(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The last 2016 home varsity football game is 7:30 p.m., Friday against Desoto. It is also senior night for the Marching Mustangs, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Raiders, cheerleaders and football players.
Senior football captain Chris Hadley said, “I hope that we end our season on a win, especially for my last high school football game, even though the team didn’t do as well as I expected this year it was an experience I would never forget.”
Hadley plays strong safety. He stops runs and returns punts.
Senior Christian Cahueque is a defensive end for the Mustangs and is more than excited for Friday’s game.
“I recently got an injury from a fan cutting my finger,” he said, “but I was able to get a hard cast for the game so I am allowed to play. Which I’m just glade I am able to contribute to the last game of my high school career.”
This final game may be filled with emotions and tears. Senior cheerleaders Tara Robinson and Sydney Kramer mentioned that they probably will, in fact, cry when the game is over, but they’re looking forward to what the future holds.
“I’m sad it’s going to be over, but it’s going to be nothing but a good time.” said Kramer
Robinson said, “I just hope we win because it would make this last game one to remember, even though I know for sure I am going to cry.”
The Marching Mustangs will also honor seniors at the game.
Seniors will walk down the football field with their parents during halftime of the football game versus Desoto High School, where they will take photos with band director Ron Lambert and principle Craig Little.
Before the game, seniors will eat and receive boutonnieres at a reception with their parents.
Senior Night is about celebrating the students’ four years in high school and band.
Mellophone player Zephaniah Weaver, senior, said, “I can’t wait to walk the field at halftime. I’ve watched my friends walk and now it’s my turn.”
The Raider seniors are being honored at the game for the first time ever.
JROTC Instructor Lt. Col. Richard Roller said, “I think its nice the school is willing to recognize the efforts that our athletes put in at the same level as the varsity football players and cheerleaders.”
Any seniors on the raider team have the opportunity to walk across the field and be recognized. They will be wearing their competition uniforms and team shirts.
Senior Derrick Hadley said, “I feel great about being able to walk on senior night. It’s amazing that the school is letting us do this. It is also a great way for us to be recognized for all the hard work we put in.”