By Hawraa Beydoun
Unis Middle School
In any sport, referees might make mistakes but football players won’t.
Football for these eighth graders is fierce. When these players get out on the field, all that’s on their mind is winning. But would they be able to win after loosing 13 of their best players because of low grades?
How does it feel to lose your first football game after going 6-0 the year before? “It felt awful because we messed up the record from last year,” said Jamil Beydoun, No. 50 on the Unis Middle School football team.
Did losing 13 football players affect the season? “Yes, because we had very good players that we needed badly, but now there gone,” Jamil said. Last year, Unis creamed Bryant Middle School; this year it was the opposite. Last year, Unis had lots of amazing and big players. Since then Unis hasn’t been doing so well. This year, Bryant demolished Unis 49-6.
Bryant player Bilal Hamid said, “I thought it was a pretty tight game. We both have really good teams. I was shocked that we lost last year because we practiced really hard. We went a whole season without losing, and then got to that one game and lost.”
“We’re really confident of going 6-0 this year. Because of that loss last year, we’re more hyped then ever before,” said Bilal.
Abe Baydoun, No. 88, said that of course he and his team are confident of going 6-0 — no doubt. Bilal said he would like to play for the NFL.
When Unis wasn’t even halfway through the season, playing without 13 students suspended for academic reasons, players Ali Hussein and Khaled Elhaji were injured.
Bryant was on its way to being undefeated with wins over Woodworth and then Unis. It looked like Bryant or Stout would win the championship. Bryant never backed down. It had guys on the field that were limping and a couple guys were hurt, but Bryant never gave up.
Stout was leading, 7-6, when Stout recovered a fumble and was going for a touchdown from the 4th or 5th yard line when Stout’s Bilal tackled the runner from behind.
Bilal had two other tackles he ran the ball twice as a punt receiver. The coaches said he “turned the game around.” It really was a game to remember and Bilal said he couldn’t have done it without his teammates. Even though Bryant lost, 13-12, they are still a team and will always be a team, “we made history today,” Bilal said.
Despite the loss to Stout, Bryant beat Lowrey, 35-7, and Salina, 44-0. Unlike Unis, Bryant didn’t lose any players because of bad grades.
Unis lost to Woodworth, Stout, and Smith. The only game they won was against Salina 40-21.
Keep your grades up Unis boys, if you want to play and don’t give up many more years for other players to come and become city champs at Unis Middle School.