Mendota Aztecs featured in ESPN documentary

The Central Valley was glued to the television Sunday morning for an ESPN feature on the Mendota football program.
February 16, 2014 10:53:27 PM PST
The Central Valley was glued to the television Sunday morning for an ESPN feature on the Mendota football program.

With head coach Beto Mejia leading the way, the Aztecs' story of hard work, determination and finding their version of the American Dream was told in a half hour segment of ESPN's Outside the Lines, and then a full hour extended version on ESPN2.

So far, the response has been incredible.

"It's been a good feeling," said coach Mejia. "We've been overwhelmed with joy because we are a representation of our families and out community. And not just that, but the people that have gone through that as well, and I'm just really excited that the story was told."

'It shows us all that hard work is going to pay off one day," added star running back Edgar Segura, "and it paid off this season, in my senior season. I know it didn't pay off for good, and that we didn't win valley. But people seeing the documentary means a lot."

The Mendota story was a major focus of social media users across the country, and a lot of the focus has been on Segura, the Central Section's all-time leader in rushing yards and touchdowns.

Somewhat shockingly, Segura has not received any Division I scholarship offers. He told Action News he's got a number of local junior colleges after his services. But he made his number one goal extremely clear.

"Right now I have a lot of junior colleges talking to me," said Segura. "Fresno State contacted me to walk on, but walking on is going to be hard for me because of money. I really want to stay in the valley. I want to play for Fresno State. I want to represent the Valley anywhere we go."

Edgar Segura College Fund- Scholarship


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