Football wins against ESD in electric victory


David Shutts

The team runs onto the field at the start of the game against ESD.

Jordan Roberts, Staff Writer

As Southwest Preparatory Conference season began, the football team took an exciting win in overtime against the Episcopal School of Dallas on Oct. 14. The school had a packed night for all things athletic, including an athletics preview and halftime routine.  

The game was preceded by a recognition of seniors to show their commitment to the football team all four years of high school.  

At the same time and throughout the game, the school hosted the athletics preview night for all prospective eighth graders. 

Coaches from each sport were present, as well as members of the teams and the student athletic advisory council to answer any questions any parents or students may have had. 

“The event was a great way to meet all of the new families because it gave us all a sense of the program’s future,” said senior Edith Essandoh.

During halftime, the cheerleaders performed their homecoming preview routine for the second time since the game against St. Thomas. 

Sophomore varsity cheerleader Maia MiQuel was very proud.

 “It went just how we wanted it to. All the stunts hit and we are excited to show the full routine on Friday,” MiQuel said.

Going into the second half on Friday, both teams fought until the last minute. The Falcon defense pressured ESD to make a kick. 

After head varsity football coach Nathan Larned stalled the game by calling timeouts to put more pressure on the kicker, the kick went up and was wide left. The stadium erupted. 

The game went into overtime where the defense again showed up in the time of need, forcing ESD to take a field goal and allowing Kinkaid to score a touchdown.

Three plays later, senior running back and Notre Dame commit Micah Bell punched it in from the two-yard line, giving the Falcons the win. 

“We played well as a team,” sophomore Topher Carlson said. “I know everyone in our locker room believes in the process and it was good to see all of our hard work pay off. We fought hard the whole game, even when we were faced with adversity, and I’m proud of how we finished as a team. We know we have some things to clean up going forward to accomplish our ultimate goal, but getting that big win was huge for the team.” 

Seniors football players included Will Anderson, Micah Bell, Walker Bruce, Cooper Buck, Lincoln Colter, Johnny Griggs, James Hemingway, Preston Herleth, Aedan Hogan, Ben Holm, Alex Jinnette, George Kunetka, Harrison Lawrence, Reece Moulton, Hunter Robertson, Aidan Villarreal and Gardner Watson.