ABOVE: Grant Torgerson, senior linebacker, leaps to bring down Falcon JaVonte Stewart, sophomore defensive back. The Builders’ next competition will be Nov. 2 at Sterling. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)
By Daegiona Wilson
A clear sky and many familiar faces were present at Jantz Stadium today as the Moundbuilder football team overthrew our rivals, Friends University, 28-12.
The day started with an early morning parade with spirits high as the Moundbuilders looked to win their fourth conference game.
As the game begins, the Builders were able to strike quickly as Jaquils Coleman, sophomore running back, ran for a touchdown, making the score 7-0 with 11:00 to go in the first quarter.
As possessions went back and forth for the rest of the first quarter, the Falcons struck right as the second quarter started. The Falcons tied the game with 13:56 left to go in the half.
A pass play from Will Mueller, freshman quarterback, to Edrick Gonzales, senior wide receiver, resulted in a 44-yard run.
Soon after, Brooks Shannon, senior wide receiver, carries the ball for a 15-yard touchdown as the Builders went up 14-7 with 10:20 left in the half.
The Falcons block a punt return late in the second half resulting in a touchback, lifting the score 14-9.
Falcon offense pushes the score to 14-12, as we enter half time.
Coming out of half time, Keyshawn Wyatt, junior running back, dashes through defenders, setting off on an 84-yard carry, boosting the Moundbuilders’ lead to 21-12. “We as an offense knew the plays were there, so we were just focused on executing them,” said Wyatt.
This marked Wyatt’s first game since September due to a calve injury. “It feels amazing to be back, I missed being on the field with my brothers.”
With 10:59 to go in the 3rd quarter, Shannon completed a 33-yard pass from Yizalle Whitfield, freshmen quarterback, resulting in a touchdown, pushing the lead to 28-12.
13:40 into the 4th quarter Marcus Richard, junior safety, capitalizes on a 25-yard fumble recovery.
Freddy Botello, sophomore kicker, would try for a 29-yard kick and misses.
With 7:10 to go, Whitfield connects with Terrell Lightfoot, senior wide receiver, for a 17-yard pass.
Throughout the rest of the game, both teams battle for field position and neither team scores again.
Despite the Falcons not having their best game offensively, their defensive was consistent, having two interceptions. “Their defensive line is about as good as it gets. They were big and it was hard for our boys to move,” said Brad Griffin, Builder football head coach.
Gonzales said it’s always good knowing his family is watching and supporting. “It felt good to get a win on homecoming, knowing it was my last one. It means a lot knowing we could get a win for the program and the fans.”
The Moundbuilders have only won two games against Friends in the last 14 years. Today marks the third.
This win broke the Moundbuilders two-game losing streak resulting in a 4-4 overall record.
Wyatt said the Moundbuilders really wanted this win. “It means a lot to us, seeing everybody come back for homecoming and showing support, as we went against our rivals.”
This win was a group effort. Gonzales is one of the many Moundbuilders who have been consistent throughout this season. He said consistency is something he prides himself on being.
“It’s my senior year and I only have 11 games guaranteed. I told myself just to leave it all on the field because when it’s time to hang up the cleats, I will be satisfied knowing I gave it my all.”
Moundbuilder football will head to Sterling College next Saturday, Nov. 2 to take on the No. 23 ranked Warriors. The Warriors will be coming off of bye week and are looking to improve their record to 7-1. Kickoff time is 1:00 p.m.
To watch the 2019 homecoming game on live stream visit http://www.buildersports.com/schedule/21/4
To listen to the game, tune into https://radio.securenetsystems.net/cwa/KSOK