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Webb Canyon Chronicle

Webb triumphs in Thursday Night Lights football game

Summer Chen (’20)
Chris Haliburton (’20)

Webb students flocked to Faculty Field to see the one and only Thursday Night Lights football game on October 3rd. Webb students, lured not only by the excitement of football but also by the promise of “Fluff Ice,” made the trek up Gym Hill.

The Webb team had been off to a rocky start this season, but this game had students and players excited for the kickoff.

Before kickoff, wide receiver Indy Viramontes (‘21) said, “We’ve had some ups and downs. I’d say we had more disappointments than celebrations… I think this could honestly be one of our most important wins. It’s not a league game, but to show our crowd a good win would be something great.”

The team did not disappoint the crowd as they kicked off Thursday Night Lights with a bang, scoring two touchdowns against Southlands Christian High School in the first ten minutes to go up 14-0, including an exhilarating 64-yard kick return touchdown by team co-captain Jake Baiz (‘21).

Webb students were well-prepared for their first home game this season, with many of them dressing up in all pink to support the team as well as Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Following an acrobatic interception from cornerback Daniel Serna (‘23), Webb regained possession and scored again with a 5-yard rush by Bryan Oglesby (‘23) into the endzone. Webb capped off what was probably their best first-quarter performance this year with a 38-yard touchdown pass to Jake Baiz (‘21) to increase their lead to 28-0.

Maya Jaffe (‘20) said, “It’s really fun for all the students that are here because we get to support our Gauls and cheer and have fun watching the game. I love high school football games and cheering for my team and making sure the team knows that we really support them.”

While scoring remained stagnant in the second quarter, the Gauls saw many new faces as several underclassmen on the team were given the nod to step onto the field for some valuable minutes. Webb continued their remarkable defensive efforts and prevented their opponents from advancing forward. Quarterback Ethan Caldecott (‘21) made a crucial tackle to cover up for his own mistake after he threw an interception that nearly turned into a pick 6.

As the night went on, a chilly breeze replaced the warm afternoon. However, this change in the weather did not stop students from continuing to pour into the stands. The bleachers began to fill with eager students intently watching the game.

The Gauls got fired up again in the third quarter with a strip-sack from defensive lineman Bradyn Wishek (‘22). While the Gauls were unable to keep their clean-sheet for the night after a Southlands Christian touchdown, they quickly bounced back after running-back Chris Haliburton (‘20) got the crowd on their feet with a 45-yard carry all the way to the endzone. Following an interception from Jake, Ethan handed off once again to Chris for a 27-yard touchdown.

The fourth quarter saw yet another touchdown carry, this time from full-back Robbie Reimer (‘20), who carried for two yards into the endzone. The Gauls introduced backup kicker Connor Plunkett (‘23) for the extra-point field goal, in which he launched the ball down the middle with ease.

At the end of the fourth quarter, the night was coming to a close and the game began winding down. The Gauls finished off the game with a final score of 48-6, improving to a 4-3 overall record. The team ran off the field in a flurry of emotion as they hugged and congratulated each other. Players rushed over to an ecstatic crowd and huddled together to sing “Honor The Blue and Gold” to celebrate their victory.

After the game, Ethan Caldecott (‘21) said, “This team is finally starting to come together. We got off to a hot start like we haven’t all year and it really came together today! If we go 3-0 or 2-1 in the league and make the playoffs, that’s going to be a great thing for this team.”

Lineman and co-captain Stephen Li (‘21) said, “It’s a great win, team win, great to see the young guys go in, that’s what matters!”

After their big win at home, the Gauls will now gear up for upcoming league games with hopes to book themselves a spot in the CIF playoffs.

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Matthew Gaw
Matthew Gaw, Chief Editor of Sports
Matthew Gaw (‘21), hailing from Hong Kong, is currently the Webb Canyon Chronicle’s Chief Sports Editor. With his growing passion for sports, Matthew enjoys watching the NBA, NFL, and the English Premier League. During his free time, he is also an avid lover for hiking, road-biking, and wakeboarding. With the California Wildfires going on nearby, Matthew wants to be an advocate to spread awareness about climate change. In addition to Matthew’s love for the outdoors, Matthew looks forward to being the alamo dorm prefect, along with being aadmissions ambassador. Matthew plans to use these positions to be a role model to his peers, along with helping others feel comfortable at Webb. Before he completes his senior year, he plans on putting up a memorable show in the Spring Musical, which he has been heavily involved in in the last few years. He also hopes to explore a wider variety of topics and venture outside of his comfort zone of writing sports for the Webb Canyon Chronicle.
Sharon Xu
Sharon Xu, Editor of News
Unlike her favorite animal, the panda, Sharon Xu (‘22) is a go-getter and always tries her best. An amicable, assiduous South Hutch prefect that dances, Sharon is truly one of a kind. She is also the Editor of News for the Webb Canyon Chronicle and strives for informative, intellectual, and imaginative news articles for all of Webb to read. Sharon can often be found hanging out at the Appleby Lawn or studying in the library. Her favorite book is “One Last Stop,” in which Jane, the main character, finds herself on an unescapable train and makes a home for herself there. Just like Jane, Sharon is encapsulated by the “Webb web” and makes the most out of every situation she finds herself in. For example, when faced with the terrifying prospect of “math,” Sharon, despite many setbacks, works tirelessly and overcomes this hurdle. This work ethic translates to every aspect of her life. Whether it is authoring compelling articles for journalism or taking care of her two cats, Sushi and Doctor Spencer Reed, Sharon will always put her all into it. Favorite song: "How You Get the Girl" by Taylor Swift

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