Huddle yell before the game. Valley Daily Post image
EVHS Football: Conditions Perfect For A 2nd Successful Season
Sundevil Football Looking to Improve on Last Season’s 5-5 Record…
Story and Photos by Robert A. Naranjo
EL LLANO – Coach Miguel Medina is looking at the glass of water symbolizing the EVHS football team as full to the brim – no half-full or half-empty glass here. The Valley Daily Post’s Sports reporter visited Sundevil Field Tuesday, July 28 to observe the Sundevils play a preseason 7-Man Scrimmage against McCurdy Charter School of Santa Cruz. An opportunity to observe, in the preseason, two Española-area schools that Post Sports will cover, was fortunate.
Coach Medina calls for a play. Valley Daily Post image
Coach Medina informed Valley Daily Post Sports that he’s in his fourth year as head football coach at EVHS, and said that this group of seniors has been with him for three years. He spoke highly of his football players that will graduate with the Class of 2O16 who have used football as a learning tool for life – discovering that with hard work and perseverance anything is possible.
Coach Medina wants his team to “…go 1O-O because there’s no reason why we can’t win every game,” he said with confidence in his tone. He described a typical summer preseason with two-times a week football training consisting of weightlifting, morning and afternoon practice, etc.
“You’re going to have to earn every game because no one is going to give you anything — no team wants to lose to us. It’s because of who we are — we’re Española,” he tells his players. Coach Medina always reminds his football squad about dividends paying off from their work ethic, “You guys deserve it, because you’ve worked for it. I tell people, it’s not me, it’s the work that they’ve put in,” he added. An assistant, at that point, walks up and asks the coach if he wants the field lights turned on. Coach Medina, thinking ahead to EVHS night games, tells the assistant that it’s a good time to see if any lights need replacement.
Sundevil's quarterback, Marcos Flores fires a long pass during a scrimmage. Valley Daily Post image
Valley Daily Post Sports asked the coach about his senior quarterback, Marcos Flores. “He’s getting a little bit of ‘happy feet’ because he’s a great runner,” he said of the Chimayo native. “He has been our quarterback for a while now and he took a lot of hits in past seasons,” the coach said. But he added that Flores has matured into a fine QB and has the arm to throw the ball when called upon. Coach Medina told Post Sports that Flores was third in the Javelin at the NMAA State AAAA Track & Field Championship last year. Sure enough, the Post Sports reporter saw a few long passes during the scrimmage to receiver Rudy Martinez that were big ground gainers and displayed not only Flores’ arm and accuracy, but Martinez’s receiving talent as well. Quick short completed passes for 1O to 15 yards were part of the display by Flores and receiver Rudy Martinez.
There was considerable more to the visit with Coach Medina Tuesday afternoon, i.e., who are his assistant coaches, other key members of the Sundevil football team like his receiver Rudy Martinez mentioned above, and his center who was hiking the ball perfectly. However, Post Sports will cover Sundevil Football and bring you an inside look at the coaches and players with its “In Focus” series.
Quarterback receives snap from center. Valley Daily Post image
Even the field was “the best I’ve ever seen it in my time here,” he said about the lush, green grass that appeared as if though it, too, was trying to do its best for the Sundevils. Coach Medina credited Danny Romero’s landscape company, Green Lawn Supreme, with the nearly perfect condition of the field. Romero’s company laid down the sod on Sundevil Field, plus, the Coach said, “…all the summer rains helped” Romero with the Sundevils “Field of Dreams!”
When Coach Medina was asked if he’d be happy with a 7O percent season, winning 7 out o 1O games, he quickly responded, “I think we can win 1O if we put our minds to it.” That pretty much sums up the attitude of the EVHS football team this season, a full glass, no more and no less. On a “Field of Dreams,” it may just come true.
Post Sports thanks EVHS Assistant Coach, Justin Serrano, for his valuable assistance providing information during the preseason 7-Man Scrimmage between the Española Valley Sundevils and the McCurdy Bobcats.
See below for more images of the EVHS Sundevils football team getting ready for the new season.
Quarterback targets for short pass. Valley Daily Post image
Football scrimmage over. Valley Daily Post image
QB and coach knuckle high five. Valley Daily Post image