Young guns

Red Mesa football team goes deep into their bench in win

Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi | Navajo Times A Red Mesa High School football player carries the ball past two Rough Rock High School defenders during a game on Sept. 17. Red Mesa defeated Rough Rock, 64-0.

Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi | Navajo Times
A Red Mesa High School football player carries the ball past two Rough Rock High School defenders during a game on Sept. 17. Red Mesa defeated Rough Rock, 64-0.

TEEC NOS POS, Ariz.

Should the varsity squad take some big hits this season, the Red Mesa High School football team can rest easy knowing the young players have their backs.

In a section home game with Rough Rock High School (0-4) on Sept. 17, Red Mesa (3-1) played their varsity team for one quarter before letting their junior varsity squad take over for the 64-0 victory over the Sun Devils.

Red Mesa head coach Pita Olomua said the three quarters played by the JV team demonstrated the team’s strength when it comes to their young players.

“It’s promising for our JV,” he said. “I let the JV guys suit up and get that experience for the long haul, in the future – it’s a positive.”

Red Mesa made two touchdowns four minutes into the first quarter to lead 14-0 with 7:51 left on the clock. By the end of the first they led, 36-0.

The junior varsity squad completed two more touchdowns and one two-point conversion to lead 50-0 at halftime.

Olomua said he was not surprised with how smooth his offense performed and was more concerned with the defense as it has been the focus area for improvement.



“We have a young team. All my lineman is brand new lineman,” he said. “It’s a rebuilding year for lineman but we have the running backs.”

At times, Red Mesa’s defense had trouble stopping the ball when it was in Rough Rock’s possession.

Rough Rock first-year head coach Roger Andreason said most of his team is very new to the sport and they are still learning all the elements of the game, so he was happy with any improvement on the field.

“I’m working with a lot of freshmen and sophomores,” he said. “I’m learning from them as I’m coaching them to do the best that they can to show the best of their ability, to play the game of football.”

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Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi

Sunnie Clahchischiligi has been the sports writer for the Navajo Times since 2008. She has a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the University of New Mexico. Before joining the Times, she worked at the St. Cloud Times (Minn.), the Albuquerque Journal, the Santa Fe New Mexican, Sports Illustrated Magazine in New York City and the Salt Lake Tribune. She can be reached at sunnie@navajotimes.com.