Josefre “Pep” Gonzales believes he was born to be a salesman.
“I was always working to sell something,” said Gonzales, who played offensive guard and linebacker on Texico’s 1990 Class 1A state title team. “Whether it was band candy or other school-related products, or even my own toys when I was a kid to make money.”
So it should come as no surprise he now works in medical sales in Las Vegas, Nev., where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
His journey included stops at Clovis Community College, Eastern New Mexico University and New Mexico State. While pursuing a graduate degree in Las Vegas, he worked as a bartender at some of the restaurants on the strip.
Coached by Bruce Scroggins, Texico beat Hagerman 28-0 in the title game in 1990.
“It was a game in which we completely dominated,” said Gonzales, 39, whose hobbies include hiking, camping and snowboarding with the family. “We played the game in Texico, and looking back it was very exciting time for us and the town. The boys team hadn’t won a state title in any sport in many years. For us to have such a great season (the Wolverines finished 11-1), and then to top it off with winning a state championship was truly a special time. It was a great feeling of accomplishment.”
— Rick White