In the 6A football clash of the Jaguars tonight in Albuquerque, if could be Capital fans showing their support with directions to Atrisco Heritage Academy, so proving directions would be a nice thing for this non-district game with a scheduled 7 o’clock kickoff.
The school is south of Rio Rancho and north of Los Lunas, so Just drive to nearby I-25 and head south to exit 220, and stay on the ramp for New Mexico 500/Rio Rancho Boulevard Southeast, then turn left on 118th Street and Atrisco Heritage is straight ahead on Dennis Chavez Southwest. Estimated distance 74 miles, estimated time of travel about one hour and 27 minutes.
It figures to be a tough test for Capital head coach Joaquin (Wax) Garcia’s team that is 3-2 overall and coming off an impressive 17-0 win over visiting Albuquerque Academy. It has pieced together 154 points and yielded 86. And the 28-24 loss against visiting undefeated St. Michael’s could have gone either way, and Atrisco hasn’t faced anybody as good as the Horsemen.
Still, Garcia’s Jaguars are no doubt the underdogs. Atrisco, whose schedule gets tougher down the stretch, is 4-1 after a blowout opening loss, 59-36, at Albuquerque Sandia. From there these Jags shut down Albuquerque Rio Grande, 52-0, won at Albuquerque Eldorado,54-33, blanked Albuquerque Manzano, 53-0, and won a tight tussle versus visiting Albuquerque Mesa Visa, 59-54.
Now they face the first opponent not from Albuquerque. After this, they play Albuquerque Cibola, Rio Rancho Cleveland, Rio Rancho High, and Albuquerque Volcano Vista, all good ranked teams. They have scored 254 points and allowed 146. They score a lot and mix in an aggressive defense.
Which means Atrisco will have to slow down Capital’s Munoz brothers, senior quarterback Julian and sophomore running back Juan. Each has scored three touchdowns, Juan along the ground and Julian with two running the ball to go with a touchdown aerial.
After this road test, Capital is home to Los Lunas and Albuquerque High, at Clovis, and with the regular-season finale at crosstown rival Santa Fe High.
But first things first.