Satanta High School Football Team Seeks to Defy Expectations
By Adrian Najera
After a disappointing loss to the Spearville Lancers at their season opener, the Satanta Indians prepared for their first home football game on September 7 against the South Gray Rebels. Satanta won this game by a very close score of 18-14. Junior Alan Olivas had three sacks and an impressive 19 tackles against South Gray. Olivas said, “We as a team played a great defensive game. My teammates did their job, and it made my job a lot easier. We still have work to do, but I was happy with my performance and the game’s outcome.”
Junior Houston Friend was equally impressive with 15 carries for 106 yards and two touchdown passes. Friend said, “Our offensive line did a great job of blocking and making wide open holes. The receivers did a great job of making plays in clutch moments.”
The Indians are coached by Mr. Justin Helton who assisted by Mr. Tommy Nichols and Mr. John Guerrero. Guerrero, a former long-time head football coach, works with the them by providing booth support. Along with Nichols, he works on the team’s offensive and defensive lines.
These coaches led the Indians to a later victory in Minneola on September 14 with a very impressive win 52 to 6. Senior Gabriel Salas had an impressive game with two interceptions and a total of five touchdowns. Senior Emilio Hernandez stepped it up and got two sacks and eight tackles to help the Indians hold Minneola to just three passing yards.
The Indians look forward to their second home game against the 5th ranked Otis-Bison Cougars on September 21. The Indians will be at home again on September 28 for a Homecoming match-up with the Chase Kats.