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Posted On: 04/30/21 7:21 PM

One of the major storylines for the much-anticipated 2021 high school season in New Mexico is that several of the most prominent programs in the state will have new quarterbacks, including (in alphabetical order) Artesia, Centennial, Clovis, Cleveland, Las Cruces, La Cueva, Lovington, Rio Rancho and Volcano Vista. Several others will have new quarterbacks as well.

Some of the aforementioned schools already know who the starting quarterback will be. Other schools plan spirited competitions in  preseason camp to see who wins the job. Here is how the quarterback situation breaks down around the state:

STARTING QB DECIDED:

Centennial – Ian Lopez Ian Lopez QB Centennial | 2022 State NM . Lopez saw action this spring behind dual threat Karsten Rueckner Karsten Rueckner 5'10" | QB Centennial | 2021 State NM , who signed with Eastern New Mexico, but now the job is Lopez’s on a full-time basis. Lopez threw a 54-yard TD pass in the spring opening win over Onate.

“Ian actually played well at times,” Centennial coach Aaron Ocampo told Prep Redzone New Mexico. “In our last two games, due to some injuries, whoever wasn’t playing quarterback between Karsten and Ian played running back. We feel really good about Ian’s leadership and his knowledge of the system. He has that moxy to him. We’re excited

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