Eastside showcases first female player

Published: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 10:38 a.m.
The Mighty Rams of Eastside High School capped off its spring practice session with a football game against Santa Fe High School last Friday night at Citizens Field.
Playing without two of its top offensive threats, Miles Harris and Freddy Jones, the Rams lost the game 13-12, but head Ram Kent Johnson said he was pleased with the effort.
"We came out and played hard against a tough Santa Fe team that is very athletic," said Coach Johnson. "The main thing is that we had a chance to look at our guys in a varsity game situation, and a chance to look at a couple of transfers.
"We lost a lot of high caliber players from last year's team. We have to replace a bunch of all-staters and all-area guys with new players. We will be all right though. We have a lot of talent."
The Rams showcased a new threat on Friday night, the first female player Johnson said he has ever coached, Kelly Mastellar.
A goalie on the soccer team, the senior went 2-for-4 on extra point attempts.
"She has been doing good in practice, and we wanted to take a look at her tonight," Johnson said. "She will be kicking extra points and short field goals for us."
The Rams look like they will be as explosive as they were last year. Vince Brown, the younger brother of former Gator Vernell Brown, transferred from GHS to Eastside this semester, and will be the starting quarterback.
He plays a lot like last year's star quarterback for the Rams, Micguel Johnson, and along with Jones and Miles and others, should be just as productive as last year's offense or more.
Santa Fe started off the scoring after sophomore Duntrell Orie intercepted a pass by Brown. That set up Jamal White's three-yard scoring run that gave the Raiders a 6-0 lead. On the interception return, Brown displayed his defensive back skills by delivering a punishing blow to Orie on the west sideline.
Brown answered the Raiders touchdown by throwing a 20-yard touchdown pass to Carl Peoples to tie the score at 6-6 with 9:35 left in the second quarter.
Santa Fe's Orie got back into the action. The Raiders took advantage of a Ram safety that left the middle of the field wide open.
He caught a short slant from quarterback Bryan Kaiserauer and raced 78 yards untouched for a touchdown that put the Raiders ahead 13-6.
Cleve Moore scored on a 28-yard run to make the final margin 13-12.
The Rams junior varsity won its half 14-0, as Terrell Bradley ran for a touchdown and threw for one.

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