From having a 0-10 season in 2015, to playing in the semifinals in 2016, the Calexico High School football team knows it took a big step from last year’s failures.
The 0-10 junior class, now seniors, knew this year it had to make changes from last year. Last year, the offense was just scoring about 140 points in the season and it averaged 14.0 points per game. The defense was held, allowing 411 points and averaging 41.1 points per game against. The Bulldogs made a big turnaround when they needed to. The offense made an improvement starting from a low scoring average, to doubling it this year.
The Bulldogs went to the CIF playoffs and played an IVL opponent, winning their first CIF game since 1984. Senior lineman Daniel Arrellano said, “This year’s motivation was to be better ourselves and improve.” He also said, “The way coaching and how we practice changed and made us better.” Junior running back and linebacker Ernesto Covarubias was also impressed with this new team and the upcoming year. He said, “I think that we can take it and battle for IVL title.” He also said, “We need to start now and continue to work and get everybody to go hard in the weight oom at 110 percent.”
The Bulldogs ended with a 6-6 overall record, a big jump from last year. Looking to the next year, the Bulldogs believe they can take it next year, especially with good players in the skills position.
One low point is the linemen, who are undersized. But the team thinks that with good dedication and passion for the game and the team, there will be no weak point.
Next year, they will finish what this year started.