Football: Aztecs lose 43-0 to Granite Hills, FHS and Coach Crews part ways
By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN
PORTERVILLE –So far this season the Farmersville Aztecs (0-2) have shown little to no form of the team that won the East Sierra League title in 2016. The Aztecs have been outscored 85-6 with their most recent loss coming against the Granite Hills Grizzlies (1-0) last Friday night 43-0.
“This was terribly disappointing,” said Farmersville head coach Mike Crews. “We played well for about a quarter and a half before we got worn down.”
The Aztecs’ deflation is primarily due to their lack of players, with just 19 suiting up against the Grizzlies. That forced the Aztecs to play the majority of their players both ways.
In contrast, according to Coach Crews, the Grizzlies may have had only one player going both ways as their numbers went up to 35 to 40 players.
“When we run out of gas, it is tough for your brain to keep thinking,” said Crews.
With such overwhelming numbers, the Grizzlies’ rushing attack rumbled for 309 yards. The Grizzlies’ leading rusher was Jasper Berumen, who ran for 156 yards on 17 carries and scored four of Granite Hills’ six touchdowns.
In the days following the loss on Monday, Sept. 4, Farmersville High School athletic director Dan Swagerty and school principal Lisa Whitworth met with Coach Crews. In that meeting there was a mutual decision among the parties that Farmersville High School will part ways with Crews.
“We needed a change in direction,” said Swagerty.
Taking over the program is interim head coach Mark Gutierrez. A Farmersville High School graduate, Gutierrez has served as an assistant coach on two separate varsity staffs and has a great connection with the community.
The administration is hoping that the connection with community will rejuvenate and bring excitement back to Aztec football.
With the decision to change head coaches on Monday, Gutierrez was given just four days to get ready for a road game against the Woodlake Tigers. Woodlake is coming off a 35-7 loss to the Exeter Monarchs in their annual “Valencia Cup” rivalry game.
Interim coach Gutierrez will be getting back some players from injury for his first game. Most notably will be the return of Jesus Romo at quarterback. Romo left the week one game against the Strathmore Spartans with a dislocated finger.
In their recent games, the Aztecs and Tigers had trouble hanging on to the ball as both teams fumbled multiple times. But it remains to be seen whether or not Gutierrez can spark his team to victory.