Jets End Season with Unique Senior Night

Photos by Sadie Foltz      Encinal sophomore Nick Lum blocks a Moreau defender.
Photos by Sadie Foltz

Jets End Season with Unique Senior Night

Friday, April 16 ended a short and strange season for Jet football. Encinal (0-4) lost to Moreau Catholic (1-3) 48-0 on Thompson field. Having senior night on their rival’s home field served as a microcosm for Encinal’s “2020” season, which included many players lost due to eligibility, transferring, and injuries.

Despite the loss, the Jets were able to play in front of fans for the first time this season. Parents walked on the field with their seniors in time-honored fashion. Encinal honored its nine seniors, three of whom were injured.

“I was looking forward to senior night so I felt like I finally made it,” said senior Kevin Le. “But it was sad seeing that some of my brothers couldn’t play on our senior night because of injury.”

With the Jets shorthanded, Moreau raced out to a 27-0 first quarter lead. Players played with more pride in the second half, bolstered by a Keirr Stewart interception.

“I’m a Jet through the ups and downs,” said Stewart. “Wouldn’t trade this family for nobody.”

But pride wasn’t enough to prevent Encinal from being shutout for its second straight game.

“It was saddening to think about how it was our last time ever wearing the blue as players,” said senior Luis Verduzco-Ramirez.

For one final night, players wore Jet blue with pride.

“It was emotional to say the least. Obviously, we didn’t get the result we wanted but that’s life,” said senior Carter Phu. “You’re not going to always have the outcome you want in life and that’s okay. There’s a lot of history behind those jerseys and I’m just happy to be a part of it.”

The Encinal Journalism team is comprised of members of Joshua Linville’s English and publication design class at Encinal High School.

Encinal lineman Oscar Osborne shares the senior walk with his mom.