Most football coaches always stress the importance of defense and special teams to their players.
When their coaches are saying things such as, "Defense wins games," and "Special teams win championships," many players listen, nod their heads and try to perform well in both facets of the game.
On Friday, Calipatria High School's Zeke Navarro was the epitome of special teams and defensive focus as he finished with two interceptions and an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Calipatria's 22-8 victory over Holtville.
"I felt pretty good with how I played. Going into that game I really didn't expect to do that well," said the 17-year-old junior. "I was pretty hyped up for that game. It was a really big game for us, but I just went out there and played."
Navarro didn't just play, he excelled. Both his interceptions came when Holtville had driven into Hornet territory. He also got off two punts that averaged about 35 yards.