Northern NM Children’s Football League Plays At Sundevil Stadium

by Staff Reporter / Oct 15, 2017 / comments
D-2 actionYouth , ages 7-8, played Saturday afternoon at Sundevil Stadium in a Northern New Mexico Children’s Football League meet. Photo by Robert Naranjo for the valleydailypost.com

Northern NM Children’s Football League Plays At Sundevil Stadium

By ROBERT NARANJO

It was a beautiful day for football in the Espanola Valley. Teams from Santa Fe and Espanola played on the new turf at Sundevil Stadium at Espanola Valley High School. Javin Coriz, a coach and organizer of the games, told the valleydailypost.com that they have a good working relationship with the high school.

“We lend them equipment that we have, and they let us use this field. It makes a big difference than playing or practicing at a local park. It also gets the kids used to playing on turf,” he said.

The first game was an all Santa Fe contest between the Santa Fe Demons and the Santa Fe Bears in a D-1, ages 5-6, flag football contest. The two teams battled back and forth in a high scoring contest. The Santa Fe Demons ended up on top with a final score of 37-31.

D-1, ages 5-6, action in flag football,  between the Santa Fe Demons and the Santa Fe Bears. Photo by Robert Naranjo for the valleydailypost.com

The next game was a D-2 contest, ages 7-8, between the Espanola Valley Sundevils and the Santa Fe Demons. This game was a tackle game. Espanola Valley Sundevil, Ulysses Sanchez, #99, ran the first play of the game over 50 yards into the endzone for a touchdown. The Sundevils kicked the extra point (worth two points, running it in is worth one point) and led 8-0. Santa Fe answered back within minutes but did not kick for two but ran it in, and the score was 8-7, Sundevils. The Sundevils scored again but missed the extra two point kick but led 14-7 after the first quarter ended.

The Sundevils added one more score and the Demons added a last minute score to make the final 20-13. Coach Javin Coriz told the valleydailypost.com that he was pleased with the win moving his team’s record to 6-1. “We played sloppy today. We’ve been blowing out teams. Maybe it was home field jitters,” he said.

In the D-3 game, ages 9-10 year olds, the Espanola Valley Sundevils fumbled the ball on the opening kickoff against the Santa Fe Demons and the Demons took full advantage and never looked back. The Sundevils scored late to make the final 33-12.

D-3, ages 8-10, action, Sundevils versus the Santa Fe Demons. The Sundevils fumbled the opening kickoff and it was downhill from there in the first Half, although playing a much better second Half, but fell short, 33-12. Photo by Robert Naranjo for the valleydailypost.com

In the D-4 contest, ages 11-12 year olds, the Espanola Valley Sundevils prevailed in a close contest. After the first half, the Sundevils led 13-6. Both squads added one more touchdown each making the final 19-12, Sundevils.

D-4, ages 11-12,  football action Saturday. Sundevils prevail in 19-12 exciting contest. Photo by Robert Naranjo for the valleydailypost.com

There was a Sundevil cheerleading squad on hand for all NNMCFL Sundevil games. The cheerleading coach, Linda Martinez, told the valleydailypost.com that her cheerleading squad took third place at a competition at St. Mikes Oct. 1st, with 13 teams competing.

Espanola’s Derrick Chavez had a 35-yard touchdown run against Santa Fe in Espanola’s 19-12 victory in the 11-12-year old game. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

Coach Javin Coriz, told the valleydailypost.com that the school record, EVHS District Champion football team of two years ago, had about 80 percent of its players that started out in YAFL. He added that local youth teams used to play in Pop Warner but “went away for about 10 years.” Then YAFL out of Santa Fe came to Espanola according to Coriz and stayed.

Recently, the Northern New Mexico Children’s Football League, based in Santa Fe, became the league that Espanola Valley youth began to play in beginning this year. The NNMCFL is three years old. Coriz has been a coach and organizer of youth football for 12 years.

After the last horn sounded, ending the final game of the day, the Espanola Valley Sundevil teams went 2-1 against the Santa Fe Demon teams.

Espanola’s Dominic Martinez runs for yardage against Santa Fe. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post