Centennial can only hope next week’s visit to Albuquerque turns out as well as this one.
The Hawks blitzed West Mesa with touchdowns on all seven of their first-half drives on Saturday afternoon, as fifth-ranked Centennial (2-0) finished with a 49-13 victory at Nusenda Community Stadium.
With the starters getting only one half of work, Centennial quarterback Lance Frost was 7-of-8 for 160 yards and four touchdowns in the first half. He also ran for a score.
“This week, we started to get into sync a little bit,” Centennial coach Aaron Ocampo said. “Last week, we missed with some balls that would have helped us.”
The Hawks’ first two scoring drives covered a combined 19 yards, thanks to special teams. Centennial got to West Mesa punter Camren Schroer and tackled him before he could even attempt a kick on West Mesa’s first series. And the Hawks’ Xavier Polanco blocked a Schroer punt on the next series.
Frost threw a pair of scoring passes to Aidan Trujillo in the second quarter after he connected with Jordan Mendoza and Darren Rodriguez (that one a 52-yarder, longest of Frost’s four TD passes) in the first quarter.
Frost scored on a 28-yard run during Centennial’s 28-point first quarter. He did not play in the second half. The Hawks’ seven touchdowns came on just 24 combined plays. West Mesa got on the board on Mark Garcia’s 4-yard run in the third quarter.
The Hawks visit Manzano, Ocampo’s former school, this coming Saturday at Wilson Stadium.
– James Yodice
CIBOLA 35, ONATE 21: At the Field of Dreams in Las Cruces, Mikey Garcia caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Steele – the second TD hook-up of the game for that duo – to break a 21-all tie late in the third quarter, and the 10th-ranked Cougars (2-0) continued their impressive start with a road victory over the Knights (0-2).
Steele threw a 13-yard scoring pass to Nathaniel Manzanares early in the fourth quarter for an insurance touchdown for Cibola. Manzanares also returned a punt for a TD in the win, and Steele added a short touchdown run.
CLEVELAND 35, EL PASO FRANKLIN 21: In Rio Rancho, a current and a former El Paso running back combined for five touchdowns and 321 rushing yards, but it was the former Andress High two-sport standout, Storm junior Dorian Lewis, who left the field with bragging rights.
Lewis carried the ball 26 times for 215 yards and scored on runs of 2, 40 and 14 yards. He also caught a 35-yard scoring pass from quarterback Jeff Davison.
The Storm, ranked No. 1 in the coaches’ poll, never trailed while winning its seventh home game in a row. Cleveland scored the game’s final two touchdowns on Lewis’s 14-yard scamper and a 45-yard run by Davison.
Cougars running back Taj Crenshaw gained 106 yards on 16 carries,
Weather delayed the start of the game for roughly an hour and 45 minutes.
Gary Herron from the Rio Rancho Observer contributed to this story.