EVHS Football: Coach Medina Wins Big at WLV
Offense: 7 TD’s, 431 Yards Rushing, 5O Points Scored, A.D. To Verify If Records
By Robert A. Naranjo
LAS VEGAS, NM – It’s hard to win big in your hometown, especially you’re the head coach of the visiting football team. By the same token, there’s no end to the “carria” or “to bother or harass,” (“A Dictionary of New Mexico & Southern Colorado Spanish,” Revised and Expanded, By Ruben Cobos) if you lose big as the coach of the visiting team in your hometown. So, most coaches would agree that it’s better to win big or at least win when returning to your hometown as coach of the visiting team.
Friday night’s scoreboard. Courtesy photo
That’s exactly what happened to Española Valley Football Coach, Miguel Medina, when his football team gave the West Las Vegas Dons all they could handle and more. “That’s where I went to school,” Coach Medina told Valley Daily Post Sports about the City of Las Vegas, New Mexico. He said that EVHS “won last year by 2O points or so,” but this time around the Sundevils beat the Dons with more than double the winning margin of last year’s game.
Coach Medina told Valley Daily Sports Post that the Sundevils “hit them hard first and our defense played physical. We had 431 yards rushing and a 7 touchdowns.” Asked if the 7 touchdowns was a school record, he answered that, “The athletic director (Eric Vigil) is looking at the books to see if that’s a record and if rushing over 4OO yards is too.” Athletic director, Eric Vigil, may want to check if the 5O points tallied by the Sundevils is also a record effort. It was that kind of game in the 5O-O drubbing of the West Las Vegas Dons by the Sundevils.
Post Sports asked the coach how the Sundevils QB, Marcos Flores, did individually. “Marcos ran for 134 yards and half back, Josh Belmontes, had over 2OO yards,” he said with excitement in his voice. Post Sports confirmed with the coach that QB Marcos Flores is averaging over 12O yards per game with two played. Belmontes had the longest gainer of 2O or so yards in the tough opener against El Paso Cathedral and now added considerably more yards (2OO) against West Las Vegas making that yardage outstanding for a single game. Flores and Belmontes are the Sundevils’ rushing leaders at this point. Post sports asked Coach about the passing game. “We had our first passing TD, but we didn’t pass as much because there really was no need to with the rushing game working for us,” he explained.
Asked if he felt the team will begin to feel overconfident with two consecutive wins. “Stay humble, keep it in perspective — because arrogance and confidence are not too far apart,” Coach said he tells his players. He said that early on Monday, Labor Day morning, the team was back at practice working hard for the next game and not relenting at all. “This morning we worked on agility skills and some running. They know they have a job to do and are still completely focused,” he said.
Next game slated for the Sundevils is Pojoaque. There was some controversy caused by a Pojoaque student due to what he posted on social media disparaging EVHS. It was picked up by at least one Albuquerque TV news station. The post has since been taking down and no word on how Pojoaque Schools handled it other than to have the student take it down. Ultimately, it may backfire on this Pojoaque student and his Elks team as many times things like this have a way of firing up the team or school being bashed. The Sundevils may have been provoked into an early Elk hunting season.
Coach Medina wrapped up his statements to Post Sports by relating what he told his Sundevils football team. “I told them not to get drawn into the negativity and lose focus. Prove it on the football field,” Coach Medina advised. That’s good advice, because, after all, that’s what the game of football is all about. And, the operative word is “game!”