By: JUANITA MALDONADO
(DONNA) — This past week definitely tested the strength of the Donna Redskins Football team; not only physically, but also emotionally and mentally.
On Monday one of their coaches, Jason Garcia, passed away in a tragic car accident. Mr. Garcia made such a big impact in the lives of those who played on the team and in return, the Redskins wanted to do something special to honor him.
The Donna Redskins took on the Brownsville Porter Cowboys and regardless of the outcome, the victory would mean just as much for both teams because of the fact that they knew Coach Garcia.
Donna High was able to honor their fallen coach in a big way as they picked up their first district win of the season thanks to a convincing 42-12 win over Porter at Bennie LaPrade Stadium on Friday night.
It didn’t take long for the Redskins to put themselves up on the scoreboard and by halftime, the Redskins found themselves well in the drivers’ seat as they went into the half with a commanding 21-0 lead.
The Skins continued to dominate on both sides of the ball in the second half as they outscored the Cowboys 21-12 while moving their district record to 1-3.
The victory for the Redskins wasn’t just to honor their coach, but it was also significant because it was their first district win of the season which was something that head football coach Ramiro Leal said was well deserved.
“I’m really happy for these guys because it’s taken a long time to get this victory,” said Leal. We’ve gone through some ups and downs, especially because it’s been such an emotional week.”
“But the kids came together as a team and I am so proud of their effort tonight.”