Monument Valley Mustangs expect the most and best

Navajo Times | Krista Allen Bryan Begay (right), head football coach at Monument Valley High School, conducts a drill that test the players’ technique on Monday afternoon.

Navajo Times | Krista Allen
Bryan Begay (right), head football coach at Monument Valley High School, conducts a drill that test the players’ technique on Monday afternoon.

FORT DEFIANCE

Veteran Monument Valley head football coach Bryan Begay expects the Mustangs to go out every day and compete day-in and day-out.

The Arizona Interscholastic Association has realigned schools throughout the state into regions. Monument Valley was placed in Class 3A North, reuniting with Window Rock Fighting Scouts, Ganado Hornets, Chinle Wildcats and Tuba City Warriors. The Page Sand Devils is a new member of the 3A North Region after competing in the Class 4A Grand Canyon Region, prior to competing in division the past few years.

“We expect the most and the best,” Begay said. “We are going to compete with the best. Obviously some people are going to put us down and not have us very high, but we are the type of team that will continue pushing regardless of the situations.

He said from today all the way until the end of season, the same goals remain the same for all the teams in our area: be competitive.

“Win the next play, advance as far as we can, get a state playoff berth and win the region title,” Begay said. “The key to a successful season is to have a family atmosphere within the football program. Have a high bar of success. Have a plan to gain the edge and keep things in perspective. I believe that has been our main stay for a while now.”

Begay said efficiency on offense — when given the opportunities — the Mustangs need to take advantage of what the defense gives them.

“We need to invest some time in developing our skills and deliver the expected results in an efficient manner,” he said. “Last year we created a lot of opportunities in our offense. One cannot deny they did a good job of handling the adversity. We have a lot of good players with good individual qualities, but when they play together they have difficulties finding each other.”


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