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La Veta football season comes to an end

by Dreama Ortivez

LA VETA- The 2010 La Veta football team′s quest for a state championship arrived at a major roadblock in the form of the Merino Rams.  The Rams ended the Redskin quest with a 61 to 6 victory.          The Redskins showed great promise as they drove 80 yards on 4 plays in the first offensive possession of the game.  The drive was capped with a 2-yard run by Jared Ray for the touchdown.  This momentarily quieted the Merino faithful.  Merino matched the Redskins as they put together a nice opening drive of their own for a Rams’ touchdown.  The rest of the game was dictated by five first half turnovers by the Redskins which translated to an additional 40 points for the Rams.

    In the second half of play, the Redskins showed great character by  allowing the Rams only 15 points.  When the Redskin staff made some personnel changes, the Skins were able to move the ball on the Rams.   On five different occasions, the Redskins were inside the Rams’ 20-yard line but were unable to convert any points.  An Adam Ortivez pass to Jon Brunelli was stripped in the end zone and a field goal opportunity was missed. These two examples indicate how the day went for the Redskins.  The Redskins ended their season with a record of 7-3.

    In a post-game interview with Coach Ortivez he stated, “We turned the ball over too many times which was uncharacteristic of our team.  When you turn the ball over that much and give up 40 points off of those turnovers, it is pretty hard to overcome.  Not to take anything from a very athletic Merino team, but we had opportunities and did not capitalize.  I am very proud of the team and especially proud of the young men that stepped up when we made the changes.   Regardless of the score, our kids showed pride and character and never quit playing.  The young men this year have created a great foundation on which we can build upon for the future.”

    “The amount of support that we had at the game and the whole season was incredible.  We feel fortunate and thankful that our community showed such great pride as they rooted us on,” stated Coach Ortivez. 

    Congratulation to the 2010 Redskin football team for such a great season.  The fans look forward to seeing what the Redskins have in store next season.