Aaditya Gulati (12) puts his hand on his heart while the all-school choir sings “The Star Spangled Banner.” The game began after the anthem with kickoff from Marina. (Muthu Panchanatham)
Aaditya Gulati (12) puts his hand on his heart while the all-school choir sings “The Star Spangled Banner.” The game began after the anthem with kickoff from Marina.

Muthu Panchanatham

Live coverage: Harker hosts Marina High School for annual Homecoming Game

October 9, 2021

Final Score – Eagles 26, Mariners 42

9:13 p.m. The Mariners kneel out the game clock. The Eagles lose 26-42.

Irene Yuan

9:03 p.m. Rohan rushes into the end-zone for the Eagles’ fourth touchdown of the night.

9:00 p.m. Rohan scrambles for a first down on 4th and 2. The ball is now at the 1-yard line.

8:57 p.m. Dylan rushes for a large gain to advance the ball to the Marina 5-yard line.

8:49 p.m. Marina scores another touchdown and converts the PAT to go up 42-20.

8:40 p.m. The Mariners drive the ball down to the 1-yard line. It is now 3rd and 1.

8:20 p.m. The Eagles pass is tipped and intercepted. The Mariners take over at their own 29-yard line.

8:08 p.m. John Zeng (12) scores a touchdown for the Eagles. Aaditya Gulati’s PAT attempt is blocked by the Mariners.

Irene Yuan

7:57 p.m. The Eagles kickoff to start the second half. Bowen tackles Marina’s kick returner at the 25-yard line.

7:43 p.m. The Homecoming Court representatives walk out onto the field. Senior class dean Christopher Hurshman announces that Elvis Han (12) and Nicole Tian (12) have been crowned Homecoming Royalty.

Sydney Ling

7:42 p.m. The Jazz Band has been performing throughout the night.

“It’s been a lot of fun to play, especially in person. It’s so exciting to be able to play at these events and be part of all the spirit that’s happening. I’m having a lot of fun and making new friends,” Ritu Belani (10), a member of Jazz Band, said.

7:40 p.m. The seniors out-pull the freshman to win first place in the tug-of-war competition.

Seniors Shounak Ghosh, Ishaan Mantripragada and Dhruv Saoji pull in the halftime tug-of-war game against the freshmen. The seniors won in (Alysa Suleiman)
Irene Yuan

7:37 p.m. The freshman and seniors run onto the field for the finals of the tug-of-war competition.

7:33 p.m. The Harker Cheer Team and Dance Company perform at half-time.

7:30 p.m. The Mariners kneel, bringing an end to the first half.

7:28 p.m. The Eagles deep pass attempt is intercepted. The Mariners take over at their own 34-yard line.

7:27 p.m. Bowen Xia (9) returns the kickoff to the Eagles 36-yard line. There are 13 seconds left in the first half.

7:21 p.m. The Mariners complete a touchdown pass down the left sideline and then convert their two point attempt to go up 30-14. The Eagles take an injury timeout.

Alysa Suleiman

7:15 p.m. There are two and a half minutes left to play in the first half. The Mariners now have the ball.

7:12 p.m. The Eagles convert the two point attempt.

7:10 p.m. Rohan scrambles out of the pocket and completes a pass to Adheet for an Eagles touchdown.

Irene Yuan

7:07 p.m. Rohan rushes for a large gain and then completes a pass to Aaditya to move ball to the Mariners 22-yard line.

7:04 p.m. The Mariners score another rushing touchdown. Following their two point conversion, the Mariners lead 22-6.

Interview by Alena Suleiman, video by Sydney Ling

7:00 p.m. The Eagles fumble the punt.

6:59 p.m. The Mariners will punt from their own end-zone on 4th and 21. Bowen Xia (9) is back deep to receive the punt.

6:55 p.m. The Mariners fumble the snap, and Chris Tonev (11) tackles the Mariners ball carrier for a 16-yard loss.

Irene Yuan

6:51 p.m. Marina intercepts the Eagles pass. The Eagles defense is now on the field.

6:48 p.m. The Eagles force an incompletion on fourth down. They will take over at the Marina’s 49-yard line. Rohan completes a 36 yard pass to Zeke down the right sideline. The Eagles are now at Marina’s 12-yard line.

6:46 p.m. The Mariners score on a long rushing play, but the play is called back due to a holding penalty. John and Om Tandon (10) tackle the Marina running-back at the line of scrimmage on back to back players to bring up fourth down.

6:35 p.m. The Eagles punt the ball away. There are two minutes left to play in the first quarter.

Alena Suleiman

6:30 p.m. The Mariners quarterback rushes for a long touchdown, and shortly after, the Mariners convert the two point attempt. The score is now 6-14.

6:26 p.m. The Mariners are in possession of the ball. Adheet forces an incompletion on a deep pass attempt. It is now 3rd and 8, and Marina calls timeout.

6:18 p.m. Aaditya converts the PAT attempt, but the play is called back due to an illegal formation penalty on the Eagles. The Mariners block the Eagles second PAT attempt. The score is now tied at 6-6.

6:14 p.m. Rohan completes a deep pass to Zeke Weng (11), who jukes his defender and carries the ball into the end-zone for an Eagles touchdown.

6:11 p.m. The Mariners scored a 48-yard rushing touchdown. John Zeng (12) blocks the PAT attempt. The score is now 6-0 in favor of the Mariners.

6:09 p.m. The Marina defense stops Harker’s fourth down rush attempt at the line of scrimmage. The Marina Mariners are now in possession of the ball.

6:07 p.m. Rohan completes a screen pass to wide receiver Adheet Ganesh (12) for another first down. Two plays later, on 3rd and 9, Rohan rushes for six yards, bringing up fourth down.

6:05 p.m. After an incompletion on a deep pass by quarterback Rohan Gorti (11), Dylan rushes for a Harker first down.

6:04 p.m. Pranav Varmaraja (12) receives the opening kickoff from Marina High School. Dylan Parikh (11) rushes for a first down on the Eagles first offensive play.

Alena Suleiman

5:53 p.m. Football captains John Zeng (12), Maddux Carlisle (12), Adheet Ganesh (12) and Aaditya Gulati (12) step forward to prepare for the coin toss. They are accompanied by the most recent Hall of Fame inductees – Cole Davis (’10), Drew Goldstein (’13) and Jessica Khojasteh (’11).

5:48 p.m. The football team cheers as they run onto the field ten minutes before kickoff.

Varsity football captain John Zeng (12) bursts through the Harker Eagles poster to lead the team onto the field. Zeng plays the positions of offensive guard and outside linebacker. (Muthu Panchanatham)

5:39 p.m. The sophomores defeat the juniors to win third place in the tug-of-war competition after a tight battle that lasted over thirty seconds judged by Dean of Students Kevin Williamson. During halftime, the freshmen and seniors will contend for the title of 2021 tug-of-war champion.

The varsity football team (2-3) will face off against Marina High School today at 6:00 p.m. for the annual Homecoming Game. The match will be held on Davis Field.

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    Dan MolinOct 11, 2021 at 10:31 am

    What outstanding coverage!!! Well-done Aquila staff!!!!

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