Sundevils thanking fans after their game in Gallup earlier in the season. Courtesy photo
Sundevils District Football Champions!
By Robert A. Naranjo
Bernalillo – It wasn’t even close in the two games necessary for the Española Valley Sundevils to win their second District Football Championship in school history (the last title coming in 1991). The first game was an EVHS victory at Bernalillo which came on a 46-O score. The second game had to be a Del Norte victory over Los Alamos which was the case. Any other result, EV losing at Bernalillo or Los Alamos winning at Del Norte, even with a EV win would have left 9-1 Española Valley hoping for one of seven “At Large” selections to high school football’s “big dance.”
KDCE Radio broadcast the Española Valley at Bernalillo game and brought Sundevil fans updates on the Los Alamos at Del Norte game. Española Valley fans were resting easy by the first Half of the EV / Bernalillo game where Española lead 38-O and Del Norte lead Los Alamos 13-O.
QB Marcos Flores played another great game and his fellow teammates followed suit. Santiago Vigil had three TD’s by the Half. “Flores on the keeper” as announcers have said all season brought a TD early in the second Quarter and scored a few two-point conversions and one or two more touchdowns. Also, fired up was Sundevil Tommy Trujillo who had a spectacular long run into the red zone but announcers said he but back and was caught preventing a TD but soon a score followed with the field position Trujillo secured.
Louis Gallegos relieved Marcos Flores as QB and “…played well once he settled down” according to KDCE’s “RG” – the game’s play by play announcer. They speculated that since the game was out of reach, QB Flores was taken out of the game as a precaution against injury. Mateo Apodaca put points up as well as the “Mystery Man” Velasquez who scored in the L.A. game and scored again against Bernalillo when inserted into the game. He was given the Mystery Man moniker when he was put in the Los Alamos game and was not on the media scorebooks and KDCE’s Tomas Garcia referred to him as that – finally a fan solved the mystery!
And just when KDCE’s color commentator Rudy Sisneros was mentioning the steady play of Velasquez “with no fumbles” In his limited but effective play, Velasquez fumbles leading Sisneros to say, “As soon as I said he didn’t fumble…!”
Bernalillo had good play by their QB Gutierrez but he was always “running for his life” as announcers mentioned but they tempered that with the fact that Bernalillo is a young squad and are learning with every game. Much like Santa Cruz’s McCurdy Charter Bobcats whom are a young squad also.
The EVHS Sundevils raced out to a big lead against Bernalillo and never looked back. It worked for them as ordered with Del Norte beating Los Alamos and on the night of November 6, Coach Miguel Medina, his Assistant Coaches, and with QB Marcos Flores leading the Sundevils, history was made in Bernalillo and EVHS takes the District 2-5A Football District Championship.
Coverage by Valley Daily Post SPORTS will continue with more on the Bernalillo game, the seed the Sundevils get in the State Football Playoff and some words from Coach Miguel Medina and other exciting developments with both Cross-Country teams from EVHS at the State Championship Race at Rio Rancho on 11/7.
CONGRATULATIONS EVHS SUNDEVILS, DISTRICT FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS!
OTHER AREA TEAMS IN DISTRICT TITLE PLAYOFFS
Escalante Lobos – 42
Questa Wildcats – 2O
Escalante Gets A Fired Up Questa But Settles It In the Second Half
The Questa Wildcats must have liked Lobo Stadium in Tierra Amarilla where they went toe-to-toe with the Escalante Lobos in a District playoff game. The teams were tied after the first Quarter at 6-6. Questa adds 14 in the second Quarter to Escalantes’ 2O but in the second Half, Questa remained scoreless and Escalante put up 16 for the 42-2O final.
Pojoaque – 14
Taos – 51
Pojoaque: Should Have One The First One
Pojoaque is counting this season as the one that got away after having a good game against Los Alamos. Had they won that game, they would have had a good season, is a fair statement.
McCurdy Season Has Ended.