Seniors Last First Game Of High School


Spencer Wilson and Mason Ritenauer enjoying their last first football game as seniors.

Jeremiah Woods, Staff Writer

Durant seniors have begun their many “last first” events starting with their last first day of school and now their last first football game.

On Friday, Aug. 19 many seniors attended their first Durant football game for their last season in high school. These football games allow not only seniors, but all students, a time and place to come together and have fun through their shared school spirit. The thrill that comes from the crowd as the football game progresses can be overwhelming but exciting.

For most seniors, the last first game gave them mixed emotions. “I’m feeling excited for the season to start but also sad because it will be my last first game,” said senior Jack Ligori.

I’m feeling excited for the season to start but also sad because it will be my last first game.

— Jack Ligori

In a year, the class of 2023 will be off to college, the military or the workforce where they won’t be able to experience another high school football game as a senior.

Senior Paige Delaney said, “The first game of the season is always so much fun because everyone has been waiting an entire school year for it to come back around.” Senior Aidan Welsh agreed, “It starts the last haul for the players on the field and for the supporters in the stands, it marks the last season of watching games dressed to the theme of the night.”

For some students this last first experience raised nostalgic memories. “It’s special because I remember my very first game as a high schooler,” said senior Mason Ritenauer. “It’s just crazy that we’re already seniors and this is the last first home game.”

Many great memories are made in high school, and a lot of them are made at football games. It’s a time of laughter and excitement, and these seniors have one more year to enjoy getting hyped up and decked out in spirit wear to cheer on their school. GO COUGS!