Varsity football team beats Cupertino High in first home game


Julia Amick

The team plays defense against Cupertino High School. This was their second non-league game of the season.

by Megan Cardosi and Cameron Zell

The varsity football team beat the Cupertino High School Pioneers 35-0 in their first home game of the season yesterday.

Rithi Jayam (11) sang the national anthem to kick off the game.

“I’m so glad and honored to have sung the national anthem at Friday night’s football game against Cupertino, especially because we won,” Rithi said.

In the first quarter, Dominic Cea (12) scored a field goal, bringing the score to 3-0. He scored another field goal during the second quarter.

After halftime, the score remained at 6-0.

“Going into the locker room [during halftime], we were told that we’ve always come out flat in the second half and that we need to change that by setting the tone from the very first play in the third quarter,” Floyd Gordon (12) said. “Once Coach [Tirabassi] said those words, the team was full of energy, and we were determined to win and give the Harker community a great show.”

In the second half, Floyd scored one touchdown with a two point conversion. Aaron Smith (11) scored two touchdowns, and Nate Kelly (12) also scored a touchdown.

“The game got off to a relatively slow start for the offense in the first half, while the defense played lights out the entire game,” Ayush Vyas (11) said. “During halftime, our coaches made adjustments, and the offense started rolling again, which helped us win.”

The cheerleaders did not cheer at the team’s last game at James Lick, so today’s game was their first game cheering.

“It was crazy knowing that it was the start of my very last year cheering, which made me a little sad, but I’m also so excited because both football and cheer did amazing during the game and I can tell it’s going to be a great year,” Olivia Long (12) said.

The team’s next game is an away match against Santa Clara High School next Friday.

Julia Amick
Before the beginning of the game, the football team charges through the banner that the cheer team made for them. The football team was the second sports team to officially see the new gym.