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Football is in DNA for Chavez-Avina

Marco Chavez-Avina trains at Mountain View High School on Dec. 14, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Marco Chavez-Avina trains at Mountain View High School on Dec. 14, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Mountain View senior receiver and defensive back Marco Chavez-Avina never gets enough of the game.

Football is in his DNA. Ever since he started playing in seventh grade, he fell in love with it, and the adoration for football has only grown exponentially since the first time he stepped onto the field.

“I’ve always loved it,” Chavez-Avina said. “Just the brotherhood of the team and everything, and I was thinking playing college in community and just trying to get bigger, better on all my skills and hopefully transferring to another college.”

That brotherhood is a crucial component of Chavez-Avina’s success, becoming a driving force for his impact on a Mountain View squad that has appeared in the Central Coast Section playoffs each of the past two seasons.

The 5’7” Chavez-Avina recorded one interception while the Spartans won seven games in 2019, and he finds ways to make plays in every regard.

“I’m not that tall,” Chavez-Avina said. “I mean I’m decently quick and average speed, but for me it’s been the ability to read a player and know how quick they are to adapt to the route running and everything.”

Chavez-Avina’s play heightens all the time, loving the constant work with the teammates he’s trained with throughout this offseason – Ryan Cambouris, Brian Cotner, Austin Flax, Josh Lillie and Sam Thome.

“It’s just been my teammates in general, seeing everybody else grind motivates me to go out there with them instead of staying at home and messing around,” Chavez-Avina said. “I’d rather be out there with my teammates getting better.”

All of that work lended itself to all-around progress in his game.

Chavez-Avina said he’s bolstered his route running, footwork and cover skills defensively.

“I think I’ve improved on running my routes and tracking the ball,” Chavez-Avina said. “And also I’ve been working with some weights and increasing my bench press and squat.”

Although Chavez-Avina boasts no offers yet, the opportunities are there to compete somewhere collegiately.

He’s thought about playing junior college football, potentially locally, and maybe transferring up from there. Or walking on at a Division III school.

“I’ve also been thinking about JUCO league or De Anza or San Mateo or something like that and then transferring to another school,” Chavez-Avina said.

Before that, though, Chavez-Avina hopes to extend Mountain View’s run in the postseason and make a deeper run than it has in previous years.

“CCS – want to win that,” Chavez-Avina said. “I want to take it all home as a team.”

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