Challenger Football a success

Alex Buettgen ‘22

After a grueling practice in preparation for a tough district matchup against Alvin, the Crusader football team participated in a fun charity event called Challenger football on October 27. The attendees, all specially blessed in spirit, ranged in age from eight years old to almost 25 years old. All were there for the same reason: to have some fun playing football with our Crusaders. 

The experience was magical, for both the participants and the volunteers. From the high-pitched screams of happiness when scoring a touchdown to the hugs given out after the game, you could really feel all the love filling the stadium that night. The game started with all the players and buddies running out of the tunnel, preparing the crowd of parents for an amazing game yet to be played. The smiles plastered on the faces of the participants was heartwarming for all in the stadium that night. Then, everyone lined up for the national anthem sung by Henry Jones, ‘23.

Then the fun began. 

Immediately, the red team burst into the open field for a touchdown. Following that play, the blue team responded with a long run of their own. The teams traded scores for 45 minutes, electrifying the crowd with every touchdown scored. 

The game ended in a high scoring tie, with every player on both the blue and red teams scoring a touchdown. 

After the game, it was time for some pizza and cupcakes. 

The hugs and laughs will be memories cherished by the Challenger team for years to come. Though they will never suit up for the Crusaders in a real game, they will always be remembered as the impact players for their happiness and energy they brought.