By Christine Yee, BHS Yearbook
Confidence is high among the Bengals, who finished with just two wins last season.
In the season opener Friday, Gabe Curtis threw 4 TDs–one in the last 19 seconds of the game to MJ Cirillo–to give Brighton the nonregion win over Fremont, 31-28.
It’s just one game, but it is clear from the attitudes of players, parents, and fans that this team is not weighed down by its past. Perhaps it’s new coach Justin Hemm– the third head coach in as many years. Maybe it’s the new region. It could also be the 17 returning players who anchor the team with experience and maturity.
Brighton scored first at the start of the second quarter but fell behind 14-10 at halftime. The Bengals fought back and scored twice in the third quarter. Fremont responded with two touchdowns in the 4th quarter.
When Fremont took a 28-24 lead with one minute left, nervous excitement hovered over the Brighton crowd with every Bengal gain and silence with every setback. Some parents paced while others screamed encouragement.
But Curtis never wavered. The junior QB kept his poise and waited for Cirillo to fake his corner and run toward the center of the field. The situation looked bleak when Curtis threw into triple coverage, but Cirillo made the catch and emerged from a circle of Silverwolves to cruise into the endzone.
“I just believed in my teammates because they are amazing,” Curtis said after the game. “I’d rather not be here with anyone else.”
Cirillo finished with three TD catches and Collin Edwards with one. Owen Smith was perfect on PATs and had a 32-yard field goal in the second quarter.
As the team builds on this foundation, what can we look forward to this season?
Junior TE Kabe Merhish said simply: “Wins.”
Layton at Brighton, 7 p.m. Aug. 23