They've been playing high school football in the Central Section for 121 years. And imagine this:
History was made by Edgar Segura at tiny Mendota on the West Side on Friday night.
And imagine this, part II:
It came on a 50-yard interception return in the final minutes in a 48-18 West Sierra League win over Tranquillity as the senior became the section's career leader in touchdowns with 119.
The three-year running back/safety also scored on runs of 3, 1 and 63 yards and receptions of 35 and 19 yards while passing Tulare's Dominique Dorsey (1998-2000) and Dos Palos' Kenny James (1999-2001), each of whom had 118 TDs, according to section historian Bob Barnett.
"Edgar's family deserved this, my community deserved this, everyone in Mendota deserved this," Aztecs coach Beto Mejia said.
"His mother and siblings were here to see it; that's what was most important to me. A kid from Mendota — 119 touchdowns. That's amazing. He's been everything a coach could ask for, and that's why I believe he deserves a Division I scholarship."
Segura, an All-State Small School player the past two years, tied the record on a 63-yard run with 4 minutes and 3 seconds remaining. Then he broke it on Tranquillity's first play following the subsequent kickoff.
Segura finished with 291 rushing yards on 39 carries.
Mendota (8-2, 4-0), which volunteered up to Division V this season after capturing the past two D-VI titles, will play at Firebaugh (9-0, 4-0) next week to decide the league championship.
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