Steers score historic win
There’s only one way to describe the Magdalena football team’s victory Friday night.
The Steers got their first-ever 11-man win, scraping past Ramah 28-22 in overtime.
Propelled by quarterback Dylan Julian’s two touchdown passes, a pair of Jonathan Britton rushing touchdowns and two interceptions by John Rhodes, the Steers overcame an early 14-0 deficit to pull out the improbable.
Head coach Jory Mirabal said his players were elated to get that first win under their belts. Earlier in the week, Mirabal wasn’t buying the Steers’ first win as a historic event, but he softened his stance after watching the way his players celebrated.
“If you had seen the kids dance around that field, that theory’s out,” he said. “I usually want them to act like they’ve been there, but the truth is we hadn’t been there before.”
The Steers went winless all last season, often times getting pummeled so bad that the referees were forced to enact the NMAA’s mercy rule. Such was the case against Ramah last year, as the Mustangs rolled to a 54-0 lead by halftime. Not this time.
“It feels good to see those boys get a win,” Mirabal said. “To see them struggle and overcome, it’s pretty exciting.”