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February 11, 2014 > Mission Warriors gain respect on gridiron

Mission Warriors gain respect on gridiron

Submitted By Mike Heightchew

January 5, 2014 was a proud moment at Mission San Jose High School (MSJHS) as two students of the football program were honored. Zavier Cabral-Artero, an outstanding defensive player and kicker made 40 solo and 76 total tackles and Running Back Ben Torrez and standout defensive player with 39 solo tackles (both with high GPAs), received football and academic scholarships from Presentation College in Aderdeen, SD. Zavier will be the first member of his family to go to college.

In a ceremony before a supportive crowd of parents and students, MSJHS Head Coach Samual Baugh told the crowd that not only is the school very proud of what these young men have accomplished on the gridiron, but their success academically as well. The coaching staff at MSJHS sees this as a great step toward building a powerful football program and gaining respect on the field; it will help change attitudes toward success in the classroom and on the football field. This recognition of MSJHS scholar athletes is a sign that the Warrior football program is working providing more opportunities for young athletes.

Coach Samuel Baugh said, ÒYes, we are here to build a football program, but a big part of what we do is change the lives of players.Ó The world of high school sports is changing; no longer are college scouts just showing up at games with a pad and paper; they use a variety of tools including the Internet. Players can be judged in a variety of ways including use of records and video highlights. Even if offers are made from lesser known schools, it could be a perfect match for a young athlete. That is what happened in this case and the MSJHS football staff is proud of their program; the results speak for themselves.

Zavier Cabral-Artero
First Team MVAL: All-League DefenseÊLinemenÊ
Leads NCS in Nose Guard position with 76 tackles
Fourth in CIF: tackles at Nose Guard position
Outstanding kicker

BenÊTorrez
Second Team MVAL: Linebacker AND Strong Safety 55 tackles
17th in NCS: Tackles as Strong SafetyÊ
MVAL All-League Running Back: 475 yards andÊa 5-yard per carry average (longest carry of the year against James Logan High School Ð 85 yards)


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