Nottingham vs. Steinert Homecoming Football Game
by Zobia Chaudhry and Lewis Cassidy
The Nottingham Northstars varsity football team running onto the field for the start of the game against the Steinert Spartans.
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On Saturday, September 24th, the Nottingham High School football team played Steinert High School for the Northstars Homecoming game. Both teams were having a strong season up to that point, but only one would walk away as the clear winner after the game. This wasn’t a regular football game; it was the battle for Klockner Road!
The tensions were high on and off the field, mainly because Steinert is Nottingham’s biggest rival. Multiple flags were called on the Northstars, but they didn’t let that stop them. The Northstar football players also had their amazing cheerleaders behind them. The cheerleaders always kept the morale high and had the crowd on their feet cheering with them. It truly was one nation united.
At halftime the score was 26-0. The Northstars were in the lead, but they didn’t slow down there. They gave it their all, ending the game with a score of 33-0, a major blowout. The touchdowns were scored by Jed Carrette and Saemeni Faeflen with assists from Prince Oghogho, Joe Lemly, and Qymir McMillan. The Nottingham defense also played a big role by never letting Steinert score a single touchdown.
When later asked about the absence of Quiyon McMillan, one of the top scorers for the Northstars, Joe Lemly (#13) responded: “Let’s do it for our brother.” This game was played without Quiyon McMillan due to him getting injured in the previous game with Trenton Central High School. The whole team could feel a missing presence so they did everything they could to make Quiyon proud.
When asked about the game, Saemeni Faeflen (#0) said, “During the game, I was feeling very excited and it felt like I was about to go to war with my brothers you know. It felt like we had to prove a point but we all knew the outcome, we just couldn’t wait to show everyone.” This not only shows how strong of a bond the Northstar football team has with one another, but how much they trust in each other. Another response came from Lewis Cassidy (#27) who commented that “we had to play our game and that’s what we came out and did. We handled our business and now onto the next.” The Northstars are only getting started with the season and it seems like a promising one.