Spring game ends in 14-14 tie against Lake Toho


photo by Kayla Rrapi

Wide Receiver Franco Jimenez gets tackled after a short class. The team would tie against Lake Toho 14-14.

The annual spring game for football was in doubt due to lightning in the area, leaving the game to either be canceled or on a substantial weather delay. They went with the latter, putting the game on an hour and a half weather delay, but still giving the coaches the ability to look over players for this upcoming season. 

On May 11, a shortened version of the spring game against Lake Toho ended in a 14-14 tie. 

Last season, the team saw massive success going on a seven-game win streak and only losing two games in the regular season, but falling short in the playoffs against Lake Mary 28-0. The success was led by school record-setting quarterback Anthony Benzija, who had been leading the Huskies since the 21-22 season. With Benzija graduating and other key seniors leaving as well, this has left the team without a clear direction of how to approach the offense. 

The spring game is integral for the developing team and offers essential information on how the players perform during an actual game instead of just practice. This can influence the decision made by coaches on who becomes varsity starters for the next season.

“The point of the spring game is easily broken down to see who can actually play football and for the coaches to know what we need to work on both sides of the ball going into the upcoming season,” rising senior Luke Thomazin said.

The game was hindered by the rainy and wet conditions, which didn’t help quarterback Caden Mitchell, entering his first varsity start. However, the Huskies  began to show flashes of potential with all the team’s points coming from the backfield of sophomores Anthony White and Jalon Lewis, who each scored a touchdown. Flaws were still present within the new offense, with a fumble leading to a touchdown for Lake Toho.

The upcoming season may prove to be a difficult one when fall comes, however the bleachers are still broken, which may lead to fewer home games than usual. However, a team that will mostly be made up of first-time varsity starters may need time to adjust before home games return.

“We definitely have talent but I don’t think we have the biggest people size-wise,” rising senior Weston Carnicella said. “There’s definitely some struggles we’re going to face this season, but there’s always something we can improve on”