Tigers win, Eagles fall in Oct. 21 games
With two weeks left in the regular season, the Los Lunas High football team has momentum, while the Belen Eagles have some things to shore up.
On Friday, Oct. 21, Los Lunas rolled to a home 47-15 win over th Gallup Bengals, while Belen lost a 50-47 shootout contest with Miyamura at BHS.
The Tigers, ranked No. 4 in this week’s coaches association poll, gave junior Ruger Rodriguez his first varsity start, as Chris Wisneski might be out for the season with a knee injury.
Rodriguez was a part of several big plays as the Tigers improved to 7-1 overall, 3-0 in District 6-4A.
Rodriguez scored on a 1-yard run, threw touchdown passes of 73 yards to Isaac Parra and 36 yards to Chris Sanchez. He was 5-of-6 for 126 yards through the air.
Jalen Chavez scored three touchdowns, including a 74-yarder, and Darron Gallegos had a rushing score as well. Los Lunas led 28-7 at the half.
The Tigers outrsuhed the Bengals (3-5, 0-3) by a 223 to 74 margin. Gallup QB Nick August completed 16-of-35 passes for 167 yards, throwing for a score and running for another, but the Tigers picked him off twice
At Belen, the host Eagles (5-2, 1-2) the last of his quarterback Nick Kurtz’s three fourth-quarter rushing touchdowns with 56 seconds left in the game. However, Miyamura’s Johnny Montano recovered the ensuing onside kick and allowed the Patriots to run out the clock.
The Eagles, who had closed a 50-32 gap with an 18-yard run by Kurtz with 3:17 to play, recovered the onside kick that allowed them to drive and score on Kurtz’s run in the final minute.
Miyamura quarterback Zach Shank completed 17-of-30 passes for 270 yards, including one TD pass, and his team rushed for 197 yards. Kevin Arviso’s 144 rushing yards included three scores.
The Eagles got 114 rushing yards and a touchdown from Wyatt Robinson. They also got 113 rushing yards apiece from Kurtz and Xavier Armijo, and Danny Chavez scored twice.
Belen turned the ball over four times; the Patriots (3-5, 1-2) only twice.
Miyamura hosts Los Lunas next Friday. Belen hosts third-ranked and undefeated Valencia High, which has a bye this week.
On Friday, Nov. 4, the regular season ends with Los Lunas traveling to Valencia and Belen heading to Grants.
Look for more coverage in the Wednesday, Oct. 26 issue of the News-Bulletin.