BRAWLEY – The Brawley Wildcats 2013 football season officially came to a close at the team Awards Banquet held at the American Legion Tuesday evening.
All three levels (Varsity-JV-Freshman)ended the season with a combined record of 28 wins and 3 losses.
The success of the Varsity team, with an 8-3 record, was accomplished by Coach Jon Self and his assistant coaches with their ability to have the right players in the right positions at the right time. It was a huge task as 17 players were lost due to graduation last year.
Coach Self told parents that his players deserved all the credit due to their unselfishness to play positions for the sake of team “W”. After losing many key players from last year, the Wildcat coaching staff created a team of speed.
They lacked physical size but doubled that with heart and determination, thus enabling them to be in every game, including the last game of the season.
Before the awards were announced, Coach Self thanked the following: Dr. Suarez as the Team Doctor, David Alcantar for field maintenance and preparation for home games, and Frances Martinez who not only for organizing the banquet but stepping up when Team Mom Ana Kortsen was unable to due to an illness.
The first award was stated as being the most important of all the awards. Achieving the Academic Award by maintaining an incredible 4.42 GPA was Remington Campbell.
Mr. Campbell would not be in his seat for too long as he was presented with the first ever, “THE DESERT REVIEW” Player of the Year Award as a standout player on the field.
Later in the evening, he received his third award: The Bob Farrell Award.
Remington played many positions during the season that included: Outside Linebacker, Tackle, Tight End, Kicker (Kickoffs and extra points). He played the game exactly how one envisioned a player under Coach Farrell would have played, thus Coach Self and his staff were on point with their Bob Farrell Award choice.
It seemed like he played every play of every game and the only thing that would have stopped him this season was Kryptonite. In the stands, a fan had shown concern on the whereabouts of “#51” because he wasn’t on the field. When I told him he was using #44 so he could play on offense as the Tight End, the fan let out a sigh of relief.
The Sportsmanship Award was given to Bryce Alexander. Bryce had the second best yards per carry and was always a threat to break for long runs. On defense he had two interceptions, many solo tackles and played special teams as a return man.
Given the Edward Soto Inspirational Award was Austin Hale. Austin was inspiring for all who watched him play a position on the defensive line. Undersized compared to most defensive lineman, Austin excelled in speed and heart. He accounted for 2 QB sacks, 1 safety and numerous solo and assisted tackles.
For Outstanding Lineman of the year, The Pit Award was given to Dimetrius Lobstein and Landon Currier.
After many seasons of being injured and not being able to play, Dimetrius was finally able to show case his talent. Talent enough to have college scouts inquiring about him about playing in the next level.
I consider Landon Currier the bravest Wildcat of the team. As center, not only is he the first to touch the ball, he has to be disciplined enough to get the exchange to the QB on the correct snap count and do it with the biggest and most physical player on the opposing team pounding him play after play. Landon mastered it and was significant in the success of the season.
Nico Aguirre was chosen for the Heisman West Award. Nico was fifty yards shy of a 1000 yards rushing season. He had three games over 100 yards and one where he was two yards short of the century mark. Of those games, one was for an incredible 217 yards on 20 carries. He had nine touchdowns, one of which was an interception return on defense. As a junior, anticipation for what he will do next season has already begun.
The final award was for MVP.
Not limited to giving the award to one player, it was admirable to give to three players: Issak Comparan, Donavin Buck and Isaiah Quiroz.
While giving the award to any one of these players would not have stirred controversy in any way shape or form, I commend the coaching staff for choosing all three. MVP Issak Comparan was given a different role this season. As a fullback he would be pounding the ball for over 800 yards then pound opposing offenses with his tenacious defense in the secondary as defensive back. He played three seasons on Varsity along with the other two MVP choices.
MVP Isaiah Quiroz changed roles last year from fullback to offensive guard. This season he took on the leadership role among the linemen. This is often a position not seen or heard from in the media, but it is the most important for the success of any team. In the trenches Quiroz simply excelled. As linebacker his value mimicked his importance on defense as on offense.
MVP Donavin Buck was dominant in all aspects of the game. On defense he lead the team in defensive points, had three sacks, many batted passes, forced and/or recovered fumbles but most obvious was his intense play on the football field. Even with all the defense stats, he was able to make an impact on offense as well. Although, not known as a passing team, Donavin led the team in yards receiving on 20 catches with 4 Touchdowns. If all works out well he should be in a San Diego State Aztec uniform next year playing at the next level.
In “Wrapping Up” the 2013 season, there were many players who contributed throughout the year. Some will be returning while others it was the last time suiting up in the Brawley Blue and Gold.
Senior Jordan Brewer put up some good stats on defense as a defensive back.
Andrew Ortiz should be at the top of his game next year as a player and leader. Ross Rubio, returning quarterback, will have one more shot at getting the Wildcats another IVL Title. He already has one under his belt and a second title would be icing on the cake. Jacob Ordonez will be a beast on defense next year. He is only a sophomore and had a good season in 2013. Two more seasons can only be a positive outlook for his future.
Steven Baeza quietly put up some good numbers on defense as well. Isaiah Martinez is another sophomore who is learning the system and should be an asset on the team with one year of varsity under his belt. He will be following the path of Junior Tony Ramos who was an offensive lineman on varsity as a sophomore last year.
I was looking forward to see how Misael Soto’s speed would help the team. He had a leg injury early in the season that unfortunately prevented him from showcasing his talent.
The 2013 season was somewhat of a roller coaster ride with three losses but all games were competitive and winnable.
This was a team that lost many seniors from last season. Coach Self and his staff played their chess pieces impeccably well to obtain 8 checkmates out of the eleven games played.
This season was a big challenge and the offensive line had the most to tackle.
The staff had the team prepared week in and week out as they have every year, and they maintained the Brawley Wildcat tradition we, as fans, have enjoyed, not for years but for decades.
Fittingly, the Homecoming theme this year was “The Roaring 20’s”. Most people would interpret that to the era before the Great Depression. As a proud member of the community for almost 50 years, it represented a Wildcat program that has been Roaring since the 1920’s. It is a program of dedication, pride and commitment that has to be one of the greatest, not only of Imperial Valley but throughout the State and further.
Once again, to all the coaches and volunteers “Thank You” for all your hard work.