Donna High made a one-game improvement in 2017 despite dealing with injuries to several key players. 

DONNA — Donna High began last season with two quarterbacks: Hector Guerrero, the starter, and Ryan Espinoza, Guerrero’s varsity backup. By the time Donna reached halftime of its Oct. 6 game against Edcouch-Elsa, both signal-callers were gone for the year. Espinoza broke his foot during a preseason scrimmage, and Guerrero tore an ACL on Donna’s lone touchdown-scoring play against the Yellow Jackets.

“Injuries are a part of football, obviously,” Donna High coach Ramiro Leal said. “It also hurts your team’s chance for continuity. If we’re going into each game, week in and week out, with different starters, you aren’t able to develop the kind of continuity that you want.”

Leal was forced to go with Alex Sanchez, who entered the year as Donna’s JV starting quarterback.

“We had to simplify a lot more for Alex than the other two quarterbacks,” Leal said. “The last thing you want is to give Hector’s full responsibilities to a player who hasn’t been a two-year starter like he was. I’m sure Alex was already nervous enough as it was, but we did what we had to do to give him the best chance to succeed.”

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