Young Cougars make great strides toward goals

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The Alamo Navajo Cougars scored 12 touchdowns for 82 points for their football season this year. While that doesn’t seem like a milestone to many, for this young, budding team that scored a total of zero points last season, this is a great stride toward future success.

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: The Alamo Navajo football team poses before their Sept. 21 game against Tse’ Yi’ Gai. It was Tse’ Yi’ Gai’s first football game, which turned into a scrimmage when the Tse’ Yi’ Gai Warriors were delayed by almost two hours in arriving. Alamo Navajo won the scrimmage, but lost all of their regular season games.

“I am happy with the kids’ performance this year,” said coach Kent Tomah. “We scored, not just against teams like Tse’ Yi’ Gai but against Mountainair; we scored twice on them.”

Tomah comes to Alamo Navajo from Arizona, where he coached 11-man football.

“This is my first experience coaching eight-man,” Tomah said. “I enjoy it very much.”

Tomah said that the boys weren’t used to the work ethic to which he is accustomed in coaching, but that they are learning. The boys will begin weight training and speed conditioning the Monday following Thanksgiving, in training for next season. The coach is also encouraging the boys to compete in other sports to stay active and develop their skills.

“We have a good group coming back next year,” Tomah said. “We only lost one senior. Our goal next season is to have some wins.”