The Atascocita Eagles finished the season with a 9-1 regular season record (5-1 in district play) with high hopes for the upcoming playoffs. What are the reasons for Atscocita’s massive success this year? “Our talent on both sides of the ball, all the hard work and preparation before games, great coaches, and us being able to make plays,” Junior DE Jackson Reed said. It is no secret that Coach Craig Stump and his staff have turned this program around in recent years, with a total record of 27-15 at Atascocita, the numbers in the win column are only increasing. Ranking 20th in the state on MaxPreps.com, the Eagles have lived up to expectations on both sides of the ball.
The Eagles high powered offense, led by Junior QB Niyl Campbell, is averaging 33 points per game this season. With a QB Rating of 107.1, the first year letterman is certainly doing his part to lead this offense in the air and on the ground. The AHS receiving core is any Quarterback’s dream with two highly recruited WR’s in Quan Shorts (Texas Tech) and Tre Hamilton (Undecided). QB Niyl Campbell and RB Patrick Taylor both have eclipsed 700 yards rushing this season, leading the team’s ground attack. “The weapons and athleticism we have in Quan (Shorts), Tre (Hamilton), Tyvonne (Thompson), Patrick Taylor, Deneric (Gibson), Coye (Fairman), and myself [are what make this offense dynamic]” Niyl Campbell said. Atascocita’s explosive offense is averaging just shy of 180 yards per game through the air and an astonishing 220 yards on the ground, they are a nightmare for any defense they face.
Along with the offensive success, Atascocita’s defense is one of the top in District 16-6A, giving up an average of only 14 points per game. No team has scored more than 27 points on the Eagles, who had 2 regular season shutout wins, Nimitz and Clear Falls. “We execute the job that our coaches give us, we play every down like it’s our last,” Sophomore DE De’Marius Brooks said. With a monstrous front 7 and a defensive secondary that has recorded 14 INT’s on the year, this defense makes offensive coordinators cringe.
Looking ahead to next year, Atascocita has their eyes on the state championship with a lot of play makers returning on both sides of the ball. “I see a lot of success coming their way, especially when they will have Patrick Taylor as their running back,” Senior WR Tre Hamilton said. This team has had a lot of success so far this season, going into the playoffs. This program is heading in the right direction under Coach Stump and his staff.
Written by: Gabe Henderson