Football Kicks off Season Victoriously

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by Katie Shanahan

Junior Thomas Amanakwaa is expected to be a key playmaker this season. He caught five passes Friday night.

Kate Shanahan, Sports/Op Ed Editor

On Friday, the Raiders football team kicked off their unique season with a 26-6 victory against the Montgomery Cougars. Although it certainly wasn’t the same atmosphere without fans packed in the stands, the Raider spirit was still there.

Parents and family members were able to cheer on their athletes distantly from the stands and still experience Friday football fun. Students were able to support their peers and friends from the warmth and comfort of their own home via the YouTube livestream. Friday’s performance confirms a promising season for the boys, who appear ready to tackle all their opponents.

To start off his senior season, captain Sean Levonaitis rushed for 70 yards in 14 attempts. Levonaitis also assisted the team offensively by running in one touch down in the first half. After a strong debut for his senior season, Levonaitis is ready to lead the team on and off the field this season.

Junior James Mazuera had a successful debut as the Raiders starting quarterback rushing for a touchdown and throwing for 129 yards in seven attempts. Although Mazuera is new to the position and the pressure of being a starting quarterback, he certainly had a good start to the season against Montgomery.

Junior Will Dixon tallied 83 receiving yards in just two receptions and scored one touchdown off a pass from Mazuera in the second half. Junior Thomas Amanakwaa also had a strong showing Friday night with 46 yards in five receptions.

This coming Friday the Raiders will face off Watchung Hills for their second home game of the season. The last time Hillsborough played Watchung Hills was back in 2018 and the Raiders pulled out a hefty win dominating 41-6.

“I feel that the team played well but can definitely play better and we’ll get there,” Amankawaa said. “We just have to take it day by day and week by week, and it all starts with going 100% during practice.”