This year’s Homecoming game was an exciting event for all. The Grizzlies have faced challenges all season long. After having a rough first week against the Whitney Young Dolphins, Payton’s football team bounced back and won the next four games, including this most recent homecoming game.
Prior to homecoming, all of the games were extremely close – the winner of each only being decided in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter. This was not the story for homecoming, though it may have seemed like it in the first half.
At the end of the second quarter, Payton held onto a small lead of 20-16, and it seemed as if Bowen had all the momentum.
That immediately changed however, when on the very first play of the second half, quarterback Eric Seward ‘14 threw a quick pass to receiver James Smith ‘14, who then ran for 60+ yards and a touchdown.
After this, the Grizzlies were on fire. In the third and fourth quarters, they scored an additional 22 points, while Bowen never scored again.
Many Grizzlies were able to find their way to the endzone to score a touchdown, including Seward, Smith, Max McMahon ‘14, Mike Kalanik ‘16, and Myles Davis ‘17, as well as a safety by Kalanik.
“It’s nice to have so many players that I am confident I can throw touchdowns to,” Seward said after the game.
At the time of print, the Grizzlies are 5-1 overall and lead their conference with a 4-0 record.
With only a few games left on their schedule, they look to continue their winning streak in their hunt for a third consecutive playoff appearance.