By Gwen Berghof
A sea of orange and black coated the stands as the Santa Rosa High School football team took to the field. The first home game of the season brought a buzz of excitement to the air: the beginning of fall and the new school year punctuated by the promise of an thrilling season. The Panthers lined up against the Petaluma High Trojans, ready to play their best against a new team.
And the game was a success- the Panthers beat the Trojans, 42-26. Petaluma scored the first touchdown of the game, but their lead was not for long. Senior Jayvee Long retaliated with a 30 yard touchdown, and soon after, Emilio Campos (12) scored another touchdown, securing the Panther’s lead. The crowd hummed with anticipation as the game halftime drew close, with Petaluma in the lead. With 51 seconds left on the clock, wide receiver Randy Clay (11) scored another touchdown, securing the lead for the Panthers, 24-18. Santa Rosa stayed in the lead from halftime until the end of the game.
Photo by Lucy Merrill
This game is a repeat of the first game of the season, where the Santa Rosa High Varsity team beat Analy on their home turf, 34 to 3. The Santa Rosa Panthers have made NCS playoffs the past two years, and fans are hopeful this year will keep up their impressive streak. The next home game is against Cardinal Newman on Friday, October 12.