Being On the Field Is a Victory For Players, Coaches

Photo by Eric Danielson/Outlook Valley Sun
After several delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the La Cañada High School varsity football team played its first game since Nov. 1, 2019, last Friday. Despite falling to Rio Hondo League rival South Pasadena, 36-30, it was a win for LCHS players and coaches who have patiently waited for an opportunity to get back on the field.

The date and environment may have been different, but for the South Pasadena High School and La Cañada High School varsity football teams, the feeling of playing under the Friday night lights was the same.
Players, coaches and fans could disconnect from a COVID-19 world for nearly three hours to enjoy some high school football; the Spartans had not played an official game in more than 16 months.
“It’s been quite some time,” said SPHS quarterback Noah Aragon. “It’s been about a year and half since I got to play this game that I love so much, and it just felt amazing. Just getting out here, being with the guys, scoring touchdowns and doing our thing is awesome.”
The final score — which favored South Pasadena, 36-30 — was seemingly irrelevant to many players and coaches. Just being on the field was a victory, especially the seniors. The Tigers boast 11 on their roster and a young Spartan squad has seven.
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