The Rams played their first home game of the season on Sunday, but it was a game within the game that was special for some local youth football players.
The Camarillo Roadrunners youth football team took the field at halftime in the Rams home opener against the Arizona Cardinals. It was an opportunity of a life for these junior high kids.
Head coach for the Roadrunners, Bill Foeller, says they were thrilled for the invite.
“The board was informed that the Rams are offering some of the teams to come out so they asked if we would be interested and we had just played Calabasas last week in a league game so it was an opportunity to have a friendly game,” said Foeller.
The teams only got about six minutes to show off their skills, which gave them eight plays on both sides.
“I was really nervous,” said Dom Hunt, the Roadrunners quarterback. “My hands were sweaty. I was super excited. I couldn’t wait to score.”
The Roadrunners found the end zone twice to shutout Calabasas in front of NFL fans.
“I was both excited and nervous,” said Eli Lopez, the Roadrunners receiver. “I am just glad I didn’t drop the ball in the end zone. That would have been embarrassing, but I had a lot of fun,” said Lopez.
For some of the kids, it was their first time at an NFL game. They said it was an experience they will never forget.
“For a lot of these kids it’s their last year in youth football,” said Foeller. “Five of them are getting ready to go to high school football so to come out and see this kind of caliber football and the excitement that it brings it makes them want to try harder, play harder, and go to that next level.”