By Keenan Lo
Photo by Kimberly Williams
The Sewanee football team started off their season on Saturday with a strong win at home against Kenyon. Sewanee jumped out to a 210 lead and never trailed in the game, winning 3121. This game featured many big plays from Sewanee, including several huge plays from Quarterback Cody Daniel (C’16), 71 receiving yards from Stephen Hearn (C’18), and a 28 yard touchdown run from Mikey Plancher (C’18) (sewaneetigers.com). For Sewanee, starting off their season with a win was key for them to reach their goals. Cornerback Kirk Murphy (C’17) echoes that importance, saying, “It allowed us to start off this season with momentum. Since our goal is to be conference champs, wins are essential!” The football team has high hopes for their season, Photo by Kimberly Williams and Saturday’s win was key in starting off strong.
While the football game is clearly important for the team itself, the first football game also brings many firsts for other people. For Madison Leathers (C’16), it was her “last first Tiger Girls performance.” A fouryear veteran of Tiger Girls, Leathers describes her feelings for the halftime performance as “nervous but really excited.” For Arthur Ndoumbe (C’16), it was the first cheer performance of the season. Ndoumbe loves the cheer team and he credits cheering to helping him learn about American culture. Originally from Cameroon, he says “cheering for the football team has been a learning experience. I was never familiar with American football until I started cheering in Sewanee. Now I am starting to understand the ins and outs of the game. Additionally, I get to hang out with an amazing group of girls!” These firsts happen every year for the team and its supporters, and every year new faces come to Sewanee and get to share in the moments that make this school truly special.