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Atrisco Shows Centennial How It’s Done

The tables have turned.

And the table may be set for Atrisco Heritage to have one heck of a football season.

The Jaguars, who went winless as a first-year program in 2010, took out some of those old frustrations on Centennial, a first-year school from Las Cruces, on Friday night at Milne Stadium.

The Jaguars (3-0) wasted little time is displaying their dominance against the Hawks (1-2), beating Centennial 48-6.

The Hawks are guided by former Manzano coach Aaron Ocampo.

In the first half alone, Atrisco punted just once, had 20 first downs and 364 yards. Centennial had two first downs and 2 yards total offense.

“I’ve been there, and it’s hard to start a program,” said Atrisco head coach Patrick Johnson, an assistant the past two seasons at the school. “I just wanted our kids to get good work in, which they did for this game.”

The Jaguars will be favored to make it four straight when they play Valencia (0-3) next week, but Johnson said “I’m a real big believer in not looking ahead. We scouted Valenica, and they’re not a bad team. I know it’s cliché, but we really are taking it one game at a time.”

On Friday, the Jags took it one play at a time — and almost all were huge ones in the first two quarters.

Senior quarterback Nate Goode threw touchdown passes of 29, 4 and 10 yards, and rushed for two more scores in running the option to perfection. Goode finished 6-of-10 passing for 89 yards and had 11 carries for a game-high 97 yards rushing.

“Nate has really come around,” Johnson said. “We introduced the option this year, and he’s really run the option well. Now he’s really a dual threat running and passing.”

Goode said he likes the new offensive look — one that helped his team upset Eldorado 15-14 two weeks ago.

“I feel comfortable with the option, because I know we have great backs,” Goode said. “If I don’t keep it, I give it and I know my backs will get yards.”

One of those backs, junior Martin Ortiz, had 70 yards on six carries and caught the 4-yard TD pass. Senior running back Phil LaCour had 62 yards on seven rushes and senior Julio “Junior” Campillo had 35 yards on five attempts and scored on a 1-yard run.

“This game shows all the hard work we’ve put in through the first two years,” Goode said. “I know how it feels to go through (what Centennial is going through). It sucks, but you’ve just got to stick with it. That’s what we’ve done for two years.”

The Jags led 7-0 and had a first-and-goal at the Centennial 4 with 9 minutes left in the first quarter, but fumbled and Centennial recovered at its 1.

No problem.

On the next play, the Hawks fumbled it in the end zone and Atrisco’s Jeremy Sanchez fell on it for the score. The rout commenced.

Jonathan Everette and Ricci Alvidrez later caught scoring passes.
— This article appeared on page 16 of the Albuquerque Journal


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