The new-look Martin Luther King High School Cougars football team’s season opened with a 22-14 loss to the Simon Gratz Bulldogs at Marcus Johnson Memorial Stadium on Friday night.
The Cougars, the focus of additional attention after the New York Times featured the program in a story as much about football as it was a troubled school district, took a 14-0 lead into halftime.
They wouldn’t score another point, bringing about a loss that drew tears and frustration on the sideline.
“We showed what we could be in the first half,” Head Coach Ed Dunn told his team after the game. “The silver lining is that they have to deal with us again.”
Dunn was alluding to a potential playoff appearance, showing confidence that a team infused with players from the shuttered Germantown High School (a Thanksgiving Game rival at which he was an assistant coach), would rebound from the opening-night loss.
“This story,” Dunn said, “ain’t over yet.”
NewsWorks will have a full report from the game on Tuesday.