By: Bella Tarzia
Moving on to the next chapter, the Agua Fria football team will have 27 players graduating in May of 2020. The seniors will say a sad goodbye to an amazing football experience.
Many of these athletes have played for the program for 4 years, dedicating each summer to training and devoting each and every day to playing the game. Spending each and every day on the field, the team has grown strong bonds with each other and the coaches.
Many players can agree with senior Anthony Crummet when he said that “this season was something different because my teammates made it something we will never forget.”
This season the team started off with a bang finally winning the Tolleson rivalry and getting the River Rock for the first time in years. The Owls didn’t stop there as the next week they came out even stronger against Camelback destroying them 53-0.
The team had many great games but also had a few harder ones to teams like Sunnyslope, Verrado, Millennium and Barry Goldwater. “Losing to these teams was definitely a wake-up call and made us realize that some things needed to be adjusted,” said senior running back Jalen Williams-Fuller.
In order to come back from these tough losses the team must “bounce back” and “not let it get to us too much,” said Crummet. “Bouncing back” is something the program never fails to do as coaches are always pushing them to be better and do the best they can.
The team played their last game on the home field on Friday, Oct. 18 for a tough rivalry game against Millennium High School. Next, the team played Independence defeating them 31-10. To end the season the team faced a tough game falling to Bary Goldwater.
“Being captain had its ups and downs this season, definitely a lot of challenges but is definitely an honor,” said captain and quarterback Tre Lewis. The Owls finished with a record of 6-4.
“It’s been a good ride and no matter what we have gone through I want them all to know that they are my brothers,” said Lewis as his final goodbye to the program. To the up and coming seniors, Lewis said, “you have to enjoy the moments you have.”
“2021 You guys will do great things next year. Show up and show out and goodluck,” said Fuller, wishing the program the best of luck.
“As a head coach, it’s more than just winning. I want to mold young men into outstanding people,” said Coach Martinez. Coaches develop strong relationships with players and always want the best for them on and off the field.
A special thank you to Coach Martinez and Coach Higuera from the whole team for helping them through an amazing season. “Coach H has helped a lot of mentoring and getting stronger in the weight room,” said Lewis who will miss the program next year.
Agua Fria football is expecting a very strong team next year. Although we will miss the current seniors we can’t wait for what’s yet to come in the 2020-2021 season.
We wish the seniors the best of luck as they face the new challenges of life after high school.