Armstrong puts on show in senior all-star football game

June 05, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

In comparing the top running backs in the Imperial Valley during the 2000 season, much of the talk was about Brawley Union High's Kiddo Moreno and Calipatria's Raul Palazuelos.

Both put up impressive numbers and deserved the accolades they received.

One of the most overlooked running backs may have been Calexico High's Nathan Armstrong.

All three shared the field in Imperial on Friday night during the Imperial Valley Football Coaches Association's inaugural North/South senior all-star football game, with Moreno and Palazuelos as members of the North squad facing Armstrong's South team.

Armstrong led the South to a 20-0 victory finishing with 90 total yards (85 rushing) including a 57-yard rumble for a touchdown. He also started at cornerback and recorded two tackles and three assists.

"Everybody was up for that game and was just looking forward to playing in it," said the 18-year-old Armstrong. "It was our last high school game and we all pretty much just wanted to have fun. I really think that was the most fun we've all had in a game."


While Armstrong entered the game looking to have fun, he still knew business had to be addressed.

"I just said to myself before the game, ‘Just do your job and do what you have to do,' and I think I did that," said Armstrong. "We wanted to have fun but we were set on winning the game. When we won that game it wasn't just like a regular win, it was a better feeling than that."

By winning the way it did, Armstrong said the South accomplished goals it had set before the contest. Armstrong said he and his teammates had heard players from the North team talking about defeating the South.

Knowing what was being said, Armstrong and his teammates set out to not only get the win but to shut out the North. After seeing little time on defense during the regular season, Armstrong proved to be a key asset in the shutout.

"Before the game during practice our defense got together and decided what we wanted to do and we did it. Our goal was to shut them out and keep them getting as little yards as possible," said Armstrong. "We knew what they were talking about and our coaches told us we had no reason to talk or say anything in response.

"We just wanted to show them what we could do. We let them do the talking and we did the walking and we got the win."

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