Micah Chasen and Josh Berenbaum
Editor-in-Chief and Sports Editor
On Senior Night, with the whole school watching, it was a sophomore who stole the show. With a touchdown receiving, rushing, and returning, Amitai Afenjar ‘18 left no doubt in the eyes of the fans who the best player on the field was. Granted, Amitai was not alone. Joined by both co-captains, quarterback Jason Goldman ‘16 and tailback Michael Reisman ‘16, the Wildcats overcame a tough first quarter to dominate the Bright Star Charter Eagles by a score of 40-6.
It was truly a well rounded victory. The Wildcats commanded every element of the game. Looking in control on both offense and defense, the Wildcats had their way with the visiting Eagles.
On one possession, Amitai Afenjar ‘18, lost a fumble to the Eagles, but on the ensuing possession, he forced a fumble which was one of many recovered by the Wildcats. On the next offensive play, Afenjar ran for a touchdown from midfield, thanks to excellent blocking by Michael Reisman downfield. The Wildcats never looked back, and went into halftime holding the Eagles scoreless.
One Wildcat that played at an incredibly high level was Kyle Goldman ‘17. He rushed for a touchdown in the second half, and came up with crucial tackles throughout the game that held the Eagles in check. When asked what lead him and the Wildcats to play at such a high level, Kyle said that it “was a result of preparation. [They] worked really hard all week so that [they] could put on a performance to remember for the fans.”
For a team that normally plays in front practically empty stands, there is no question that having the majority of the school cheering them on energized the Wildcats. Jason Goldman ‘16 had this to say about the electricity at Homecoming. “It was great to play in front of the fans. They inspired us to play at the highest possible level and definitely added to the intensity of the game. We really wanted to win for them.”
The Wildcats put together a resounding victory to end the first season of Coach Charls’ Wildcat career. For most Milken students, this was the first time all season they went out to Birmingham High School to watch their team play. In no way did the Wildcats disappoint.