Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member Jacob Schurz, 14, has been playing with the Mesa Toros team of the Mesa Youth Football League for the past two years. The team played against other youth teams in the league during the season in hopes of playing in their league championship at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium.
The team’s record was 7-1, and they were one game away from playing at Arizona State University for the championship when the Toros came up against another team, the Huskies, in the playoffs. Unfortunately, the Toros lost in the playoff game.
“The team did well. We did everything as a family; we worked together,” said Schurz after his last game of the season. “This game against the Huskies was a real tough game. They were really good. We just have to work together [and] practice hard. The coaches gave us a hard time, but it was worth it.
“I love this team. I can’t wait to play next year,” added Schurz. “I think we could have won it if we would have played harder and not given up in the end. We all kept getting mad at the end—we should have played as a family, but we sort of fell apart at the end, and that is something we will work on.”
Schurz wants to continue to play with the Toros and eventually join the Mountain View High School football team. Schurz’s sister Salese Schurz was also at each game as a member of the cheer team.