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Purchase Line First Game/Bonfire – vs. Homer Center – August 25, 2017

Written by: on Monday, August 28th, 2017


The Purchase Line Red Dragon football team huddles together before their first game against the Homer Center Wildcats. Purchase Line lost the game 25-7.


Speeches were given, cheers were heard, and the bonfire was lit. These are the unmistakable signs that signal the start of the Purchase Line High School’s football season. As the flames died down and the crowd headed home, everyone seemed to have the same thought; they could not believe it was already here. Some of our senior football players seemed to have the same thoughts. When asked if their last first game of the season made them feel different than in years past, Senior Tyler Kachmarchi said, “Yes, it makes me feel upset that it is my last first game.” Kachmarchi was not the only team member who was taking their last first game hard. Senior David Stephenson said, “Yes, I am upset because it is my last first game, but also not because I have worked so hard to get to this point.”

The experienced seniors all expected different results from their first game, but they all gave team based answers. Kachmarchi answered that the team would, “do as best as we can as a team,” when asked about his expectations for the game. Senior Melvin Sanchez expected they would, “go out as a team, play together, and make it an exciting game worth watching.”

Unfortunately, none were expecting the result of their first fame. After battling through all four quarters, initially leading at the end of the first, the team came out with a loss. Though the loss was hard, it is what the team does with it that matters. The experience could help push the team towards making their goals for the season. The team has high expectations for themselves as two answers they gave as goals mentioned playoffs. Senior Brandon Marsh gave one decisive answer, “Playoffs,” he said. Kachmarchi hinted at playoffs when he said, “To have a winning record.”

Senior running back Lucas Syster scores on a 2-yard run for the first Red Dragon touchdown of the season. Syster had 11 carries for 80 yards against the Wildcats.

“The more support we receive the better,” Stephenson said when asked what he would like the fans to know. Marsh had a similar answer and said, “School support is really great to have.” If you want to see the Purchase Line team go far this year, and help the seniors have the best last year ever, come out to the games and sit with the people in the red and gray.





Sadie Jobe is an intern for at Purchase Line High School


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