Year of the Tiger 2018

Player spotlight: Tyler Gomez

The good guard

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“Good enough is not enough.”

This has been the mantra constantly used with Taos Tigers linemen by coach Art Abreu Sr. since he arrived in early 2015. It is a simple expression used to motivate his big guys to keep learning and improving the way they execute their positions.

A true believer and devotee to the Tiger cause was Tyler Gomez, who played guard for the older Abreu and took this phrase to heart from the beginning. His main job was to protect this year’s quarterback, Justin Good. He was also tasked with carving a path forward for his running backs.

Gomez, a resident of Taos Pueblo has been a quiet but formidable force during the recent run-of-the-table stretch that yielded a state championship.

“Tyler has been a major part of our line,” said Abreu, who acknowledged that this has been one of the best lines he has ever coached. “He is a humble champion, and it has been an honor to coach Tyler.”

Gomez and his younger brother, Warren, were the only two siblings on the team this year. In many ways, his mother, Tammie, could also be considered a teammate. She followed the team to every game and was a constant presence in the bleachers rain, snow or shine.

Wearing his new letterman’s jacket, Gomez explained how he stayed committed to his team and his coach. “I come from a long line of hard workers,” said Gomez, alluding to his mother and his grandfather, whose faded “T” from his playing days 50 years ago was sewn on his left sleeve. “I’m proud to be able to represent my family and my team with this accomplishment.”

Now the football has been handed off to Tyler’s younger brother, Warren, who will be a sophomore next year. And with the prospects of another championship a real possibility, team Gomez will continue to be a big part of the Taos Tigers.

Apparently, good enough, is not enough for Tyler Gomez. He hopes to play football in college.

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