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By Jessica Selph


TIGERS / St. Pius X at Aztec


October 5, 2018

#21 Garrett Ortega takes off with the ball.

By Jessica Selph, TALON

Last Friday brought in another Tiger win facing St. Pius X on our home field. The game was describes as a "nail biter right down till the end" by coach Stielfeldt and man was he accurate in that. Tigers were ahead by four with St. Pius at 4th and goal with only 4 seconds remaining in the 4th Quarter. Coach calls a time out which has Tiger fans in an uproar. Defense must hold their line. If St. Pius scores here the game is over and we lose. As the boys line up, everyone is on their feet, the sidelines are crowded aside the endzone, players yelling encouragement for their boys to hold that line. As the whistle blows and helmets crunch Tiger fans hold their breath praying that St. Pius does not make it into the endzone. Defense holds the line, the clock runs out and the crowd goes wild, a much deserved win for the boys. Tigers are now 3-3, bringing us back up to a 500 score for what Stielfeldt calls a "ridiculously long pre-season".

In a Monday night interview (that you can catch on Facebook live) coach Stienfeldt had a chance to explain where we're at this season and how much the boys have improved since day one. He states that "We've had to identify a lot of things about ourselves, because of injuries and also because of youth, we've had to roll through a lot of different combinations." He goes on to describe the improvement of the offensive game..."the offensive line, unlike a lot of other positions, is like a different eco-system. Those five guys have to be in there with one another, they have to be able to communicate, they have to work as one and until you get that, you're gonna see ups and downs you know, and we're not there yet, we've got some things to work on. The boys know that, but what you're starting to see is that unit working together as one." The difference is clear. The boys seem to have a great mental space and it certainly shows on the field. The teamwork is dynamic while certain players are able to stand out on their own. We saw explosive plays from Garret Ortega icluding a 95 yard touchdown which has landed him the number three spot in the state for receptions. Chad Watkins is number one in the state for tackles and Zach Taylor is also number one in the state for Quarter Back. I say congratulations to the Tigers and keep up the good work boys! Up next is Santa Fe on their home field, then a bye week, and then district play begins.


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