Video: Centennial High football team shows questionable practice techniques

New Mexico

Video of a vicious hit at a high school football practice has people concerned about what the coach is doing there. It happened during an organized drill in front of the coach, and it appears to be condoned.

It’s hard to believe that this can still happen in this day and age, where so much emphasis has been placed on concussions and proper tackling. A video was shot during practice at powerhouse Centennial High School in Las Cruces. 

The video from fall 2017 shows two students being hyped up by their teammates. Front and center in the crowd is head coach Aaron Ocampo, as one player goes into a sprint and delivers a full speed hit with the top of his helmet on a helpless teammate. That type of spearing has been banned in every level of football.

According to the New Mexico Activities Association football bylaws, that type of hit is also banned in practice. In a game, that would lead to a personal foul and possible ejection.

The NMAA says the school district was aware of this video when it first surfaced two seasons ago, and the district dealt with it internally.

A spokesperson with the Las Cruces School District told KRQE News 13 in a statement, they do not condone this type of behavior. KRQE asked if Ocampo was ever disciplined but they would not say.

KRQE News 13 did reach Coach Ocampo, but he declined to comment on the story. Centennial High went 11-1 last season, losing in the state semis.

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