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Dominic Nava dominates in big games

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AJ Roe Photo Roswell’s Dominic Nava lays out for one of his three interceptions in last year’s championship game against Los Lunas.

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Dominic Nava became a household name in 5A football last year when he turned up his play in the championship game.

Nava has played his best football when the stakes are the highest. He has turned into a cold-blooded baller on the biggest stage: The championship game.

Nava’s performance last year as a defensive back helped set the tone in the championship game, and put the game out of reach for the Coyotes. All he did was intercept Los Lunas’ quarterback Cade Benavidez three times and ended up scoring a pick-six to finish off Los Lunas, 42-6, as the Coyotes won their first Blue Trophy in over 20 years.

With the graduation of steady quarterback Ethan Valenzuela, many questioned who would run the Coyotes’ offense. Roswell coach Jeff Lynn said after the championship game that Nava would be just fine.

“Nava is just a player,” Lynn said after the championship last year. “He’s not great at anything, he’s just good at everything. I can’t say enough about him.”

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That success has not only carried over to the basketball court, but he has continued to put his stamp on the Coyotes’ football team and their offense, where he is dominating. He has added an extra dimension to the dynamite offense.

Defenses have had troubling defending Nava. He can turn the ball up and take it to the house on a speed option, he can get the ball out and deep with his whip-like throwing motion — and if needed, Nava can also go and play free safety and pick off passes.

Nava is finishing up his senior year of football. This is his fourth year playing football for the Coyotes, but he has been playing the sport his entire life.

“I’ve always played so I’m just used to it and kept wanting to come back,” says Nava. Football is something his dad had always taught him to do and he likes to play for his family.

After he graduates high school he hopes to continue playing football at college. If he could tell his younger self anything, it would be to work harder.

His favorite memory from this year’s football season is the Coyotes’ record of being undefeated. “Winning is the best part about competing,” says Nava, and it inspires him to keep striving to be the best player he can.

His goal for the season is to win state, and he says that with focus and determination he believes his team can reach that goal. “I want my team to remember that we put it all on the field (this Saturday),” Nava said, “and come out with a championship. I try to keep my teammates focused and try to pick them up and get them hyped up.”

Nava is proud of how far along the team has come this year and how close they’ve gotten to one another. The leadership of Nava is evident in the way he carries himself, and his maturity. His years of practice have prepared him to stay calm and help lead his team to a championship this Saturday.

The last time the Coyotes won back-to-back state championships was in 1987-88. Starting this summer at the beginning of July, the Coyotes have put in the time and effort to return back to the state finals.

Roswell is one win away from Nava proving coach Lynn wrong, that he’s not great at anything, but he is dominant in everything he does on the field.

“We’re prepared and excited for this Saturday,” Nava said. “We’ve worked all year for this.”

 

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