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Vanden honors teammate in Friday win

Vanden players hold Daniel Hughes’ jersey before Friday’s win at Armijo. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo
Vanden players hold Daniel Hughes’ jersey before Friday’s win at Armijo. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

Armijo hosted a Vanden team who was 1-2 going into the season, but Vanden was playing for one of its teammates who is in critical condition. Vanden was motivated by its teammate, Daniel Hughes, and the performance on the field showed. The whole team contributed, and the 49-0 victory for Vanden was an emotional one. 

The game started with a tribute to Daniel Hughes, as the team brought out his No. 9 jersey and held a moment of silence. 

“We all started tearing up in there,” said Vanden sophomore Devin Martin. “It was great emotion.” 

After the emotional and touching moment, Vanden flipped a switch and started dominating. It started on defense and forced Armijo to a three-and-out before blocking the punt. Cameron Fisherman scooped up the ball and walked into the end zone for a 7-0 lead. That is when all of the 9’s went up in honor of Hughes’ jersey number. 

Vanden got to put up the 9’s six more times, as it would go on to get in the end zone seven times in the game. Everyone seemed to contribute to the scoring outburst that it had. It was led by Jamai East, Tre Dimes, Johnte Mcdowell and Michael Belk. All of them had touchdowns on the night in what became a rout very quickly. 

The score was 28-0 after the first quarter, as Liniarus Agee scored the fourth touchdown of the first quarter with just over two minutes left in the first. Armijo had no answers all night to the Vanden defense either. Vanden’s defense did not allow a first down in the first half.

In the second quarter, the onslaught continued, as Vanden put up two more touchdowns before heading into the half. There was not much left in the game, as the running clock started at the beginning of the third quarter, and just one touchdown came from Jordan Lopez. 

After the game the Vanden team got together once more to celebrate and honor Daniel Hughes, as they all huddled up around his jersey and celebrated the win. 

“It hurt not being with him,” said Vanden junior Jamai East, who is one of Hughes’ best friends. “Through the whole game it hurt.” 

“I came out fighting for my brother because he is fighting in the hospital right now,” said Vanden’s Ammarion York. “The least we could do is fight for him.”

There was a theme throughout the whole team, and they are all motivated by their beloved teammate, Daniel Hughes. Vanden moves to 2-2 and Armijo to 0-4 in the spring 2021 season.

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