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    Stryker's quarterback Payton Wallace, top, and his team pump up before taking the field for the very first time in their home season opener.

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    Stryker's Wyatt Short (21) talks with head coach Justin Sonnenberg as they warm up Friday before their home season opener.

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    The Stryker football team gets ready for their season home opener Friday. This was the first varsity game for the high school since 1931. The team began with junior varsity two years ago and made their varsity debut Friday against Holgate.

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    Stryker's Amos Sloan (77) Carter Zimmann, center, and James Dixon (52) peer out at the crowd from inside the locker room before their home season opener Friday.

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    Stryker's Gavin Campbell (30) embraces Logan Liechty (61) inside the locker room as they get set for their season home opener Friday.

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    Stryker's coach Joe Kewin talks with Carter Zimmann (4) before the home season opener Friday.

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    Stryker's head coach Justin Sonnenberg, center, delivers his speech as his team gets set for their season home opener Friday.

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    The Stryker football team is led by Max Wonders (80) Alex Grice (55) and Wyatt Short (21) as they take the field for their season home opener Friday.

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    The Stryker football team takes their field for their season home opener Friday.

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    Stryker's Noah Huffman (66) hoists up teammate Max Wonders (80) as they get pumped up before their home season football opener Friday. This was the first varsity game for the high school since 1931. The team began with junior varsity two years ago and made their varsity debut Friday against Holgate.

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    Stryker's Noah Huffman (66) and Wyatt Short (21) lead their team in standing for the National Anthem Friday in their home season opener.

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    Fans line up to buy tickets to the season opener Friday at Stryker. This was the first varsity game for the high school since 1931. The team began with junior varsity two years ago and made their varsity debut Friday against Holgate with fewer than 20 members.

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    Mike Rodeheaver, center, sports a Stryker shirt as he waits in line to buy his ticket to the home season opener Friday.

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    A fan holds a sign cheering on the varsity football team Friday at Stryker. This was the first varsity game for the high school since 1931. The team began with junior varsity two years ago and made their varsity debut Friday against Holgate with fewer than 20 members.

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    Stryker cheerleader Sydney Feather, 14, center, embraces her friend Annaleise Campbell, 15, before the home season opener Friday.

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    Stryker's quarterback Payton Wallace (8) finds an opening against Holgate in the the Friday season opener at Stryker.

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    Stryker's Izaiah Sanchez (35) evades Holgate's defense on his scoring run in the first quarter of the Friday home season opener at Stryker.

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    Stryker's Izaiah Sanchez (35) is cheered by teammate Wyatt Short (21) after scoring against Holgate's in the Friday season opener at Stryker.

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    Joanie Bell, center, cheers alongside other Stryker fans Friday during the home season opener against Holgate.

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    Stryker's Izaiah Sanchez (35) is cheered by his teammates including Max Wonders (80) Wyatt Short, center, left, Noah Huffman, center right, and Amos Sloan (77) after scoring against Holgate's in the first quarter of the Friday season opener at Stryker.

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    Stryker's head coach Justin Sonnenberg keeps an eye on the action during the home season opener Friday.

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    Stryker's Wyatt Short (21) takes down Holgate's ball carrier Hunter Gerschultz in the first quarter of the Friday season opener at Stryker.

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    Stryker's Izaiah Sanchez talks with a coach during the Friday home season opener.

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    Chloe Littin, 14, center, watches the action Friday during the home season opener. This was the first varsity game for the high school since 1931. The football team began with junior varsity two years ago and made their varsity debut Friday against Holgate. Holgate won, 57-14.

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    Stryker's Gavin Campbell (30) looks to evade Holgate's Luke Wenner (15) on the run in the Friday season opener at Stryker.

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    With fewer than 20 players Stryker's sidelines are sparse during their Friday home season opener against Holgate.

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    Stryker's Payton Wallace (8) and Wyatt Short (21) work to take down Holgate's ball carrier Tallon Meyer (10) in the Friday season opener at Stryker.

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    Stryker's Carter Zimmann (4) evades Holgate's Ben Like (23) on the run in the Friday season opener at Stryker.

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    Stryker's Cameron Wonders (74) listens as head coach Justin Sonnenberg talks with his team after their loss in the Friday home season opener against Holgate. Holgate won, 57-14.

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    Stryker's football team brings it in one last time after the Friday home season opener against Holgate. Holgate won, 57-14.

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Stryker High School Panthers hosted the Holgate Tigers Friday, August 24, 2018, for their home season opener, which doubled as Stryker’s first varsity football game since 1931. The football team began with junior varsity two years ago and made their varsity debut Friday. Holgate won, 57-14. Click on the arrows on either side of the image above to scroll through the complete gallery.

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