News: Falcons keep spirits up after first game of season
Story by Pfc. Raquel Barraza
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Falcons football team played their first game of the season at Paige Field House football field at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, July 31.
The Falcons played the 11th Marine Regiment “Cannon Cockers” and lost by two points with the final score of 16-14.
Even though it was a loss, the falcons intend to make it their last.
“We want to win every game from here on out,” said Sgt. Herman Dillard Jr., a quarterback with the MCAS Falcons and St. Louis, Miss., native.
Falcon players know what they want from this season and plan to continue working hard to get to their goal.
“We’re going to practice harder and harder every day,” said Dillard. “Were coming back to be back to back champions.”
Coaches could not agree more with the players on working hard to make sure this is a very successful season.
“We’re going to defend our title. That’s the ultimate goal of the season,” said Master Sgt. Ross G. Blain, the head coach for the MCAS Falcon football team.
The team is not worried about this first game because they know it only the beginning of the season, added Blain
“It takes time to get the right chemistry between the players and that’s what the first few games are about,” said Blain.
As with any sport, the coaches know that the team needs to keep a positive attitude to keep the spirit and moral of the team up.
“Bottom line is we’re not going to win every gun fight but as long as we keep the mental attitude to win and desire to be the best that’s all I could ask for,” said Blain. “Just as long as we stay together, motivate each other, learn from our mistakes and continue to play smart we will do great this season.”
As the team packed up to head back to Miramar, there were only smiles on players’ faces. All the players look forward to the next game this football season Aug. 7 at Camp Pendleton.