Carlmont shows grit in loss to Aragon

Sophie Penn and Izzy Mitchell

Izzy Mitchell, Staff Writer

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On Aug. 26, Carlmont varsity football lost to the Aragon Dons 57-23 in their season opener.

In the first quarter, the Dons easily scored three touchdowns against the Scots. Senior VA Wilson scored two touchdowns, bringing the score 14-0 Aragon, followed by a 49-yard touchdown by Junior Davion Cox.

Aragon ended the first half 43-0.

“Our run game was our strength, our line, and good blocking. Carlmont lacked their running back,” said  junior quarterback Gabriel Campos.

Despite being 43 points down, the Scots continued to demonstrate their determination in the second half.

“[We] wanted to prove to ourselves that we did not have the quitting attitude that teams in the past have had,” said junior Timmy Palthe.

 

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Junior Demari Blanks received a pass from quarterback Palthe and scored Carlmont’s first touchdown of the season.

Blanks’ touchdown was followed by two more by seniors Charlie Haake and Brain Tara.

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  • Carlmont Cheer stands for the national anthem just before kickoff.

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  • Quarterback Timmy Palthe walks back to the bench after the Dons scored the first touchdown.

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  • The Scots huddle up and discuss their tactics against the aggressive Dons.

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  • Aragon senior Siua Tongamoa approaches the goal line while Junior Devon Sagon defends him.

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  • Senior Charlie Haake readjusts his helmet as once again, Aragon scores another touchdown.

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  • Junior Anthony Arteaga runs through a tackle as Carlmont's offense extends their drive.

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  • Sophomores Tom Vasquez and Kayla Tai cheer in the student section of Aragon.

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  • Junior Josef Gonzalez, 11, misses the ball and is also tackled to the ground.

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  • Junior Anthony Arteaga, 5, drives the ball forward in a offensive attempt.

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  • Senior Isaac Page watches from the sideline as Carlmont attempts a comeback.

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  • Junior Demari Blanks scores the first touchdown of the season as a Don misses a tackle.

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  • Coach Jake Messina's hand rests Junior Brett O'Connor's shoulder as the team comes in a huddle after the game concluded.

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  • Aragon senior Pierce Kelaita shakes hands with Carlmont players after the game.

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The Scots also experienced a lot of change since last year’s season. The majority of the players are new and younger than an average. Additionally, Jake Messina is the new varsity head coach. Messina was an assistant coach at Menlo-Atherton, Merced, and Palo Alto.

“Being a younger team is a big factor because of the lack of size. Coach Messina is really turning the program around in an attitude point of view as well as a physical point of view. He’s smart because he using our strengths to our advantage like our running backs and me as a tight end. He will specialize plays that put our strengths together to make a good play. I feel the program is taking a major improvement as well as the team itself,” said junior Jason Lloyd.

The Screamin’ Scots also made an appearance at this away game. They cheered throughout the game despite Carlmont’s loss and embodied positivity.

“We want to expand the Screamin’ Scots to more than just football and basketball. We had some people last year that went to volleyball games, but this year we want to make it an event that everyone wants to go to. We also want the Screamin’ Scots to be fun no matter what the score is,” said junior Jake Stulbarg.

 

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After months of practice and new additions to their team, Carlmont Cheer made their second appearance this year; their debut was the Freshman Orientation earlier this August.

Captain Sophie Scott said, “We were all looking forward to stunting, more specifically, all 6 groups hitting extensions, then cradles. We also were looking forward to lots of fun team bonding and learning fun new dances for the school year.”

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Carlmont will play against Woodside High School September 2 at home 7 p.m. and will view the game as a new opportunity to work hard and possibly win.

Administrative Vice Principal Grant Steunenberg said, “There was a lot of adversity for them that they could have easily shut down, but they never quit. They still put 23 points on the board, and that is still a pretty big deal. I am still looking forward to a good season.”

August 28, 2016 Aragon vs. Carlmont

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