Ozaeta, El Dorado Inspire in Playoff Run

High School Football

POSTED: Monday, November 15, 2010 - 7:43pm

UPDATED: Monday, November 15, 2010 - 10:01pm

El Dorado won its first ever playoff game last weekend, 36-30 over Lubbock Monterey, and now the Aztecs for to move deeper in postseason. El Dorado boasts 40 seniors on the team, none more inspiring than Senior Defensive Back Joe Ozaeta. The Senior had 3 interceptions in the 4th quarter of the playoff victory, the first in school history, and dedicated the effort to his family. Joe lost his father, his biggest supporter, on the very first day of school this season. It's been an emotional ride filled with ups and downs, and Joe is hoping his father is watching him smiling.

"You know, my dad was a big part of this, he was at practice with me everyday. I miss him very much, I know he's watching me and giving me the strength to do all what I need to do. He always said to act like him, if anything happens, then pick up the team and keep a smile on your face." Senior Receiver Andrew Curtis added of the Aztecs' playoff run, "Like you said, there are 40 seniors on this team, that means we have been bonded together for four years, so it really means a lot to this team to win a bi-district championship."

1:00pm MT Saturday, El Dorado will face Midland High at Midland's Grande Communications Stadium.

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