Following a defeated season from the year before Fossil Ridge High School suffered a loss in their first home game of the season against Castle View High School. Overall the team had greatly improved from last season and proved just how dedicated to the game they were. Even though the final score was 27-35 Fossil played fiercely throughout the entire game.
The first quarter was uneventful, as only seven points were scored. The Sabercats went the entire 15 minutes without scoring while their opponents managed to put seven points on the board. Fossil continued to push themselves and managed to work out all of the new season anxiety. By the second quarter, the Sabercats had finally forgotten their original worry and stepped onto the field determined to defend their field. With around seven minutes left in the half Fossil threw a beautiful pass to an open receiver for a touchdown. Now that the Sabercats were finally on the board they all radiated confidence. Unfortunately, Castle View scored another touchdown to make the score 6-21 at the end of the half.
The second half was action-packed. Seven minutes into the half, Casey Knutsen caught the ball in the end zone, making the score 13-21. This was followed by six minutes of intense back and forth drives, no points scored by either team. With 1:52 left in the third quarter, the Sabercats scored another touchdown. With the score now tied, Fossil radiated confidence. Unfortunately, Castle View responded immediately with another 7 point gain, making the score 21-28. With five minutes left in the game, Fossil scored again, putting seven more points on the board. With the score now 27-28, a few hard-fought drives from both ends resulted in Castle View scoring again, ending the game with a 27-35 loss for Fossil.
After the game, when Coach Bigelow was asked about what went well this game, he responded: “The kids believed and battled the whole game, and over the season there is plenty of room for improvement”. This optimistic quote gives the Sabercats hope for a successful season.