It wasn't the start the Fort High Sting were hoping for.
The Sting lost to the Beaumont Bandits, 19-0, in the first regular season game ever played on the brand new Taurus Field on Thursday (Sept.13).
For many of the players this is their first year playing high school football, including quarterback Blake Weetman.
"It was eye opening. It was kind of different than bantam and we definitely have to work harder next week," said Weetman.
The Sting are coming off a championship season, but many of last year's star players have graduated.
"We're very, very young," said head coach Tyler Hussey. "I hope a lot of these guys woke up and realized that it's a lot more effort now. Just because you were big and fast last year, doesn't mean you're big and fast anymore."
Despite being shutout, the Sting played strong for three quarters with all Beaumont's points coming in the second quarter.
"Two of those touchdowns were just dumb mistakes and one was a really good pass by their quarterback. Overall we're not super worried about it."
The Sting's next game is against the Eastglen Blue Devils at Clarke Stadium on September 20.