Cowboys Shutout Wildcats in Senior Night Game


Photo Courtesy of Adrian Alvarez (@gaither.sports on Instagram)

Rachel Slay, Staff Writer


Before the start of Friday’s game against the Wharton Wildcats, the seniors of the Gaither football team, cheerleaders, Marching Cowboys and Starettes were presented to the fans and family in the stands. Each senior was escorted down the 50 yard line by close relatives and friends as a brief description of their time spent at Gaither was read aloud.

Shortly after the presentation, the Cowboys kicked off at Ron Allen Field for the last time this season.

Gaither kept the Wildcats scoreless and managed to collect two touchdowns in the second half, winning the game 14-0. Sophomore cornerback Jordan Oladokun intercepted a Wharton pass and returned it 50 yards for the first TD of the game in the third quarter. Junior quarterback Tony Bartalo led the Cowboy offense to the red zone on their next drive, allowing senior Jaedin Andrews to rush one yard for Gaither’s second and final TD.

After the game, senior linebacker and captain Brysen Roth shared his feelings about the conclusion of his time playing at Gaither and what it’s meant to him.

“Everything I’ve worked for was on that field and I’ve learned so much here, I had to make [that game] count. There were a lot of emotions, from sad to excited… It’s crazy how four years flew by,” said Roth.

The Cowboys (6-3) have their last regular season game next week at Tampa Bay Tech (7-2).