It was a picture-perfect first home game at “the Badlands,” ’s .
The weather was warm, the burgers were grilling, faces were painted and a true school spirit was born as the cheerleaders and band members encouraged Stallion fans to clap their hands and stomp their feet.
And oh yeah, the team managed to win its second consecutive game of the season after going 0-10 last year.
“It was an electric environment,” said head coach Aaron Flowers after the 21-17 victory. He credited the boisterous crowd in shaking up the opponents from Canyon High School in Anaheim Hills
The boys from San Juan Hills High, who were leading at the half 14-10, pulled out in front again after falling behind 14-17 with just more than five minutes on the clock. That was plenty of time for the Comanches to rally, but the defense, a couple of unfortunate penalties and intense cheering made sure that didn’t happen.
The home-side bleachers, built into a hillside, were packed by sundown. Before the game, senior Alysa Hoffman reflected on the switch from borrowing ’s stadium to having one of their own.
“It’s a lot nicer. It just feels more at home. We have more spirit now,” she said.
Capistrano Unified School District board President Gary Pritchard made a few remarks, as fellow trustees John Alpay and Jack Brick looked on.
"I hearby entrust this stadium and the writing of its history into your hands," Pritchard said. "Go Stallions!"
Principal Tom Ressler thanked Tesoro for its generosity. He later told Patch, “We’re very, very proud. We had a great community come out from San Juan Capistrano and Ladera Ranch. We’re very excited.”
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Flowers is thrilled for the team.
“Our kids have worked so hard. They never thought about last year and that they were an 0-10 team,” he said.
Now, they're a 2-0 team.