Las Animas football's Tyson Vigil named Denver Broncos Coach of the Week

Ken Hamrick
LA Junta Tribune
Las Animas High School head football coach Tyson Vigil was named the Denver Broncos' Coach of the Week.

Las Animas High School football coach Tyson Vigil has been named the Denver Broncos Coach of the Week for the week of April 3.

The Trojans defeated Custer County 56-0 at Jack LaSalle Trojan Field in their Homecoming game last Friday.

He was a volunteer assistant for Las Animas prior to taking the head coaching position a year ago.

"It's a big deal," Vigil said. "I found out Monday afternoon. Coach (Cody) Hines gave a call in my classroom to inform me and I was super excited and pumped up. I broke the news to my class. It's a real honor. I'm really excited for it."

The weekly winners of the Broncos Coach of the Week award receive $1,000 in the form of a grant from the NFL Foundation, plus $1,000 in product from Gatorade. 

Also, Vigil and the other winners through the fall and spring season will be honored at a Broncos game during the season.

The Trojans are ranked fourth in this week's CHSAA Season C eight-man poll with a 2-1 record.

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In addition to defeating Custer County, they also defeated Justice 48-12 in the opening weekend, but lost to Front Range Christian 58-22 in Week 2.

"We're already midway through the season so it was a good start," Vigil said. "We're plugging along and I think we're improving still. Hopefully, we haven't peaked yet. We're hoping to save that for late in the season and into the playoffs." 

Las Animas is the only team in the Arkansas River Valley to play football in Season C. He said that his team is enjoying the decision to play in the spring.

"We had such a long time with no sports and no activities, and they were chomping at the bit to get out there and participate," he said. "The athletes are great, the effort is great and their coachability is top-notch. I'm really excited to have this group of guys and I think they're excited to playing right now, too."

Las Animas will make its longest trip of the year on Saturday as it will play at Plateau Valley, which is located in Collbran, on the Western Slope near Grand Junction.

Vigil said the plan is for the team to leave Friday morning and find a place to practice in Parachute where the team will stay over night. 

With the game planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, the feel of game day will be a little off, but the coach expects a good contest.

"We're just going to treat it like another game week," Vigil said. "It's a winnable game for us and I think we match up pretty well with Plateau Valley. We've been looking at some of their film and they play a similar style to the way we play.

"It could just be a smash-mouth, punch 'em in the face kind of game."

Las Animas will have an open date next week and will close out the regular season by hosting top-ranked Hoehne on April 23.

"Hoehne's playing really good right now," Vigil said. "They put up 100 points last week against a tough Front Range Christian squad. But we're improving week by week and day by day, and so we're hopefully we're really starting to be on all cylinders come Hoehne week."

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The good part of this season for the Trojans is they are assured a playoff berth. In fact, there is a possibility that they can host a first-round game.

"It's really exciting," Vigil said. "If we do get to host that first round, it's Santa Fe Trail Day weekend in Las Animas, so we're hoping to get a good turnout. We had a really good turnout for our homecoming game this past week. So hopefully, we can replicate that."

Tribune-Democrat reporter Ken Hamrick can be reached by email atKHamrick1@gannett.com.