Football gains traction following first season victory

Despite opening their season with three consecutive losses, the Brahmas are coming off strong from their win against the Montclair Cavaliers and hope to build on such momentum through the remainder of the season.

Throughout the past four games, senior slotback Mikey Gorbea II has proved to be one of the team’s offensive stars, averaging 223 rushing yards.

All of these openings for Gorbea were made possible by the quick decision making of junior quarterback Ryan Lewis, who currently averages 195 yards per game and has thrown eight touchdowns so far this season. 

“Our offensive line is the best offensive line I’ve had since I’ve been here,” head coach Jeff Reitz said. “We’re averaging over 40 points per game, and it’s just going to get better and better.” 

Defensively, the Brahmas have been struggling due to the loss of eight starting players. Despite such circumstances, under Reitz’s coaching, the new starters have begun showing signs of improvement, putting them to good use on the field. 

Reitz also mentioned the phenomenal playing of a couple veteran starters—seniors Victor Flores and Isaac Mejia.

“The [new starters have been] showing signs of understanding what their roles are and being incredibly aggressive on defense,” Reitz said. 

In preparation for the annual Branding Iron game against Walnut, Reitz would like to see an improvement in the team’s offensive and defensive sides. 

“Walnut is going to be the best team we face in the next six games,” Reitz said. “They’re huge and incredibly well coached.”

According to Reitz, a balanced and unguardable offense combined with a defense that forces more turnovers and stops will be the key to winning against stronger teams such as Walnut. 

“There are teams that throw the ball well and we haven’t fared with teams that throw the ball and run the ball well, so we have to make a decision on which one to isolate and focus on,” Reitz said.

The Brahmas now have a 2-4 overall record and will play a non-conference game against the Wilson Wildcats on Thursday.