By: Alex Mascia and Kaylie Langtry
The Agua Fria football team ended its season last Friday with a tough 28-21 loss to Goldwater, finishing its season at 5-5, a four-win improvement over last season.
The seniors’ last high school game and senior night was on October 27th against Barry Goldwater. Coach George Martinez would like to let his senior football players know that even though this was his first year coaching, he quickly fell in love with the seniors and the team, he wishes he could have one more year with you guys.
The support for the Owls was awesome in their last game of the season. The Owls had a chance to win on fourth and goal from the three-yardline, but came up short.
Coach Martinez said he was proud of the improved season and sees even more success in the years to come. “We see a bright future ahead for Agua Fria “Owls” Football in the years to come,” he said. “I want to thank the Administration for hiring me to run this Football Program. I want to thank all my Coaches and Players for all the hard work and many hours of preparation to win games. Lastly I want to thank the Admin, Faculty, Staff, Booster Club and all who took part in helping the 2018 Football Teams be successful.”
Below is an update on some of the other action from the Owls’ season.
The Owls took on the Verrado Vipers in a conference game on Friday, September 28th, at 7:00. This was a long anticipated matchup and the Owls were predicted to lose, but the boys wanted to prove everyone wrong. The Owls came out strong and by the end of the first half they were up 14-0.
In the second half the Owls came out with the same energy and were ready to play. The Owls were out scored by Verrado in the second half 13-14 point but the Owls would win the game 27-14 dominating the first half. In the second quarter Quarterback Tre Lewis threw two amazing throws to Tight End Trey Osbourne. One for a 35 yard touchdown and the other for a 27 yard touchdown.
Quarterback Tre Lewis also recorded two rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter and the Player of the Game award. The Owls defense had 6 sacks compared to the Vipers one sack. On defense Cornerback Quinn Boykins had a season high 3 interceptions and the Owls defensive player of the game. When asking Offensive Lineman Carson Kennedy how the Owls performed, he said, ¨We did really good and are ready for next week.¨
The Owls are now 5-4 which is the best record that they have had in nearly 4 years. This Owls team are now ranked 101, being just outside of the top one hundred in the Arizona High School football ranking system. Since the Owls game against the Vipers they have gone 1-2. They lost against Willow Canyon, losing 10-14 in a very close game. After they had a Rivalry game against Millenium, the Owls lost this game 35-0 in a blowout.
The Owls had their homecoming game against Independence and they were ready to come out and play. Beating the Patriots 31-14 outscoring them by 17 points in the first half. This was a big win for the Owls coming out of a two game losing streak.
On the Friday of October 19th, the Owls varsity football team played Independence for the homecoming game. The whole school was ready to watch the football team in hopes of winning going into the homecoming dance.
Since this was the big homecoming game, Senior Eriyon Ward said “there were nerves going into this game because we have not won a homecoming game in 3 years,”
When Independence had kickoff, the Owls were ready to rumble. Within the first quarter, Senior Eriyon Ward had a 4 yard rushing touchdown, followed by a good PAT by Gabriel Herrera. The Owls were starting the game off right with a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. The Owls continued their touchdown and good PAT streak by scoring another touchdown by Trey Lewis, and two good PAT’s by Gabriel Herrera. Leaving the score 14-0 going into halftime.
After a long halftime, the Owls were eager to get back on the field. In the third quarter, Independence had a touchdown and a two point conversion to end the third quarter. The Owls were not gonna let them taste victory, as Isaiah Williams had a 19 Yd Rushing touchdown and gabriel Herrera made a PACT that was good. Tre Lewis followed with a 25 yard pass completed to #22 Nicolas Murguia for a touchdown, and the Owls scoring streak ended with another good PAT.
The game ended with a touchdown from Independence, but that was not enough for them to take home a win. The Owls finished the game with a 31-14 win. The crowd went crazy for the team, as they have now won the big homecoming game. With a high stakes game at hand and many people watching, the Owls “kept fighting the whole game and didn’t give up,” Eriyon Ward said.
Homecoming was made more memorable thanks to the team and staff for pulling out a great win, head coach Martinez said “you bet our players played to a high level,” and “they kept their focus about winning the game. Homecoming has so much going on, I’m so proud of the team.”