Excitement was in the air on Thursday night at the opening game for the Sandia Matadors’ football season, where they faced Cibola High School. Players for both teams appeared anxious to get on the field and show what they have worked on for the whole summer. The same excitement and anxiety was shared by the students in the crowd. Trazon Jimmerson said that the student section is “crazy fun,” and he loves coming to all the games.
The electric atmosphere at the games is amazing and really gives a boost to the athletes on the field. It is almost a Sandia tradition, coming out for the game with your friends. When people from the other school see our student section they know that Sandia has one of the best school communities in Albuquerque.
Another great thing about these games is the support that the athletes receive from their family. They look onto the field hoping the best for their child, and some hoping they just get off the sidelines. Enthusiasm from the student body should not just be reserved for football games, but shared by all sports at their own games and events. Sandia High School sports programs would automatically be given a boost if there was overwhelming student support at the different events, like the support given at the football games. Dean Lopez who was injured in the game said that he was ‘boosted” by the crowd and they contribute to a lot of the team's energy. In addition quarterback Junior Silva also had praise for the support from the stands saying, “We love it when students and parents come out to support us. It would not be the same without them there.”
As a whole, one thing is undeniable - the feeling of togetherness that we get when we are surrounded by our fellow Matadors and when we are cheering for our dedicated athletes.