By TATUM MAPES
On Friday, Oct. 7, Redlands East Valley’s varsity football team faced off against Carter High School at Hodges Stadium at Citrus Valley High School. The game was close and well played, and the final score was 27-34, with the Wildcats taking the win.
The game was started with an early touchdown for Carter, after which REV responded with a field goal scored by Eric Chihuahua. In the second quarter, the Wildcats were still falling behind, only scoring another three points through a field goal. Carter scored two more touchdowns and one field goal afterwards. After halftime, REV finally scored two touchdowns. Myles Herrera completed a 20-yard pass to Billy Bowens for a touchdown that tied the game 19-19, which was followed by an extra point scored by Chihuahua, putting the Wildcats ahead. Carter retaliated in the fourth quarter with another touchdown, but REV sealed the win by scoring twice more.
While the game was exciting for both sides to watch, the action took a halt when a Carter player was injured, which left him lying down and not moving. While the player was being surrounded on the field by medical personnel, coaches and family members, both teams knelt down and conducted their own prayers for him with their helmets taken off in respect.
Andrew Cherry, a linebacker on the Wildcat football team, shared his experience while on the field: “As a team, we definitely feel for him and his family. We are hoping that he recovers from his injury and hopefully he will be able to continue his season.”
When the player was put on a stretcher and taken to the hospital, the Litterbox, REV’s student section, was up on its feet cheering in support of this player’s health and safety. “At the end of the day,” said Cherry, “ even though they’re our opponents, we hope they all stay healthy.”