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Multi-school YUHSD sudent makes All-Region football team

Yuma Union High School District student Bryan Escamilla utilized Vista Alternative High School’s campus resources to get his academics on track and it led to greater success on the football field for his home campus of Yuma High School.   

Escamilla, a senior, was recently named to the Arizona Interscholastic Association 4A Southwest All-Region First Team as well as Yuma Sun/Rotary All-Region team. Without the move to VAHS, it may not have been possible.  

“I went to Vista Alternative for the smaller classes and to get more attention from my teachers,” Escamilla said. “Things like that helped me to pass the State Hospitality Test with Mrs. [Arisbey] Garcia’s involvement.”  

He said that the previous football season at Yuma High taught him a lot about himself. “Last year I didn’t really do so well, so I set a goal to be the best in the city and make All-Region. This year I went after it and put in the work in order to make the team. If you want something go after it and never give up on your dreams because you won't get a second chance later on.” 

In a way, though, Vista offered the running back and linebacker somewhat of a second chance. Escamilla took advantage by rushing for more than 1,700 yards, including three games with 200-plus yards, and nine touchdowns as well as being one of the team’s top tacklers. He also led the team to its first-ever Southwest Region win in a road upset over Buckeye Union High School. 

“I think Bryan was able to focus better there (at Vista) and that’s one of the goals of alternative education,” Yuma High football coach Curt Weber said. “In that environment, he was able to be himself and he really took advantage of that opportunity. I just saw a different kid that was much more engaged when he came back to the Yuma High campus for practice.”

Escamilla represents both schools in athletics and academics with plans to graduate in May 2019 and attend Arizona Western College after high school.

Chris Franey
cfraney@yumaunion.org