More victories for county football teams
Two of Valencia County’s football teams remained undefeated with wins on Friday, Sept. 23, while the other won its fourth straight game on Saturday.
The Belen Eagles celebrated Homecoming with a 35-8 win over visiting Los Alamos, while the Valencia Jaguars raced out to an early lead en route to a 55-0 win at Bloomfield.
The Los Lunas Tigers ran over the Atrisco Heritage Academy Jaguars on Saturday at Wilson Stadium in Albuquerque, 50-6.
Belen (4-0) got four touchdwon runs and 89 rushing yards from junior Xavier Armijo. The tailback scored on first-half runs of 2 yards, 26 yards and 1 yard to help his team build a 21-0 halftime lead.
“All of our linemen bust their butts in practice and out here, and put in the extra time to get better, and open up big holes for the backs,” Armijo said.
Armijo and Valentino Barron each had short touchdown runs in the third quarter. Los Alamos put together a scoring drive in the game’s final moments.
Most of the the second half was played with a running clock per the 35-point mercy rule.
Belen dominated in rushing yards, 322-66. Barron had 62 of those yards, while quarterback Nick Kurtz had 130.
The Eagles are idle until their District 6-4A opener at Los Lunas on Friday, Oct. 7.
Valencia (5-0) beat Bloomfield by nearly the same score as last year. The Jags opened up a 22-0 lead by the end of one quarter, led 43-0 at the half, and had score all of the night’s points by the end of the third quarter.
After Bloomfield recovered a misplayed squib-kick on the opening kickoff, Bloomfield recovered near the Valencia 20-yard line. The Jaguars’ Clayton Jones made a tackle on a fourth-down stand to end the threat, and two plays later, Noah Brown went 82 yards for the game’s first score.
Brown, Isaac Gonzales, Carlos Griego and Robert Carrasco each scored a pair of the Jags’ eight touchdowns. VHS coach Kelley Lee said it was difficult for the Jags to avoid ending the game at halftime per the 50-point mercy rule.
The coach said he estimates Brown, Griego and Gonzales each had around 100 rushing yards or more. James Gallegos had three interceptions for the Jaguars, and quarterback Jude Pepke was 4-of-5 passing for close to 100 yards.
The game was delayed about 25 minutes late in the second quarter while a Bloomfield player was removed from the field with a possible serious injury.
The Jags, ranked No. 4 in this week’s Class 4A coaches association poll, host Grants for their 6-4A opener on Friday, Sept. 30.
Saturday, Los Lunas (4-1) scored on some long drives in the first half, going up 22-0 by halftime, but struck more quickly in the second half.
Sophomore fullback Darron Gallegos had a breakout game, rushing for 221 yards on 35 carries and a touchdown in the game.
Quarterback Chris Wisneski, fresh off a State Farm Player of the Week award, rushed for 108 yards and scored twice on only four carries, including a 69-yard TD run in the third quarter. He also completed 5-of-7 passes for 95 yards, throwing touchdown passes to Jacob Holland and Chris Sanchez.
Jalen Chavez’s 65 rushing yards including a pair of touchdown runs.
Look for more coverage in the Wednesday, Sept. 28 issue of the News-Bulletin.