Football kicks off the 2022 season against crosstown rival

On Aug. 19, Glen A. Wilson High School kicked off the 2022 football season against Los Altos High School, losing by a final score of 6-14.

Although the Wildcats ended up losing, strong defense managed to keep the Conquerors from scoring until the third quarter. 

According to Head Coach Daniel Morales, the team’s overall effort was the biggest contributor to the low score. 

“Our defense had great effort,” Morales said. “All 11 guys were getting to the ball, and everybody really gave [their] maximum effort. Meetings, weight lifting in the mornings for zero period… and practice after school [had the team ready to compete.]”

Moving forward, Morales highlights what the team needs to work on prior to the team’s next game. 

“We have to get more fundamentally sound. Even though we gave great effort, there are little mechanical errors and fundamental things that need to get better if we want to improve,” Morales said. “There were times that we were dipping inside just because we were getting too overzealous, too aggressive and trying to make a play instead of hitting our positions.”

Additionally, Team Captain Daniel Zarzosa (12) reflects on the team’s performance. 

“We were able to hold Los Altos to zero [points until the third quarter] because we were doing what we were coached to do, as well as playing with great effort,” Zarzosa said. “The plays that were successful [Friday night] were the ones where we all did our job as a team collectively.”

Continuing, Zarzosa looks forward to spending the rest of the season with teammates that share a similar game-day-ready mindset like him. 

“We have a great group of kids [this year] who are mentally tough and play hard,” Zarzosa said. “This is also my last year playing high school football, so I plan on going all out.”

Regardless of Wilson’s loss, junior Lauren Sanchez shares how the Wildcat student body made the night so unforgettable. 

“My favorite part about the game was how much school spirit we had and how hyped we all were throughout the whole game,” Sanchez said. “For the game being at Los Altos, there were still a lot of [Wilson students] that went [to show their support].”

The Wildcats will take the field next on Friday, Aug. 25 at La Puente HS. 

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