Prep football | Saint Stephen's opens new house with 20-0 victory over Out-of-Door Academy

Saint Stephen's packs stands onnight of celebration

rdymond@bradenton.comOctober 26, 2013 

BRADENTON -- "She's a brick house. She's mighty, mighty, mighty..."The Commodores' 1977 hit, "Brick House" made history Friday night by becoming the first song played by the Saint Stephen's Episcopal School pep band before the first ever football game at the new Moore Athletic Complex at Turner Fields.

"I just thought it was fitting for this great new complex, which is a mighty brick house," said Jamie Marshall, head of music studies at Saint Stephen's.

On a night of historic firsts, some of the more memorable ones included:

• The first football victory at the complex, which went to the host Falcons, a 20-0 shutout of Out-of-Door Academy.

• The largest attendance at a football game at the new complex, an estimated 1,000 Friday, including a fully packed home stands which hold 800.

• The first touchdown ever scored at the new complex, a nine-yard run with 6 minutes, 30 seconds left in the second quarter by Saint Stephen's junior Luc Goeders. Goeders also scored the second touchdown, a 14-yard-run with 4:11 left in the second quarter. "He's a nice runner who can shift gears," ODA Coach Brett Timmons said of Goeders.

• The first appearance at the new complex during a football game of Stuart and Elizabeth Moore, parents to Falcon students Grace, 15, and Merry, 13, and namesakes of the new complex.

"When I came out on Wednesday, which was the first day the public could come to the complex, and I saw all the kids on the field, I teared up," Elizabeth Moore said. "It's like a D III college-level facility. Saint Stephen's had top notch academic facilities but not athletic fields. We are just honored we could help turn that around."

The Moores put up $2 million with the challenge of others to match it, which they did.

• The first shutout recorded at the new complex, to Saint Stephen's, and it even shocked Falcon coach Tod Creneti. "Our defense played as well tonight as they ever have in three years," Creneti said.

• The first player ever to hoist The Headmaster's Cup at game's end at the new complex -- Goeders, who couldn't stop smiling.

• The first player not named Goeders to score a touchdown at the new complex was Falcon junior Griffin Donnelly, who had a 17-yard run to finish the scoring with 6:03 left in the third quarter.

• The first PAT will forever lie with the Falcons' Bradley Beazant, who booted his first with 4:11 left in the second quarter.

• The honor of being the first parent to throw a football around with her children at halftime went to Tammy O'Dell, who had a catch with sons Sam, 15, and Harry, 10. Throwing a football at halftime may be a new tradition at Saint Stephen's because parents like O'Dell helped build the complex.

"My sons and I do feel as if it is ours," said O'Dell who has sent four children to the school over 15 years: Sam, Harry, Max, 12, and Alex, who graduated last year.

A working mom, O'Dell did without vacations to add $5,000 of her own family's money to help build the $4.5 million complex.

• The first Saint Stephen's kindergarten teachers to walk into the new stadium were Jan Roberts and Diane Olson. "Very excited to see this," said Roberts, who has been at the school for 25 years. "It's hard to believe this went up in a year."

Roberts had current football players George Prince and Joey Mays as kindergartners. "You could tell they would be football players because they were very active boys with lots of spirit," Roberts said.

Olson and Roberts said 5-year-old Giacomo Bollettieri, son of tennis great Nick Bollettieri, will be a football player in a decade.

• First mom to hand out programs went to Elizabeth Baran, who has a first grader, Jed, and a third grader at the school.

"I love the new fields," Baran said. "I live in Lakewood Ranch and I need a bumper sticker that says, 'Saint Stephen's...Worth the Ride.'"

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