Mario Garibay of Chavez Titans football snags athlete of the week for 3 TD's in first playoff win

DELANO, Calif. - It was on their home field last Friday where Cesar E. Chavez high school history was made. Mario Garibay lead the way with three touchdowns for his school's very first playoff win.

“Our first playoff win,” the senior running back Garibay told 23ABC on Thursday, “it felt great going in as a senior, leaving a legacy like that? It feels good."

"We've been in the playoffs before," head coach Sergio Barajas explained, "we've had some decent teams going into it but this year felt different. That win was for everybody that's involved, our teachers, faculty, just the community of Delano."

And the community fully backs their Titans. Mario scored a touchdown in the first quarter but it was his two scores in the fourth that propelled his team to victory and ignited a fire of support.

"By far his best performance," coach Barajas said of his backfield star, "he erupted in the fourth quarter offensively. He was able to punch two physical runs into the end zone."

"The whole school has been," Garibay said, "you guys won, you guys won! Who do you play next? We're winning, the school is behind us, the atheltic director is behind us, everybody is supporting us."

For his three touchdowns in a historic win for Chavez high school in the first round of the playoffs, Mario Garabay snags an athlete of the week plaque provided by Kern Trophies and is our male athlete of the week.

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