• Year of the Tiger 2018

Year of the Tiger 2018

Taos Tigers football team – 2018 New Mexico 4A Champions

Official team portrait.
Taos Tigers react to their state-championship title Saturday (Dec. 1) at Anaya Field in Taos.
Year of the Tiger 2018

Growing pains, growth spurts, a crown

Of all the foes the Taos Tigers have had to contend with throughout history, it seems strange that our football team considers the Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals a “rival” team.
Taos' Justin Good grabs the leg of Bloomfield's Vincent Marquez, throwing him off balance, during Taos' state-championship game against Bloomfield at Anaya Field in Taos.
Year of the Tiger 2018

Books before blocks

Student-athletes are required by the New Mexico Activities Association to maintain good academic standing in order to set foot on the field.
Taos' defensive lineman Dominic Lopez reacts to successfully shutting out the Bloomfield offense on fourth-and-goal with less than a minute and a half left in the game.
Year of the Tiger 2018

Tigers take the title

From the first play to the last,  every moment counted in the 14-7 Taos 4A state championship victory over Bloomfield at Anaya Field in Taos Dec. 1.
Tyler Gomez
Year of the Tiger 2018

Player spotlight: Tyler Gomez

“I’m proud to be able to represent my family and my team with this accomplishment.”
Brian Moraga poses for a portrait Tuesday (Dec. 11) at Anaya Field in Taos.
Year of the Tiger 2018

Player spotlight: Brian Moraga

Football helped him grow into himself, a young man who can manage setbacks when they come and is “ready for more.”
Clayton Demas poses for a portrait Tuesday (Dec. 11) at Anaya Stadium.
Year of the Tiger 2018

Player spotlight: Clayton Demas

Clayton Demas started dreaming of a state championship when he was 8 years old playing with the Taos Young America Football League. Together with his YAFL teammates, they “always talked about …
Estevan Valerio advises his partner Tuesday (Dec. 11) during wrestling practice.
Year of the Tiger 2018

Player spotlight: Estevan Valerio

Dealing with adversity seems to be a Tiger specialty. Valerio learned from wrestling how to turn failure into growth.
Taos senior wide receiver Anthony Maestas sprints with the ball Friday (Oct. 12) during Taos' 56-0 victory against Española Valley at Anaya Stadium.
Year of the Tiger 2018

Tiger spotlight: Anthony Maestas

Football has helped him be “more humble,” and to see that “not everything is just that bad.”
Taos senior tackle Dominic Lopez cheers with his team Friday (August 31) during Taos' 47-0 victory against Los Alamos at Anaya Stadium in Taos.

Tiger spotlight: Dominic Lopez

Though he took the RTD bus to school during the school year, there was no bus early enough to get him to 5 a.m. practices in the summer. So his family brought him.
Coaches Abreu Jr. and Sr. embrace during the final minutes of the 55-7 Taos win over Lovington Nov. 17 that kept them on the road to the championship.
Year of the Tiger 2018

Taos coach's father key part of title run

When Abreu Jr. got his first head coaching job, it was with the caveat that Abreu Sr. would come with him.
Hilario Serrano (formerly of Randall Lumber & Hardware) replaced styrofoam cups to reflect the Taos High School football team's latest winning streak, 7-0, on Monday (Oct. 15) outside the store. The Tigers won their homecoming game against Española 56-0 on Friday (Oct. 12), ranking them first in the state among Class 4A teams. "Coach Arbeu's program is doing extremely well right now and we are amped because he is poised for a state championship," said Serrano, who is also the assistant coach for Taos High School's track and field team. "What I would like to see is a little bit more spirit in the community —businesses painting windows, putting balloons up, doing a makeshift fence like I do or something that brings support to the program. Because these athletes, those are our kids. They’re our community. When they have a backing, people really rooting for them and wanting them to excel, they step up a notch."
Year of the Tiger 2018

A community of champions

Each season for a decade, Serrano has placed white cups in a fence in front of Randall Lumber along Paseo del Pueblo Sur to spell out motivational phrases for the Tigers. This year, he used the cups to track the Tigers’ record, right up to the championship game, when they ended the season 12-1.
The Taos Tigers hoist their first-ever blue trophy after their 14-7 state championship win over Bloomfield Dec. 1.
Year of the Tiger 2018

Taos community supports the Tigers

The whole Taos community has been involved in nourishing the bodies of the Tiger team.

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