Last Friday night the Hurricanes took on the Klein Bearkats in a rival football match. As the first quarter kicked off, the Hurricanes quickly scored in a small possession against the Bearkats’ defense. Although Klein attempted to stop Cain’s offense, the boys continued to play relentlessly, scoring several touchdown passes in between the Bearkats’ defensive breakdown. While the stands and chants of school spirit filled the stadium, the boys motivated each other on the sidelines shouting words of encouragement and inspiration.

Luke Pardee (7) resets for another play against rival Klein High. The Hurricanes would go on to beat the Bearkats 54-44. Photo by Charlotte Gottfried.
Luke Pardee (7) resets for another play against rival Klein High. The Hurricanes would go on to beat the Bearkats 52-42 in a major upset. Photo by Charlotte Gottfried.

“I felt so much gratitude to my teammates, coaches, and the whole community who came out,” Luke Pardee (7) said.

With the defense and offense taking care of business one play at a time, the Klein stands began to soften. Although the boys continued to push themselves against the Bearkats, as halftime approached the energy on the field changed. The Hurricanes turned over the ball resulting in a recovery in Klein’s offense. While the Bearkats were leading going into halftime the boys were determined to keep their composure and regain the lead.

“I just felt a change in the game,” Matthew Golden (2) said. “I knew second half we had to come out and play even harder.”

Marc Franco (60), Logan Marcum (31), and Joshua Arispe (10) throw their "eyes up" as the Hurricanes prepare to receive from Klein High during the first half. Photo by Charlotte Gottfried.
Logan Marcum (31), Marc Franco (60), and Joshua Arispe (10) throw their “eyes up” as the Hurricanes prepare to receive from Klein High during the first half. Photo by Charlotte Gottfried.

Halftime Recovery

As the halftime performance concluded, the boys rushed out ready to prove themselves worthy of a fight.

“We all knew we were built to succeed in adversity,” Pardee said. “We embraced it and it motivated us.”

“We all knew we were built to succeed in adversity.”
– Luke Pardee

While the Bearkats were piped on their lead, DB Issac Hudson (19) swatted a long pass instantly changing the energy on the field. With the Bearkats hesitant to launch another hail mary across the field, they quickly fumbled the ball and the defense recovered it sending the crowd into a frenzy.

Matt Golden gains yardage against Klein High defenders as Cade Farragut (15) and Charles Jones (24) clear the way. Photo by Charlotte Gottfried.
Matt Golden (2) gains yardage against Klein High defenders as Cade Farragut (15) and Charles Jones (24) clear the way. Photo by Charlotte Gottfried.

Soon the Hurricanes and the Bearkats took turns fighting for the lead.  Just as the game slowed to a standstill, starting QB Luke Pardee threw a touchdown pass to WR Matthew Golden creating a safe lead against the Bearkats.

“I just exploded when he took off,” Caleb Soto (67) said. “It felt like the turn around of the game.”

Students participate in "White Out" night as they help the Caniacs and Cheer rally the team. Photo by Charlotte Gottfried.
Students participate in “White Out” night as they help the Caniacs and Cheer rally the team. Photo by Charlotte Gottfried.

Finishing off the Bearkats

With the end of the game nearing,  the boys were persistent in finishing off the Bearkats. With a few minutes left in the final quarter, QB Luke Pardee made a statement to the Bearkats running the ball straight through Klein defense. As the final seconds ticked away the Hurricanes celebrated their hard-earned win.

“When you put your heart into it you make the unlikely happen,” Reggie Fain (16) said. ” I was just so happy when the game was over.”

With the final score against Klein being 52-42, the Hurricanes currently stand at a 2-1 record. The team will face off against Conroe in Klein Memorial Stadium this Saturday at 6PM.

“We trained all off-season for moments like that,” Pardee said. “I was so grateful for the journey and everyone who helped us get here.”