Michael Moreno

Braw­ley Union High School foot­ball

Imperial Valley Press - - FRONT PAGE - BY KA­RINA LOPEZ Sports Writer

BRAW­LEY — The Braw­ley Union High School foot­ball team is de­ter­mined to win the Im­pe­rial Val­ley League crown this year and inched to­ward that goal with a 53-6 vic­tory over Palo Verde Val­ley last week.

Help­ing the Wild­cats in the week six vic­tory was ju­nior run­ning back Michael Moreno.

The 16-year-old has helped the Wild­cats carry the ball all sea­son and against the Yel­low­jack­ets had 13 car­ries for 159 with two rush­ing scores from 24 and 10 yards out.

“It was our home­com­ing game and we wanted to make the state­ment that we want to take league this year,” Moreno said.

Moreno said he was look­ing for­ward to the run­ning back role since last sea­son, after it was va­cated by then-se­nior Austyn Gu­tier­rez, who was the 2016 IVL Of­fen­sive Player of the Year.

“It was big,” Moreno said. “Austyn did a lot of things for us, so I knew I had to step up this year for the team.”

Moreno leads the Wild­cats in rush­ing yards with more than 900 on the sea­son as well as 11 touch­downs.

Moreno also puts in work on de­fense for Braw­ley as an inside line­backer and so far has 33 to­tal tack­les.

“I like it,” said Moreno of going both ways. “Some­times it gets a lit­tle tir­ing, but I work through it be­cause the coaches trust me to do it.” My Fa­vorites Ath­lete Blake Ze­leny Pro team Los Angeles Dodgers Class Lan­guage Arts

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What do you en­joy most about your sport? I just love be­ing out there with my friends and hav­ing fun. I en­joy ev­ery­thing about it. What is one of your more mem­o­rable mo­ments in your sport? Last year, play­ing against South­west (High). Who in­spires you and why? My dad and my cousin, Blake Ze­leny, in­spire me. They’ve al­ways sup­ported me and pushed me to want to be bet­ter and are a big part of why I got (AOTW) to­day. What are your goals for the rest of this sea­son? My goal is to def­i­nitely win IVL and go be­yond that. Win a game in CIF and go for a ti­tle.


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