On Friday, Sept. 27, the Sunrise Mountain varsity football team played Dysart High School, in a game that the Mustangs were triumphant, giving them their second win of the season and improved their record to 2-3 on the year.
SMHS won its first game of the season, but then lost three consecutive heart breakers, where they held the lead the majority of the games and lost them as a result of last-minute scores by the opposing team. Despite this, varisty player junior Jacob Leonard believes this win can get the team back where they were at the beginning of the season.
“I think this win can get us back on track,” Leonard said. “After three losses, this win boosts our morale and gets us ready for the next game. Now we can keep the wheels turning and finish strong.”
Throughout the season, the Mustangs have suffered many injuries that have been viciously devastating. Many of these injuries were to players who served very key roles in their respective areas.
“Injuries are always tough, especially when we lose key guys,” Leonard said. “But just like Coach Carter says, it’s onto the next man up. I trust the next person to do their job no matter who it is. We are a team.”
Varsity player, sophomore Sam Moehring, also feels that this win will bring the team together and propel the Mustangs in the right direction.
“I think that this win will help us drastically,” Moehring said. “We never lost hope in each other or our coaches, and that is why we were able to get a win.”
Moehring says that the team will not only get on track, but stay there.
“After those three upsetting losses, this win will definitely get us back where we need to be,” Moehring said. “We will get back to playing ‘Mustang Football’ and we will stay that way.”