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Youth football teams fall in semis

Sixth graders finish YAFL career 37-2
The Durango third grade football team gets ready to start its semifinal game Saturday. (Courtesy Noah Lopez)

The Durango Youth Football League’s third and sixth grade teams put it all out on the field this weekend in their semifinal contests of the Four Corners Youth league. Unfortunately, a win wasn't in the cards.

The third grader competed against Farmington Wolfpack in the semis, but came up short 6-0. With the loss, the third grade team finishes the 2021 season 9-1. Head coach Rustin Bartel and his staff did an amazing job teaching this team the fundamentals of the game and to also be scholars, teammates and community members, according to a league representative.

The sixth grade team, meanwhile, took on the Farmington Bulldogs in the semis but lost 13-6. The team finishes its 2021 season 10-1. In four years playing in the YAFL, the team went 37-2. Head coach Noah Lopez attributed the team’s success to the dedication of the players and their love for tackling.

Durango's sixth grade football team huddles up before its semifinal contest Saturday. (Courtesy Erin Lopez)

Durango Youth Football also thanked its corporate sponsors, including Goff Engineering, Serious Texas BBQ, Academy Mortgage- Brad Cook Team, Durango Motor Co., Alpine Bank, Illete Fitness, Leavitt Group and Coca-Cola.

To become a corporate sponsor, contact the league at durangoyafl@gmail.com

Registration for the 2022 season will open in April.