of the night, Mira Costa won the game with a score of 61-42.

With the game over and the boys trying to process their tough loss, Evan Nunez (11) stated, “It was by far our toughest game. We beat ourselves and lost tempo on all our personnel, but still played our hearts out. Next game is all we can think about now.” As the team tries to shake off their first loss, they prepare to bring their fire for their next rivalry.

“I think our heads were big and we should of put more effort into the game,” said Mercedes Silvas (11). Even though the Warriors may have let their heads get too big, “they played with [their] hearts and fought hard throughout the whole game, even when [they] were losing,” said linebacker Trevor Williams (11). The boys fought hard, just like the Warriors that they are, still making the community proud.