Hayden starts season with win

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Hayden’s Jorge Rodriguez (33) evades a Mogollon defender.

  The Hayden football team finally opened its season last Friday, defeating visiting Mogollon, 38 – 20. The Lobos were the last of the Copper Area teams to play their first game.

  “The team played well,” Hayden head coach John Estrada told Copper Basin News. “We made some mistakes early in the game that hurt us but finished strong. We have plenty of room for improvement.”

  Senior Jorge Rodriguez rushed for a team-high 133 yards and a touchdown in the win. Junior quarterback AJ Castillo three for 160 yards and a pair of touchdown passes, one each to Adrian Estrada, a junior, and senior Vincente Aguirre, who also scored on a 75-yard pick-six. Senior Gibby Carmelo rushed for an 11-yard touchdown and converted three two-point conversions.
Estrada was impressed with the performance of his defensive line, an area of concern entering the game because of Mogollon’s offense.

  “Mogollon runs an unbalanced line; they pull their guards, run traps, and counters,” he said. “Our defensive line really stepped it up, dominated their line and won the battle in the trenches. As a whole, our defense was very physical and hit like Hayden Lobos do.”  

  Up next:   At Baboquivari on Friday, Sept. 13. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Andy Luberda (1123 Posts)

Andrew Luberda began writing for Copper Area News Publishers (CANP) in February 2013 after working 15 years in Healthcare Financial Management. Andy covers sports for 11 high schools. His stories are published in Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner and Superior Sun, in addition to the San Tan Valley Daily PRSS and CopperArea websites. Additionally, he has written human interest stories and business profiles. In May 2012, he earned an AAS in Sports Management at Central Arizona College before graduating with a BS in Communication from Arizona State University in 2014. He and his wife, Kelli, have three sons – AJ, Kyle, and Kade.


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