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Being alum helps Highland coach connect to players

J.P. Murrieta
September 18, 2017 07:54 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The Highland High School football players were a little more enthusiastic at practice Monday. The Hornets picked up their first win of the season on Friday, beating Valencia 28-14.

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The team is led by first-year head coach Phil Lovato, himself Highland alum. It's that connection which helps the coach relate to his kids.

"These are my people. I say this all the time: I've never left this neighborhood. I've grown up here," he said. "Everywhere these kids have walked, I walked. My friends have walked. I know a lot of stuff they're going through and how tough it is. It motivates me every single day to be out here."

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