Football: Coach Gutierrez and Farmersville salvage season with 42-14 win

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By Patrick Dillon @pdillon_sgn

FARMERSVILLE – Since interim head coach Marco Gutierrez took over in week three, the mission was to salvage what was left of the Aztecs’ season. By getting a 42-14 win over the McFarland Cougars to finish off the season, they can say mission accomplished.

“I believe that we left our stamp on this school,” said Gutierrez. “We had the best week of practice leading up to this game, since we played Lindsay.”

The Aztec (3-7, 1-2) defense stepped up to shut down the Cardinals’ spread attack.

Early in this contest, it was once again Farmersville’s defense when senior Andrew Garcia intercepted the ball and returned it 62 yards to pay dirt. From then on, the game was all theirs according to Gutierrez.

“I believe that we had the better team, and so did our kids,” said Gutierrez.

Garcia also rushed the ball well in this game, going for 32 yards on 10 carries.

Although, it was Victor Castrejon at quarterback who once again led the Aztecs, this time not with his feet, but with his arm. For the first time this season, he hit the 300-yard mark, compared to just 47 yards on the ground.

“[Castrejon] is a great leader,” said Gutierrez. “Everyone knew he could do things with his feet, but to see him do it with his arm was something.”

Castrejon’s favorite target was Garcia, who hauled in just three catches but accounted for 131 yards.

The goal of this year’s team was not only to salvage the season but to make the game fun again, not just for the players, but for the fans as well. Now that the season, at least for the Aztecs has drawn to a close, Gutierrez feels confident that they did that.

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