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The bad luck of “Friday the 13th” haunted the football team when the Phoenix took on the Tuscarora Huskies — the game ended with the Huskies taking the victory over the Phoenix 45-6.
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Sophomore Xavier Smith (6), the Phoenix quarterback, runs the ball as his teammates help hold up the defense. “My [offensive] line collapses, so I just [have to run], and it’s a good way to get first downs because [Tuscarora’s] defense was really good,” Smith said.

The cold, ominous air of Friday the 13 filled the stadium as the Phoenix prepared to fight the eerie battle. 

On Oct. 13, the Phoenix faced the Tuscarora Huskies for the annual pink-out football game. As the game quickly got going, the Huskies scored their first touchdown in the last 5 minutes of the first quarter. Soon after, the Phoenix gained possession from a fumble by the Huskies toward the end of the first quarter. 

As the second quarter started, the Phoenix continued to fight as the Huskies overtook them. Toward the last few minutes of the quarter, senior Steven Boushra, safety and wide receiver for the Phoenix, intercepted the ball from the Huskies. His strong play did not result in getting some points on the board for the Phoenix, though, and the second quarter ended with Huskies up 31-0. Senior linebacker, running back, and team captain Austin Fisher plays closely with Boushra. “[Boushra’s] energy is something super positive that contributes to the team including myself,” Fisher said. “Seeing him on the field with me is always great and we are always having fun together.”

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The Phoenix quarterback, sophomore Xavier Smith, scrambled to avoid sacks from the defense throughout the whole game. One of the captains, junior linebacker Shamar Ferrell, made multiple attempts to assist Smith. “I try to not put my head down when we lose because if I [do, it’s] going [to] make them feel bad about themselves after one play,” Ferrell said. “I gotta try to keep my head up and let them know I [am] leading them to do better in the game.”

As the Huskies maintained the lead throughout the third and most of the fourth quarter, Smith scored a touchdown during the last 6 minutes of the game for the Phoenix. Despite his accomplishment, Smith humbly wished for a better result overall. “[The game] wasn’t that good, [it wasn’t] a crazy game for me,” Smith said. “As a team, we could’ve done better.” The final score of the spine-chilling Friday was 45-6 with the Huskies beating the Phoenix. 

The last home game of the season will be played on Nov. 3.

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Shaila Patel
Shaila Patel, Website Coordinator
Shaila Patel is a senior in her second year on the newspaper staff, fueled by her strong sense of curiosity. Since a young age, Patel has been aiding people close to her. Whether it be through PEER or through daily actions, she is passionate about helping strangers, close friends, and family who are struggling in any way, but especially with any mental health concerns. Caring is a big part of who she is. Patel is also an avid dancer. She believes that dance is a form of art, especially the Indian classical dance she practices, Bharatanatyam. Patel sees it as a useful tool for many to convey stories, culture, who people are, and more. 
Danielle Kimpson Kaley
Danielle Kimpson Kaley, Staff Writer
Danielle is a sophomore and this is her first year on staff. In her free time, she loves sleeping whenever she gets the chance. She also watches anime and recently finished “Chainsaw Man,” and enjoys playing the guitar, which she has been doing for six years. She enjoys all genres of music, except country, and her favorite album is “HOPE” by NF. While her favorites change a lot, they have a very similar vibe. Danielle's mom is the reason she joined the newspaper. When her mom found out about “The Blaze,” she was so excited and encouraged Danielle to join the paper.
Nidhi Manchala
Nidhi Manchala, Staff Writer
Nidhi is a junior at Rock Ridge and it is her third year as a member of The Blaze. Outside of school, Nidhi enjoys drawing. She prefers to keep her art private, and mostly doodles on work. Her favorite part of school is newspaper, which she actually joined on a whim as a freshman. Her favorite part of newspaper is the design aspect because she gets to put her art skills to use. Nidhi has spent this past summer studying for the SAT and taking care of her beloved dog. Nidhi aspires to be a psychiatrist when she’s older due to her interest in psychology. Nidhi is looking forward to college and the freedom that comes with it.

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