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Aztecs, Trojans in alumni football game
YERMO • Some former Aztec and Trojan players got together on the gridiron for some friendly competition, as an alumni football game was played at Silver Valley High School last Saturday night.
John “Tex” Williams served as coach of the Barstow team. As a youth football coach, Williams was reunited with quite a few players he’s coached over the years. When Saturday’s game was over, the Aztecs had a 20-0 win, but it wasn’t an easy victory, according to Tex.
“I thought we’d kill Silver Valley, but they were tough. It was no easy cakewalk, it was a battle,” the coach said. “They never quit, they played right up to the last minute. I’m proud of both teams.”
It was sometimes a challenge to coach in a game that was somewhat loosely-structured. Barstow did practice prior to the match, but due to other commitments, not everybody who played had been to practice.
“The most difficult part was getting people who didn’t practice into the game,” said coach Williams. “But it was fun coaching guys I coached 7, 8, 9 years ago.”
A key point in the game came in the third quarter. David Nava had a sack, and Devin Lowe recovered the ball and ran it back 20 yards for a touchdown.
“The Nava sack was a turning point; it was 14-0 in the third until then,” said Williams.
That was followed by another score, as Jeremy Petruncio recovered a fumble, and Joe Lealofi got the TD. Petruncio also scored on a two-point conversion.
Barstow’s Lowe was named the MVP of defense, and Chris Hancock was MVP of offense.
“It was cold and windy, but a fun, competitive game,” said Williams. “It was amazing to see the guys, some of whom haven’t played in years, give 100 percent. There were probably a lot of sore guys Sunday and Monday.”