Three El Pasoans returned to the Sun City from Arlington, Texas, with first-place medals around their necks following the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Team Championships at the AT&T Stadium this past weekend.
Anthony Favela, age 9, Jasper Sanchez, age 13, and Edward Duran, age 15, finished first in their respective divisions. Favela, a student at Loma Terrace Elementary, topped the 8-9 year old division with a total distance of 159’5”. Sanchez, a student at Sybert Middle School, won the 12-13 division with a score of 310’9”. Duran, a freshman at Franklin High School, claimed the oldest boys’ division with total distance of 269’10”.
“Going to Arlington to represent El Paso in this competition was a great experience for me,” said Duran. “More than the competition, I had a chance to go to my first NFL game and meet great people. I was surprised to win, but it’s a great feeling to know we represented El Paso well. I’m very appreciative to everyone at the Sun Bowl Association and Price’s Creameries for giving me this experience.”
The competition took place on Saturday evening and all participants were honored during pregame ceremonies prior to the Dallas Cowboys’ game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
All three champions will now await results from all Team Championships. The top four winners of each age group advance to the National Finals.
The sectional competition is hosted annually by the Sun Bowl Association in conjunction with the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department and sponsored by Price’s Creameries.