By: Francisco Nájera,* a senior at Instituto Lizardi in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico / translated by Ana Gonzáles
What is football in Mexico? Now, Mexico has a professional football league – the LFA (Liga de Fútbol Americano Profesional). The league was formed just two years ago and has six teams. On the way to its third year, three other teams are now planning to join. In the future, the LFA of Mexico wants to be known just like the NFL in the USA. There are also two collegiate football leagues in Mexico, the ONEFA (National Student Football Organization) and CONADEIP (National Sports Student Commission of Private Institutes).
American-style football is barely known in the town of Zihuatanejo, Guerrero. Most of the people play soccer or baseball. But in 2015, the Marlins of Zihuatanejo Sports Club was created for youth in the area, under the direction of Javier Vidal, the founder, and head coach. There are two other youth football teams in the state of Guerrero, the Bull Dogs from Chilpancingo and the Black Sharks of Acapulco. All teams competed in the Guerrero Bowl.
The Marlins of Zihuatanejo compete in the football youth category in the state of Guerrero, along with teams from Acapulco and Chilpancingo.
During the Guerrero Bowl, the Marlins of Zihuatanejo got the first victory in their first encounter with the Black Sharks of Acapulco, winning with a score of 42-0. This raised the status of the Marlins and the name of Zihuatanejo. After this match, the team received many invitations from different institutions in the country.
In the second round of the tournament, the Marlins faced the Bull Dogs of Chilpancingo, who performed better than Acapulco. But, this was no obstacle for the Zihuatanejo team that won again with a score of 34-6, earning the second consecutive victory for the team!
For the third round of the tournament, the Marlins went to Acapulco to challenge the Sharks, but the match was canceled for unknown reasons just hours before the start. The match against the Bulldogs was also canceled forcing the Marlins to withdraw from the Guerrero Bowl.
To finish their 2017, the Marlins faced the Borregos from the Technological Institute of Monterrey campus in Morelia, who defeated them with a score of 34-6. They also had an exciting encounter with the Wolves of Uruapan, Michoacán, but lost with a score of 6-0.
The 2018 Marlins Sports Club Team of Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico.
That is how the Marlins ended up their 2017 season. Now, they are starting training sessions for the upcoming 2018 season.
*Editor’s Note: Francisco Nájera (Paco) is a senior at Instituto Lizardi in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico. This article was part of his final examination for an English writing class taught by the editor of this publication. He needed a little help from his friend, Ana Gonzáles, who assisted with the English translation, and the teacher edited the article, but Paco completed his project. Congratulations!