With the talent on the Pueblo East Eagles roster, the team isn’t looking to settle for second this season.
“All year long, win or loss, we never felt satisfied because I think we envisioned ourselves in this position,” Eagles Head Coach Andy Watts said about Saturday’s 3A championship against Palmer Ridge.
The Eagles defeated the Bears in Week 3 of the regular season. Now, the two teams play for a championship at the Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl on CSU-Pueblo’s campus.
“Right now, we’re doing this for us, but we’re doing this for the town of Pueblo also,” senior wide out and UCLA commit Kain Medrano said.
“I think our fan base is going to be loud and electric here,” senior quarterback Luc Andrada said. “It definitely means something to us and it’s awesome to have it in our backyard.”
The Eagles are going for the school’s fourth title in the last five years, and the fifth straight football title for the city of Pueblo.
“We’re seniors now,” Andrada said. “This is our last shot at it. Now I have my guys to play for. They’re going to play for me, they’re going to lay it out on the line, and I’m going to do the same for them, so it definitely means a lot more to me this time.”
“We want to win,” Medrano said. “This is our last ride as seniors, last ride for us, so this is a big deal for us.”
Medrano has been a matchup nightmare to opposing defenses all season long, and Andrada said he has all the confidence in his wide receiver.
“I can always throw it up and rely on Kain,” he said. “It’s one of those things I’ve been doing for a while now. Building that chemistry up for a while now, and I know he’ll go up and make a play and he won’t let a DB make a play on it, so it’s just one of those things where I trust him to come down with the ball and he trusts me to put it where it needs to be.”
“Just do your job and trust in your brother and everyone on the field that they’re going to do their job and we’re going to get this done,” Medrano said.
On Saturday, Medrano and Andrada will suit up in a Pueblo East uniform one last time together in search of something they and their team have worked for all year long.
“It’s going to be a big thing for Pueblo,” Medrano said. “It’s going to be a big thing for East High School.”
Kickoff is at 1 p.m. on Saturday from the Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl.