Austin Bordy, Elijah Montoya join Skyhawks program


FARMINGTON — Farmington interior linemen Austin Bordy and Elijah Montoya have four years of continuity playing alongside each other, both on offense and defense.

They believe that chemistry will serve them well at NCAA Division II Fort Lewis College after they signed their national letters of intent with the Skyhawks’ football team today. That move also reunites them with Scorpions teammate Ethan Todd, who signed with FLC last month.

“It feels great. I know I can trust them and everything. I know they’re going to have the team’s back and my back,” Bordy said being able to play college football with Montoya and Todd.

Although both are ironing out scholarship details, Bordy and Montoya are guaranteed roster spots this fall. Both said it’s still unknown whether they’ll play on offense or defense, or both, but they’ll be ready for either side because they played on both sides at FHS.

Both play defensive tackle and offensive guard.

“We have that level of communication to where we don’t need to speak anymore. We just know each other’s play style and how to cooperate within that,” Montoya said.

Bordy said that chemistry with Montoya will “already be there and established” when they suit up for the Skyhawks.

Bordy and Montoya said they both value being sound with their technique on the line, such as having good form and timing with their hands and feet.

“If you have solid technique, there’s nothing anyone can do to stop you,” Montoya said.

Bordy said having good technique helped him fight off stronger and quicker opponents last season for Farmington. Bordy also said it especially helped him after missing the whole 2016 season with an Achilles tendon injury, which initially affected his movement.

Because Fort Lewis will run more of a pass-heavy offense that’s similar to Farmington’s, Montoya said he and Bordy will transition to the Skyhawks’ offensive line smoothly — especially when it comes to pass protection and the kick-step style FLC’s linemen run.

Montoya said he hopes to improve his endurance even more and keep his work motor running at all times, should he be asked to help FLC on both offense and defense.

Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.