Lyford quarterback Aidan Olivas-Romo spent his first two varsity seasons at safety, amassing 90 total tackles and two interceptions.

This past offseason, however, Olivas-Romo was asked to move to the offensive side of the ball and take over the starting quarterback duties.

Though hesitant at first, Olivas-Romo thrived during his lone season as the Bulldogs’ QB1, finishing fourth overall in the RGV in passing yards while leading Lyford to a 9-2 overall record.

Olivas-Romo is The Brownsville Herald/Valley Morning Star Sub-5A Player of the Year.

Lyford quarterback Aiden Olivas-Romo. (Andrew Cordero | Special to RGVSports)

“Kind of going back to the beginning of the year where I said I didn’t really want to play quarterback and then having the year that I had … it really is just thanks to my coaches, the fans and my fellow brothers – especially the receivers,” Olivas-Romo said.

The transition from safety to quarterback was almost seamless for Olivas-Romo, who threw for 306 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 136 yards and one score during a Week 1 win over Port Isabel.

He continued to build off the early season success, surpassing the 1,000-yard passing mark just four games into the regular season.

Lyford quarterback Aiden Olivas-Romo looks to make a move against Port Isabel in the season opener on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023 at Bulldog Stadium in Lyford. (Andrew Cordero/Special to The Monitor)

Olivas-Romo finished with a 62.6 completion percentage en route to 3,228 passing yards and 21 passing touchdowns in 11 games played.

Olivas-Romo’s arm wasn’t the only weapon he deployed. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound quarterback displayed the same speed he did as a safety from behind center, slashing his way through defenses for 854 yards and eight touchdowns on 138 carries.

The dual-threat athlete ended the year with 4,094 total yards and 29 total touchdowns, helping the Bulldogs to a second-place finish in District 16-3A DI and a bi-district playoff appearance.

Olivas-Romo praised offensive coordinator Douglas Ames and the offensive staff for making sure he was prepared to have a terrific season. 

“They molded our offense to fit the players we had and I think it worked out really well,” he said.

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