Eagles bring the noise to homecoming game

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Teresa Scribner

The Eagles came up short against Garfield, but Cleveland held on for most of the game.

By Ronnie Estoque and Kenisha Rullan, Staff reporters

Seats start to fill on Cleveland’s side of Memorial Stadium as fans anticipated the homecoming game against the Garfield Bulldogs. As Cleveland’s football players entered the field, the crowd chanted, “LET’S GO EAGLES! LET’S GO!” After Cleveland’s choir sang the national anthem, it was time for some football.

The game didn’t start off well for Cleveland. Struggling on offense led to quick possessions, which ultimately resulted in two quick touchdowns in the first half for Garfield.

During halftime, royalty winners were announced. Lined up on the field, ASB secretary Alana Gwilym-Tso crowned Waley Lin as Homecoming King and Angela Lee as Queen. Juniors Josiah Saechao and Maryssa Jackson, sophomores Cornelius Cambronero and Sarah Jane Agbayani and freshman Lina Le made up the rest of the royalty court.

Before the players entered the field again, clusters in the audience waved their arms in the air and made some noise trying to get spirit sticks thrown their way.

Once play resumed, the Eagles had to get gritty to stay in the game. Senior Lucion Baynes recovered a fumble in the end zone and put a touchdown on the board for Cleveland.

The Eagles weren’t done. Amonte Phillips scored for another touchdown and Garfield was beginning to feel the pressure.

Eagle fans were on their feet, exhilarated by the plays on the field. Zechariah Brown made spectacular plays on both defense and offense to push his team ahead, but Garfield kept a watchful eye on him as well as other key players to prevent Cleveland from prevailing. A controversial call overturned a spectacular touchdown run by Brown, but on the next play, Cleveland scored one more touchdown to make the final score 21-35, Garfield.

“The game was intense and memorable for me,” Justin Hoang said. “We could’ve beat them!”