If you look good, you play good.
The adage is often tossed around at sporting events, both by athletes and supporters.
For Escambia (District 1-6A champion) this season, the phrase could be adapted to — “If you look good, and your field looks good…you play good.”
The Gators have displayed one of the most visually captivating home fields in the area this season, and a large portion of credit goes to Augie Maldonado — head of the field marking lines committee at Escambia.
In addition to traditional field lines, Emmitt Smith Field has featured art for sponsors — such as the “Circle K red zone” — and intricate end zone art.
“I started painting last year,” Maldonado said.
“We wanted to free up some time for the coaches.
“We now have committee leaders for fund raising, senior night, field marking, chain gang and banquets.”
Favorite college team?: Really I have no favorite, I just like to watch the game. So many great players, and you know eventually, some will be in the NFL.
Favorite NFL team?: Green Bay Packers. I was born and raised in Milwaukee. I did 21 years of military service and followed them.
Favorite vacation?: When I got back from Iraq, I went home to Wisconsin. My oldest son had a project to do with the capitol — Madison, Wisconsin.
We met with a congressmen. My son was able to do an interview with him and use it for his presentation.
Favorite part of Escambia football games?: I like any exciting parts of the game — scoring touchdowns, Emilio kicking FGs and touch backs.
Favorite team to watch besides Escambia?: I sort of like watching PHS. The kicker over there, Curtis Theis, and Emilio are trained by the same guy.
We like to see how Curtis is doing. I think PHS is also another threat this year. They struggled, but came back on to make playoffs.
Last time you washed your car?: Been a couple weeks… more like a month.
Favorite hobbies?: Bowling. I bowl in 5 leagues. I’ve bowled a “300” in one game and a “801” series this year.
Favorite sport to play?: I like bowling and scuba diving.
Favorite color?: I’d go with orange and green. I like orange because of Escambia and because bowling equipment is orange. Orange falls in good. And green for the Green Bay Packers.
Favorite holiday?: Geez, I’ve got so many. I’ve got 365 holidays per year, I don’t know which one to pick .