When La Joya Juarez-Lincoln put sophomore Albert Martinez into the varsity lineup for the first time against La Joya Palmview three weeks ago, he could barely figure out where to stand.

“The first couple of plays, I was lining him up whether he was on the line or off the line,” Juarez-Lincoln coach Tommy Garcia said. “But after that, he was playing like if he was a veteran.”

A receiver and change-of-pace back with quickness and elusiveness, Martinez has become a valuable weapon in the Huskies offense.

He set new career bests in every category during last week’s loss to McAllen High, carrying six times for 94 yards and a score while catching two passes for 58 yards.

“He’s a player,” Garcia said. “He has very good vision, and we really like what we see from him.”

Juarez-Lincoln came away with a 35-19 loss but scored three touchdowns in the second half and racked up 405 yards of total offense.

Garcia said the Huskies were hurt by a questionable call on a would-be touchdown pass that was ruled an interception on simultaneous possession in the end zone.

“Any time you have over 400 yards on offense, that’s a good night,” Garcia said. “I was hoping for a little bit more in the red zone, but I think we did enough offensively to win.”