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Goddard’s Diego Miranda heads to NMMI

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Diego Miranda and family during his signing day Wednesday. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

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During pre-season practice, Goddard’s running backs kept getting injured. With no one else to turn to, Goddard’s Diego Miranda answered the call when head coach Chris White explained it would be in the team’s best interest if he moved to running back, due to injury. Miranda never gave it a second thought as he told coach White OK. Miranda had no problem adjusting to running back, but it took some getting used to all the hitting that went with that position.

“It was a bit different,” Miranda said of being moved to running back. “It is a lot more running and taking a lot more hits as a running back. Nevertheless, my team needed me to play running back, so you just have to step up and do your part.”

All Miranda did was become the team’s home-run hitter coach White was looking for. Miranda was able to take a simple toss sweep and allow his veteran offensive linemen to put a hat on a hat and the next thing Goddard’s fans knew, Miranda was in the end zone celebrating with his teammates as he had taken the ball 85-yards for a touchdown against Alamogordo.

Miranda made First Team All-State Punt Returner and Second Team All-State running back after being switched over from wide receiver this season. Miranda has catapulted his outstanding senior season into a scholarship to New Mexico Military Institute as a receiver. Miranda ran for over 1,600 yards, 15 touchdowns.

“I think he will do well,” Goddard coach Chris White said. “He has good receiving skills — a ton of talent.”

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Miranda is one of the fastest players in 5A, where he runs a legitimate 4.5 40-yard dash. He is now getting ready for track season for Goddard. Miranda will do the long jump and triple jump.

We’re just fired up that these guys are coming,” NMMI coach Joe Forchtner. “Any time that we can get a local guy who’s a good player, that’s awesome. We’re always excited to sign local talent.”

He wants to continue his career at the Division I level when his NMMI career is complete. NMMI runs the spread offense, which suits his skill set perfectly. Being able to stay close to his family and have them come watch him play was another factor to attend NMMI. Not to mention that he will be joining Goddard teammate Tyler Hoover there.

“I always wanted to be in the military,” Miranda said. “I would like to go into the Marine Corps as an officer. Wide receiver is where I want to be, it is what I have grown up doing.”

One of his favorite runs during the season was when Goddard called 36-toss, and he took a pitch on the right side of their line of scrimmage and made a couple of tacklers miss, and Miranda ended up going 90-yards for a touchdown.

“My parents have been so supportive of me,” Miranda said. “My dad’s the one that got me into football. My freshman coach, coach Heider, is the one who taught me how to catch a football. The coaches here at Goddard taught me how to be a man to grow up and not to back down from challenges but to embrace them. Coach wanted to prepare us for the real world.”

Playing football for Goddard has made Miranda feel more disciplined and confident in himself, that if he wants to do something in life, he knows it is up to him to go after it. The one thing playing football for Goddard has taught him is nothing is going to be given to him in life.

“I think Diego was one of the best players in the state,” coach Forchtner said. “We signed him as a receiver. In his junior year, he played a lot of receiver; this year, he played a lot of running back. He’s a guy that, when he touches the ball, the opposing coach and team go, “Ooooooohhh!” because he can go to the house on any given play.”