Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Coach Turns Robertson Into a Contender.(Sports)

Byline: Pete Herrera The Associated Press

Abreu Started With Tougher Schedule

Robertson coach Art Abreu chuckles when asked to describe the state of the school's football program when he took it over a decade ago. He considers his options and settles on "functional."

"Is that politically correct?" Abreu asks rhetorically. "They've had some tough times in the past."

Tough as in 31 straight losses in the 1970s at the time the longest losing streak in the state.

But the Cardinals are a lot more than functional these days. They're the top-ranked team in 3A and daring to think a state championship a first for the northern New Mexico school is a possibility. …

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