The Eastwood football team began the season with a series of bangs, and will go into the district schedule with a 3-0 record.
The Troopers started the season with a win over Riverside in a landslide 36-14, marking their end of a losing streak from the previous years. Eastwood also faced Horizon with a win of 42-35 and against Gadsdsen ending with a score of 36-14
Varsity players felt that they were making the team as good as they had been a long time ago.
“Varsity hasn’t had a 3-0 start in more than a decade,” junior Richard Rodriguez said. “It feels like we’re going to be a powerhouse like back in the day.”
“It feels real good, it gives the guys some confidence going into the rest of the season,” Barrios said. “The confidence thing is huge.”
There are high hopes in the eyes of junior Julian Jimenez as he goes further into the season with his team.
“If we really come together as a team we could achieve excellence,” Jimenez said, “and hopefully come out 10-0.”
With this hope in mind, the team will continue to practice harder every day to continue to “strive for excellence,” as Rodriguez put it. With the move back 8 football class, the team has been given more opportunities to practice and to improve strength and stamina.
This week the Troopers will face the El Dorado Aztecs at the Socorro Student Activities Complex. “El Dorado is one of the fastest teams in the city, and it’s going to be hard to contain them,” said Barrios. “But I have faith in our kids and we’ll do our very best to extend our winning streak.” It should be a tough game, but the Troop may just be up to the task.