On Friday, September 7, the ASIJ Cheer and Football teams took to Mustang Valley for their first football game of the season, and the first Friday Night Lights since 2016.
Although it hasn’t been too long since the last Friday Night Lights–the leap year caused by a football scheduling conflict—football fans arrived to campus eager for the festivities. Like typical football games, Friday Night Lights brought the ASIJ community together to cheer on the home football team and rep Spirit Wear that reflected their Mustang pride. Unlike a typical game, Friday Night Lights also hosted delicious food from two visiting food trucks. Wish Fresh served salads and grain bowls and 440 Broadway served Mexican fare. Face painting, light-up fun giveaways and brisk weather—a welcome break from the summer heat—also added to the excitement of the early autumn evening.
Our Mustang football team played Kubasaki High School, visiting from Okinawa, and took the win with a score of 3-0. Stars and Stripes took notice of our team’s defensive performance, with special credit to senior Tyler Cross and sophomore Tei Laughlin, in their comprehensive coverage of the match. Senior Oliver Rogers also performed especially well on the offensive line.
Our energetic cheerleaders took to the field as well, and brought the crowd to their feet with an outstanding performance at the halftime show. Additionally, the most spirited fans, who were dressed from head to toe in black and gold, received a free Spirit Wear fleece.
As the night came to an end, our Mustangs were not the only ones to go home with a win. The mexican food truck, 440 Broadway, managed to sell out of all their offerings.