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Edcouch-Elsa football team mourns the loss of 16-year-old player

Fall ball is just around the corner but for the Edcouch-Elsa Yellow Jackets, this season will start off without one of their own.

Fall ball is just around the corner but for the Edcouch-Elsa Yellow Jackets, this season will start off without one of their own.

The upcoming sophomore and lineman for the junior varsity squad died last Thursday night on Monte Cristo Road. "Charismatic. A hard worker. Put a smile on your face when you needed a smile,” said Junior Varsity Head Coach Earl Arispe.

According to information released by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Martin Montañez was driving a Ford Mustang when he somehow lost control, spun out and crashed into a pickup truck. The rear of the Mustang hit the truck but the impact so severe, it killed Montanez on impact. A passenger was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition.

The news of the crash sending a shock wave through the yellow jacket community. “We try to be a team, we're a unit. We think about unity and when one of that unit is broken, it’s like a hole that’s missing. You never forget martin. We won’t forget him. It’s like a hold that you can’t patch,” said teammate Robert Sumbillo.

Coaches and teammates say the 16-year-old was on the right path, with a bright future ahead. "He had great things coming from him, man. Lost him at a young age,” said Arispe. "A very coachable kid. The qualities that you’d want in a kid, that’s what he had."

As the sophomore Yellow Jackets prepare to start the new season, they say they'll do so with their cleats on the gridiron and their angel in the sky. "We're asking them to be grown men at this age. It’s hard for them but this is Edcouch Elsa, these kids are tough. They’ll get there. They’ll overcome this,” said Aripse.

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