Strong Showing for Charter Force at Homecoming Game and Annual 5K

Strong Showing for Charter Force at Homecoming Game and Annual 5K

Author Ben Snyder

  The Charter Force football team huddles up briefly during their annual homecoming game, played for the first time Firday night under the lights. Record numbers of attendees witnessed a 41-0 win against First State Military Academy. Photo by Natalie Smith.

The Charter Force football team huddles up briefly during their annual homecoming game, played for the first time Firday night under the lights. Record numbers of attendees witnessed a 41-0 win against First State Military Academy. Photo by Natalie Smith.

Throngs of students and parents leap to their feet with a roar as the blue clad player streaks down the field to score the Charter Force’s first touchdown of the night. In the first ever Friday night game under the lights on October 20, the Charter football team racked up seven touchdowns for a final score of 41-0 against First State Military Academy.

Cab’s marching band kicked off the event with a stellar performance as Charter students, dressed in the “blackout” theme, continued to stream into the stands. By the time the whistle blew to start the game, all the seats on the home side were completely filled with by record turnout for the homecoming game.

  The Charter Cheer Team leads the crowd through a routine and brandishes a “Go Force!” banner. The lights, rented to host the nighttime game in CSW’s own stadium appear in the background. Photo by Natalie Smith.

The Charter Cheer Team leads the crowd through a routine and brandishes a “Go Force!” banner. The lights, rented to host the nighttime game in CSW’s own stadium appear in the background. Photo by Natalie Smith.

The cheer team also showed off their skills and kept spirits high as they led the crowd (and even the band) through several cheers throughout the event. Touchdowns by Harrison-Dixon, number 30; Durham, number 50; Askins, number 1; and Keller, number 13 followed by extra point kicks by Michael Lober provided cheerleaders and fans alike with something to celebrate.

Halftime saw the announcement of the homecoming court for each grade and the crowning of the homecoming king and queen (SEE Homecoming) before the two opposing teams ran back out onto the field to finish the game. The excellent performances by the cheerleaders, marching band, and football team combined with the great crowd put students in a jubilant mood to begin homecoming weekend.

Any students or parents determined enough to rise early and brave the morning cold lined up in the upper lot at 8:30 AM for the fourth annual Force 5K supporting Charter Athletics. With over 150 racers and a dozen or so volunteers, the race looks to have raised in the ballpark of 500 dollars for CSW’s sports teams.

  Runners at the fourth annual Force 5K take off from the starting line in Charter’s upper lot. Proceeds from the race registration fee went towards Charter Athletics. Photo by CSW Drone Club.

Runners at the fourth annual Force 5K take off from the starting line in Charter’s upper lot. Proceeds from the race registration fee went towards Charter Athletics. Photo by CSW Drone Club.

Athletic Director Chris Eddy called the start of the race, and a top pack of three runners--alumnus Jan van Amerongen, sophomore Erik Schute, and freshman cross country runner Walter Schroeder--quickly took the lead. Despite an early advantage held by Amerongen, Schroeder finished first with a time of 18:57 followed by Schute in second and Amerongen in third.

Coming off of a competitive cross country race the day before, Schroeder used time-tested techniques to recover well for the Force 5K: “I had an ice bath [and] rolled myself out.” On the day of the race, he followed his usual routine of oats and bananas for breakfast, listening to music, and visualizing the race. Schroeder’s careful preparation clearly paid off, handing him his first running victory of his high school career.

As the race progressed, walkers and runners alike wound through the neighborhoods of Westover Hills through a tunnel of Charter Cheerleaders offering encouragement toward the finish line on the track. Altogether, the decisive win in football and exciting race made homecoming weekend a definite success for the Charter Force.

 

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