Homecoming hopes flattened

Orioles defeated by Stars in 34-8 loss

The Orioles fled the field Oct. 7 after a 34-8 loss against the Holy Angels Stars. After an unsuccessful start, the Orioles were finally able to score with less than 2 minutes left in the fourth quarter. 

Josh Folwick, shone light on the importance of homecoming. Folwick said that support from the student section and the Park community was encouraging.

“The entire community was here — the student section is never like that, neither is the crowd,”

Folwick said. “There’s a lot more people and a lot more to fight for. Unfortunately this year, we weren’t able to deliver.”

According to sophomore Hayden Kasica, the homecoming game was disheartening even though they had high hopes as a team.

“The game was horrible. It could’ve gone a lot better,” Kasica said. “I expected a lot better — I knew they were a tough team coming in, but this wasn’t the outcome we wanted.”

The entire community was here — the student section is never like that, neither is the crowd. There’s a lot more people and a lot more to fight for”

— Josh Folwick

Despite the loss, assistant coach Alexander Polk said morale stayed high on the field. 

“(I could see) Tony Kruse on the sideline, even at the end of the game,” Polk said. “(He was) fired up the whole time and trying to get other people going too. I appreciated that.”

Even after all of their setbacks, Kasica said there were still a few worthwhile moments.

“The touchdown and 2-point conversion at the end of the game were good, it was nice to at least get points on the board,” Kasica said.

According to Polk, with the lows of the game comes the need for improvement. He said the team needs to improve in all aspects of their playing.

“We have to work on tackling, blocking, catching, basically all facets of the game,” Polk said. “We just have to get better, period.”

Kasica shared similar sentiments about where the team needs to improve based on the game.

“The team needs to improve all over — there wasn’t a side that did better or worse tonight,” Kasica said. “We wanted to win and we didn’t.”

Football’s next game is 7:00 p.m. Oct. 14 at Waconia High School.