It’s all offense in Jags’ district-opening win

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Fortunately for the Valencia High football team, the majority of Friday night’s hard-to-believe statistics belong to the Jaguars.

 

The Jaguars and the visiting Grants Pirates combined for 18 touchdowns and 1,226 yards of total offense in the District 6-4A opener for both squads, won by the Jags, 82-46.

The Jags (6-0, 1-0) zoomed out to a 13-0 lead on first-quarter runs by Isaac Gonzales and Jude Pepke, and it looked as though Valencia was
off to its usual fast start. But the spread offense of the Pirates (4-2, 0-1) kept putting points on the board.

Valencia led 61-26 at the half, as the teams went back and forth. The Jags stayed so far ahead in part because of their quick-strike drives, many of which lasted only a few plays. They also had excellent field position.

Pepke, the VHS quarterback, was 4-of-5 passing for 141 yards, with all four completions going for touchdowns. Gonzales, Noah Brown and Carlos Griego each contributed at least one touchdown and 100 of the Jags’ 541 rushing yards. Roberto Carrasco and James Gallegos were also in on VHS scoring plays.

Gonzales led the Jags with 171 rushing yards.

Grants quarterback Ryan Ramirez was 30-of-46 for 429 yards through the air, easily the most Valencia has surrendered, including all six of his team’s touchdowns. Neither team lined up to punt, and each squad had 26 first downs.

The Belen Eagles and Los Lunas Tigers are idle this weekend. Belen plays at Los Lunas on Friday, Oct. 7, while the Jaguars travel to Gallup High. Updates on both contests will be available on the News-Bulletin’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Look for more coverage in the Wednesday, Oct. 5 issue of the News-Bulletin.