Football team tackles with inexperienced players


Jake Dobbs

Eric Flowers, number 15, readies for a pass to keep the Patriot’s momentum going through third quarter of the Homecoming Game versus El Camino Real. The Homecoming Game played on Oct. 10 was intense as El Camino dominated during the first and second half.

Jose Herrera

The football team has suffered a lot with the loss of two alumni football players and lack of experienced players, but things have taken a turn for the better as season progresses.

“The first few games we were mourning and it affected us but we got through it and it’s past us now,” junior Eric Flowers said.

During preseason, the Birmingham Community Charter High School football team struggled, losing three consecutive games. The losses took a toll on the team’s morale.  However, the Patriots took the next step to improve before the fall season started.

“There were no excuses for our losses and we were given chances by our opponents to play or not to play after the deaths  of the two alumni (who died in the car accident),” Flowers said. “Practice has helped out because our kicks are getting better, our first years who are playing varsity and everybody is just getting better.”

The Patriots first seasonal game was against El Camino Real High School, and at first the Conquistadores dominated the game, but gradually the Patriots came back.  At the end of the night the final score was 19-14 and the Patriots secured their victory.   

“It was our first win of the season and the team needed it,”  junior Stanley Cea said.  “It felt great to win homecoming.”

On Oct.17 the Patriots played against Cleveland Charter High School defeating them by a score of 33-11.  Then on  Oct. 24, the Patriots defeated Chatsworth by a score of 36-26.  Even with an inexperienced team this season, the Patriots are on a well needed winning streak.

“A week after we play Chatsworth we play Taft and I’m hoping to tie or win,” Flowers said. “I believe in my team.”