MARFA, Texas (KMID/KPEJ) — A young team in a tough district and the Marfa Shorthorns are expected to finish last this season, but they’re ready to smash those expectations.
After finishing the 2021 season with a 3-7 record overall, the Shorthorns have a lot of doubts from the outside and they are well aware of that.
Head coach Arturo Alferez said he was not surprised by the doubt.
“You know, being young is again, it’s a challenge. They’ve had people tell them you’re probably not going to get a lot of wins this year,” shrugged. “But that’s what I tell them, use it as a drive every day. Take the opportunity to enter the weight room. Take the opportunity to come and feel. And, you know, don’t worry about the wins. Worry about going into competition every day and let them know that it doesn’t matter if you win or lose. But there is a football team here and this football team is here to stay.
For most players, this just adds fuel to the fire.
Center and linebacker Nathan Pena is the only senior on the team with a year and wants to use doubt to lead him this season to end on a high.
He said: “It definitely makes us drive and push a bit more than we can handle and will sometimes put it into overdrive. But the competition here is no joke.
Second-year running back Derick Campos added, “It pushes me more, I want to win. Just win. I think we just have to win, I want to win.
The only thing against the Shorthorns is their lack of seniority, so this season they will have to rely heavily on the youth who are always present.
“It’s a little tough because we’re looking for leaders and our seniors, and it’s tough when we only have one,” junior linebacker Dustin Martinez said.
But coach Alferez wants to make sure the player is in his young squad.
“Their drive, their drive, their energy keeps me going. We can always be, a little, you know, hurt because it’s a young team,” Alferez said. they deploy day by day, you know, it just motivates us more to give them more.”
And in a tough neighborhood with Buena Vista, Fort Davis and Van Horn, the competition is fierce and the young athletes have a long season ahead of them.
Pena stressed: “I wouldn’t say it’s going to be a very easy season, but we have some new signings we’re trying to work with.”
Now, focused on changing the narrative in their district and proving they belong in the competition, the Shorthorns are ready to start the season, and it starts with out-of-district play.
“The district is still a few weeks away. We still have out-of-district games that we can play where we can mature as a team and kind of specialize in improving our technique on positions,” Alferez concluded.
The Shorthorns begin their season with an out-of-district game at home on September 2 against the Sanderson Eagles.