Aug. 27, 2021 marked the opening game for Friday Night Football. Over 1,400 fans showed up to watch the first preseason Varsity home game against Kelseyville. Mustangs won 55-0 with touchdowns from five different players. The JV football team won earlier in the day, beating Kelseyville 60-0. The team is expected to do well this season, after ranking first in the Marin County Athletic League (MCALs). Friday night games under the lights are expected to become a norm after the end of a six year lawsuit.
The team has not had an official season in two years, after a shortened season last Spring due to Covid cancellations in the Fall.
Boyd praises the team’s dedication because of the early hours they put in throughout last spring and summer in preparation.
“Showing up to summer workouts, early morning workouts, [and] doing camps, when they could be chilling with their friends,” Boyd said.
Senior running back, Justin Guin, ran in the first touchdown of the season early in the first quarter. Senior Dominic Mancuso, team captain, said the fans and the lights pushed the players even harder.
The Mustangs entered halftime with a score of 41-0. Two more touchdowns were scored in the second half, leading the Mustangs to a win of 55-0. Many players scored touchdowns, with three from Justin Guin, two from Andy Garcia, and one from Aidyn Gendel, Ben Langford, and Mason Fullbright.
There are also two new additions to the team this year. Frankie Petuya and Dylan Burness are both recent transfers from Novato High school.
“They [Frankie Petuya and Dylan Burness] both have really embraced the message that we have here and the pace of practice, it’s great to have guys like that on the team,” Boyd said.
Boyd believes that the players are more determined under the spotlight, which leads to a better execution. “When we do get to play on Friday nights, it elevates everyone’s performance and they are excited to play on that type of stage,” Boyd said.
While the lights boost performance, Mancuso thinks that more fans in the bleachers also increases the pressure on the players. The next home game is the homecoming game where San Marin will play Novato on Oct. 15, 2021. Masks are recommended for fans. The entrance fee is $7.