AWHS varsity football’s early lead is intercepted by Redwood High School


Naomi Betz

Senior running back Sergio Rojas returning a kickoff with fellow senior running back Aidan Lopez lead blocking for him

AWHS varsity football faced off against Redwood High School Saturday, Oct. 9. The game took place at the AWHS field with Redwood taking the win by a dominating score of 27-6.

Redwood scored first with a field goal after a long drive down the field, taking the lead 3-0. AWHS responded with a defensive touchdown off of a strip sack in the endzone. The Falcons then missed the extra point, and took a 6-3 lead. The lead was short lived, with Redwood scoring 24 unanswered points and the game ending with a final score of 27-6. 

Senior quarterback and defensive back Zach Atkinson trying to defend Redwood High School wide receiver. (Naomi Betz)

For the entirety of the game, the AWHS offense struggled to move the ball and failed to score any offensive points. Coach Anthony Jackson tried to change the game plan, but nothing seemed to be formulating.

“We have the talent to go out and beat these big teams, but we just didn’t execute today,” Jackson said, “I would like to give all the fans who have shown up for the past two games a big shout out, and I apologize for the result because I know it isn’t what anyone wants.”

The Falcons’ defense also struggled to stop the Redwood offense in the second quarter. Redwood was able to move the ball up and down the field with ease, and this led to them putting 14 points on the board in the second quarter.

“We were not focused today, and looked satisfied because we are going to make the playoffs,” said junior running back Parker Freskos, “Our defensive line and corners were also just not awake today.”

Senior quarterback Zach Atkinson dropping back with senior wide receiver Zach Castrejon running across the middle of the field. (Naomi Betz)

AWHS plays Terra Linda High School on Friday, Oct 15, under the lights at San Rafael High School (because the field at Terra Linda High does not have any lights). The Falcons hope to do better than last year, when Terra Linda pulled out a victory late in the game.

“We need to be better than we have been these past two weeks, but I am confident that the boys will turn it around,” Jackson said.