ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - After a sluggish 3-5 start, the Del Norte Knights are ridinghigh.
The men in turquoise and black won their last two games againstdistrict foes to earn their second consecutive District 5-4Acrown.
"We won the first district championship last year, [the firstone] in 15 years, and we weren’t satisfied," Knights'receiver/strong safety Deion Medina said.
Medina credits the late season turnaround to Del Norte HeadCoach Chris Howe. According to players, Howe helped the teamrealize that their title and their time on the football field wereslipping away.
"It's more of a personality of just coming out and every game isa big game, and just give everything you have and leave everythingon the field," linebacker Bobby Johnston said.
Howe came to Del Norte four years ago. At the time, they had thelongest losing streak in the state, but he said they snapped thatin year one and started to believe.
"The kids starting believing we could do it. Basically the lastcouple of years we won back-to-back district titles," Howe said."And now they believe us."
Medina said Del Norte football now is about seeking contact andgiving everything you got.
"We want to be the hammer and not the nail," Medina said "We'realways the underdogs, we're always undersized but everyone lovesthe game."
This team rallies behind the motto 'hokahey' which looselytranslates to treat each play as if it's your last, each game as ifit's your last.
With the playoffs upcoming, their motto is especiallypoignant.
The Knights will square off against the Farmington ScorpionsFriday night at Wilson Stadium. Earlier in the season the Knightstopped the Scorps 21-14.
Thieves are leaving big, gaping holes around Roswell.