by GEORGINA MADOK | special to 92131 Magazine

Falcon Football Gears Up for Kick Off

The coming of fall not only marks the return to school, but also the return to football season. The Scripps Ranch High School football team eagerly looks forward to playing again under the Friday night lights in hopes of having another successful season.

“Last season was definitely filled with mixed emotions,” commented sophomore running back Nick Gardinera. “We were able to achieve many of our goals such as having a winning record, and were able to embrace the mindset of a winning culture. However, we were unable to make playoffs. But despite not being able to reach all of our goals, it was great to finally turn from our school’s history of losing and begin to develop that winning culture we need.”

The team trained together under the eyes of Todd Durkin over the summer to further build relationships with the shared goal of having a winning season. “We have many returning starters,” sophomore quarterback Luke Durkin stated. “We felt that we got a lot stronger and faster as a team, and our team chemistry is through the roof.” Since most of the team played together last season, they expect that will give them a leg up this season, as they are already comfortable around and with each other.

The team hopes that all of their training will pay off this season and help earn them a championship win, the first Scripps Ranch High will have since 1994. However, they have some tough competition and teams to beat in order to achieve that goal. “San Diego High and Kearny High might be the most talented teams we play this year,” senior defensive end Jack Fine added. In addition to those two teams is Mira Mesa High, the Falcons’ rivals.

Come out and support your fellow Falcons on the field! See the school calendar for the football schedule.

Georgina Madok is a senior at Scripps Ranch High School. She is participating in an internship program with 92131 Magazine.