First Football Game of the year
Pioneer Mustangs vs. Sequoia Hawks
By Aqeel Aziz, Jonathan Delgado, Jayden Villarreal
The first football game of the season took place at Sequoia Middle School where the Pioneer Mustangs pull out a close one over the Hawks with a final score of 6-0. On the first drive of the game, Manuel Aguilar, the starting running back for the Mustangs ran the ball two straight plays and gained 5 yards on both attempts to give the Mustangs the first down. However, the Sequoia Hawks stayed strong and held the Mustangs to a 4th down play. The Mustangs run a trick play that frees up the wide receiver, Arnold Huerta, for an easy touchdown. The quarterback was sacked on a failed two point conversion attempt. The Sequoia Hawks play well, running the ball strong. However, the Pioneer defense stops them for no score. From there both of the defenses played strong and neither team scored.
No team scored because both of the defenses played amazing and did not allow another score. In the end the Mustangs came out on top and took the W. Both teams shook hands and showed good sportsmanship. The football team would also like to thank Coach Sandoval for his hard efforts and helping the football team get that win.
by Mae-Lani Viernes
Imagine running in the 100 degree heat with different students from different schools. Sweat collecting on your the forehead, with the sun beating down on you. Just seconds away from crossing the finish line, and beating the other students. That’s what it’s like to be a cross country runner. As school begins, so does the cross country season!
The Pioneer Middle School Cross Country team consist of 22-24 runners from 6-8 grade. They practice on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday every week, unless the coach isn’t there or the conditions outside aren’t suitable. But when they do practice, all of the team members have to run a mile around the whole field including the basketball courts too! Not only are they striving to beat their own personal mile time, but they are also improving their stamina. By improving their stamina, it will help them in different sports later on in the year like soccer, basketball, or track. Alex Avalos, an 8th grade cross country runner, agrees that doing cross country will help bring up your stamina. “Being in cross country will definitely improve my stamina in soccer.” he stated.
The first official cross country meet is next Tuesday, September 12th at Woodlake. With the help of their coach, Mr. Leonard Hogue, we hope to celebrate their first win!