Plenty of firsts for young Wolves

Published: Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 1:42 a.m.

A dirt road around a seatless football field is where a track will one day run. Behind the fold-up seats the parents sat in, a set of bleachers will take the place of what is now three-foot concrete pillars. And on the other side of the field, where a forest of trees stretches out as far as the eye can see, a working press box with stadium seating will one day stand.

Friday night wasn't just the first regular-season football game for most area teams, it marked the first ever game at St. Francis High School. About 500 fans showed up to support a Wolves team made up of 22 freshmen and the school's first senior class. And despite a 63-6 pounding suffered at the hands of Tallahassee Pope John Paul II, the score paled in comparison to the event.

"This is fantastic," said Father Julien Roland about football finally being played at St. Francis. "This is one of the most exciting things socially to ever happen in this area."

That may have been the case, but less than three minutes into the game, what was a momentous celebration turned into a downer.

The Panthers (1-0) scored twice on a 40-yard run by running back Avery Moore and a 74-yard run by quarterback Dale Harrison within the game's first five minutes. After that, it was clear the Panthers would run away with the game, as they outrushed the Wolves by more than 400 yards.

There was one bright spot for the Wolves, however. After not completing a single pass in the preseason game a week ago, quarterback Brad Hite tossed an 11-yard pass to Casey DeHaan 10 minutes into the game for the first and only touchdown in team history.

"We had great crowd support, a great facility. We just have to stop making stupid mistakes," said Wolves head coach Jeff Jenkins about his team, which travels to play Winter Garden Foundation Academy next week. "We're going to get better. I promise you that."

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