The future might be now for the Mark Keppel High football team, but it will have to wait another week for the first win of the season as the Aztecs dropped a heartbreaker, 7-6, to host Ganesha High on Friday night (8/29/14) in a nonleague game.
Leading, 6-0, with around one minute left to play, on fourth-and-goal Ganesha quarterback Albert Henry picked up the ball that a Ganesha running back had fumbled, broke a tackle and scored the winning touchdown.
Keppel coach Aaron Sepulveda said that was a tough loss for the Aztecs.
“This was a gut wrenching loss for our kids, my staff, and the Keppel community,” Sepulveda said after the game. “Throughout the game, our kids fed off our supportive and energetic crowd. Our kids played hard and we absolutely put ourselves in position to win our opening game. We will never make excuses, but bad luck was definitely a factor in the game's deciding play. Bottom line, we feel as if we let our fan base down.”
He added he knows the team will bounce back for next Friday night’s game.
“Every team experiences adversity throughout a season,” he said. “We simply have been introduced to such adversity after our first game. Our kids are heartbroken, but not dispirited. I believe they will respond with pride and dedication. In order to bounce back from this loss, our kids need to execute the necessary corrections after having evaluated the game film. If we correct our mistakes, we feel we will put ourselves in position to close out games.”
Keppel plays its home opener next Friday, hosting Polytechnic at 7 p.m.