Football: Tigers edge Eagles, Jags get second district win

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After Friday night’s high school football action, Los Lunas had its first District 6-4A win, and Valencia had its second.

 

And the Belen Eagles’ run of 32 consecutive regular-season wins was over.

In a district opener that was played in a steady rain, the Los Lunas Tigers got a late Chris Wisneski touchdown run and held on for a 21-13 win over Belen in the 59th annual Valencia Bowl. The win broke a three-game skid for the Tigers in the series.

At Gallup, the Valencia Jaguars rolled to a 42-0 win over the Gallup Bengals.

Los Lunas (5-1 overall, 1-0 in 6-4A) took a 21-13 lead over Belen with 4:30 left in the fourth quarter. Wisneski, the Tiger quarterback scored on a 9-yard run, and Ruger Rodriguez passed to Isaac Parra for the 2-point conversion.

The Tigers held the Eagles on their final two possessions. 
Both teams struggled to get much going early. A Wisneski 35-yard run and a 7-yard run up the middle by Belen quarterback Nick Kurtz left the teams in a 7-7 draw at the half.

Wisneski finished with 93 rushing yards and was 4-of-5 passing for 43 yards. Darron Gallegos had 85 yards, and completed a running-back option pass to Jacob Holland to set up Wisneski’s game-winning TD run. 
Xavier Armijo rushed for 59 yards for the Eagles (4-1, 0-1), who suffered their first district loss since 2007. Kurtz ran for 57 yards, but was 3-for-11 with two interceptions. 
Valencia (7-0, 2-0) got off to a great start when Isaac Gonzales ran back the opening kickoff more than 80 yards for a score. It was one of three touchdowns of the night for Gonzales, who had 178 yards rushing on only eight carries, according to VHS coach Kelley Lee. 
Fullback Noah Brown had 120 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and Carlos Griego added 80 yards and a score on only eight carries. Lee said there was some blowing snow, but mostly just unseasonably cold temperatures. 
Belen plays at Gallup (2-4, 0-1) on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. On Friday, Oct. 14, Valencia plays Miyamura in Gallup and Los Lunas is at Grants. 
Look for more coverage in the Wednesday, Oct. 12 issue of the News-Bulletin.