Aztec football wins first game, again

The Aztecs’ Sept. 2 win against Sierra was overturned due a violation of CIF regulations; go on to win next game last Thursday against Tranquillity

FARMERSVILLE – It took nearly 1,400 days for Farmersville to win a football game and only five days to have it taken away. Farmersville’s Sept. 2 win against Sierra was overturned on Sept. 7 due to a violation of the California Interscholastic Federation’s (CIF) constitution and bylaws. On Thursday, Sept. 9, the Aztecs defeated Tranquillity 14-0 to officially win their first game since Nov. 3, 2017, snapping a 24-game losing streak.

According to central section commissioner Ryan Tos, the team violated bylaw 205 which refers to rules regarding scholastic eligibility for student athletes. Farmersville defeated Sierra 39-20 for their first win since 2017, but an ineligible player participated in the game. Tos says he was impressed with how the school handled the situation.

“It’s an unfortunate situation but Farmersville handled this as well as they possibly could have. They self-reported the violation when they could have easily ignored it and no one would have known,” Tos said.

According to Farmersville athletic director Richard Dybas, the violation wasn’t caught until after the game due to a clerical error, and they self-reported to the CIF to maintain the integrity of the program. He spoke to the players along with head coach Sean Knox, reminding them that they have several more opportunities to get their first win this season and it didn’t take long for that to happen.

The Aztec defense showed up and showed out a few days later in their win against the Tranquillity Tigers. Not only did they shut out the Tigers, the defense scored the game’s only points. Toward the end of the first half, Farmersville’s star player Anthony Salinas intercepted a pass and turned into instant offense for his team with a return of over 70 yards to the house.

Midway through the fourth quarter as the Tigers were driving down the field in hopes of tying the score, senior Jimmy Barnett sealed the deal with another pick six, this one of over 60 yards. Barnett has emerged as a major asset in the defensive backfield as it is his second pick six in as many weeks.

According to Knox, the win was a great exclamation point to follow up their last game.

“Ball doesn’t lie,” he said. “There’s a lesson in life here to learn, you either react or respond. When you respond, things are more likely to get better and they had a great response.”

They’ll look to carry their momentum into their next game against an undefeated Strathmore team.

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