“We only beat them by one last year, so this was a big game… Tam was saying they were just as good as us, they were better than us, and we just had to come out and prove that last year wasn’t lucky and we’re the better team,” Aguero said.
The Hawks set the tempo early with a 80-yard touchdown on the first play of the game from senior running back Sam Uriarte. Tam further advanced their lead with 30 seconds to go in the first quarter with a rushing touchdown from junior Crewe Hutson, raising the score to 14-0.
“We really [had] to start off the game firing. [Tam] scored on the first play of the game and it was really tough, however, we weren't even phased. We know what we did wrong, but we knew that it was time to step up and even though they took that short lead to begin that didn’t stop us from coming back in the second half,” Calzaretta said.
Battling back and forth, Tam led the game 31-30 with two minutes and 43 seconds remaining after a clutch touchdown from senior Tam receiver Davion Black. However, the Giants regained control, driving down the field to Tam’s sixteen yard line with less than a minute left in the game. Running a sweep to the right side of the field, Aguero scored his fourth touchdown of the game, placing the Giants in a 38-31 lead after a successful two point attempt from Washington.
“We can win and if we want it bad enough we will win. That has to do with practice and everyone going all out. Lately, everyone—line, defensive backs, linebackers, quarterbacks, running backs, receivers—[is] doing everything they can to succeed and I think if we keep succeeding the league will be ours,” Calzaretta said.
Redwood will next face Terra Linda at home on Saturday, Sept. 22, in their second league match of the year.