Oakmont football makes much anticipated return

Despite loss to Roseville, optimism and excitement abounds

Anirudh Mepperla and Remi Royer

On Friday, August 20, the Oakmont varsity football team played its first game in front of a home crowd since 2019, eventually falling to Roseville High School  7-42. 

In spite of the result, all involved were excited and grateful for the event, particularly new Oakmont principal Isabel Govea.

“I’m super excited, I have butterflies in my stomach,” Govea said. “I wish we were winning, but I’m super happy we’re here.”

Govea was not the only member of the Oakmont family experiencing their first football game. Freshman Mollie Wight was looking forward to the game and was electrified by the atmosphere.

“This is my first football game, and I’ve been waiting for this all week,” Wight said. “It’s insane.” 

Amongst the new faces were also many returnees eager and grateful for the return of Oakmont football. Isabella Aranda, a junior and a member of the cheerleading team, had been waiting for this moment. 

“It feels very exciting and I’m glad to be back,” Aranda said.

Erica Seidel, the Oakmont cheerleading coach, was thankful for the opportunity to cheer in front of the packed student section again after all of the uncertainty.

“It’s amazing. Last year we never knew if we [could] play or cheer and cheer was almost taken away from us,” Seidel said. “And now that we are really back on, it’s such a blessing, especially tonight when we [almost had] to cancel.”

The Oakmont football team, too, were excited to once again don the blue and white at home for the fans. Head Coach Tim Moore emphasized that although the team was not complacent, they felt much happiness and gratitude for the chance to return to the game they love.

“I told the boys, I said, ‘It’s high school football. Everybody was missing it this time last year like us,’” Moore said. “‘The seniors from last year would have given anything to be able to do what we did tonight.’”