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TIGERS COACH OPTIMISTIC ABOUT 2018 FOOTBALL SEASON

 

August 24, 2018

TIGERS after Practice.

Photos and Story by David Edward Albright, TALON

Entering his eighth season as head coach of the Aztec Tigers, Matthew Steinfeldt, is optimistic about the season ahead. TALON caught up with a very busy (6 classes/5 days a week) Social Studies teacher/coach on his lunch break Wednesday, August 22. Steinfeldt said, "I think the boys are working hard, doing a good job and we're excited to get that first game under our belt."

Last Thursday the Tigers scrimmaged Los Lunas, a much bigger school. "They have about 125 boys in the program, we have about 60---and we competed neck and neck for a good portion of the time. The controlled-situation scrimmage, with the ball placed in various field postions, pleased the coach. He saw good offensive productivity and valued the opportunity for game-type experience---to help put players in the right positon. "Zach Taylor, our quarterback, did a great job---he transferred over from playing receiver the last three years.

"We're probably right around the twenty-five mark," Steinfeldt said about the number of returning lettermen. They have only four returning starters on offense and five on defense, who tallied a 6-6 record last season. Being in a new classification, from 5A to 4A this year, with schools closer in enrollment size, Matthew is optimistic about improving on that record.

Steinfeldt said the Tigers will run a multiple offense. "We should be fairly balanced between run and pass," he said. In terms of speed, he said, "We're working on that---I think we have good speed." Their ten-game schedule begins Friday, August 24, in Gallup---to battle Miyamura High School. Go Tigers!

 

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