No. 28 Fabens led by the attack


Editor’s note: The El Paso Times continues its high school football countdown with No. 28 Fabens.

Prospects for the 2022 season

The Wildcats enter the season with a new coach in George Levario, who was hired last month. The Wildcats move from Class 4A Division I to Class 4A Division II.

Levario, 44, replaces Jacob Belshe and was a longtime middle and high school coach in El Paso. He was an offensive and defensive coordinator and position coach and coached for 23 years.

Levario, a 1996 graduate of Ysleta, spent his coaching career in El Paso, including three spells at Horizon. The last passage lasted a year and a half. He has also coached at Riverside, Parkland and Bel Air.

In out-of-district play, the Wildcats face Chaparral, Tornillo, Cathedral, San Elizario and Lamesa before facing Mountain View, Clint, Pecos, Fort Stockton and Monahans in the district.

Back to 2021

The Wildcats went 2-9 overall and 1-3 in the district, losing in the bi-district round of the playoffs.

How do violation rates

Levario loves his offensive unit, which includes running back Isaac Urrutia, brother and receiver Ivan Urrutia, fellow receiver Nathan Gomez, offensive lineman Aaron Ortiz and quarterback Erick Ortiz. The first-year head coach said he believes offensive versatility can produce exciting results.

How defense rates

The defensive backfield should be a force with Isaac Urrutia at the corner, Ivan Urrutia at the free safety and Gomez at the back corner. Look for Ortiz to lead things forward on the defensive line.

What the coach says

“I’m thrilled with this opportunity and the kids are working hard to prepare for this season,” Levario said. “We have quality kids on both sides of the ball. Fabens is a great place. Our district is tough and we will do our best every week to improve and get back to the playoffs.”

What the players are saying

“We are looking forward to the season with coach Levario,” said Ivan Urrutia. “We had to wait a while for a new coach, but we kept working hard as a team and we will stick together to be the best team we can be. We have to work hard every day to be the best conditioned. team that we can be because many of us play on both sides of the ball. Every day will be important for us to improve and learn from coach Levario and the coaching staff.”

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Felix F. Chavez can be reached at 915-546-6167; [email protected]; @Fchavezeptimes on Twitter.


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