Jaguars beat Eagles, Tigers edge Miyamura
All that needed to happen to set up a District 6-4A title showdown next week was the Valencia High football team to keep doing what it had done all season.
For the undefeated Jaguars on Friday, that meant starting fast,scoring a ton of points, and getting their first-ever win over county rival Belen, 56-32.
The win, combined with Los Lunas’ 39-34 win at Miyamura, sets up next Friday’s VHS home game against Los Lunas to be a battle for the 6-4A title.
The Jaguars (9-0 overall, 4-0 in District 6-4A) scored the first 21 points against the host Eagles (5-3, 1-3), and led 28-6 by the end of the first quarter.
“It didn’t matter who carried the ball, because our offensive line had an outstanding night,” said Valencia coach Kelley Lee. “Belen didn’t quit, and played hard the whole way.”
Valencia, ranked No. 3 in this week’s Class 4A coaches association poll, only ran 20 offensive plays in the first half, scoring on seven of them. Robert Carrasco scored on a 26-yard run, caught a TD pass and threw a pair of halfback-option touchdown passes.
Noah Brown scored twice, and Jude Pepke threw for a score and ran for another. Pepke and Carrasco were a combined 7-of-7 through the air for 183 yards.
“We threw more than we usually do, and that opened things up for us to start running the ball,” Lee said.
The eighth-ranked Eagles were led by Xavier Armijo, who had 186 rushing yards on 32 carries.
Quarterback Nick Kurtz scored on a 48-yard run in the first half before leaving the game with an possible concussion. He went down after a helmet-to-helmet collision with 4:40 left in the second quarter and appeared to be out cold; he was taken from the field on a backboard and was transported in an ambulance. No word was available on his condition.
In the win by Los Lunas (8-1, 4-0) Jalen Chavez rushed for more than 250 yards on only 15 carries. A fourth-quarter, eight-play, 56-yard drive ended with Darron Gallegos scoring the winning touchdown on a 5-yard run with about three minutes left in the game.
The Tiiger defense then applied enough quarterback pressure and pass coverage to force Miyamura to turn the ball over on downs on four straight incomplete passes. The LLHS offense then ran out the clock, aided by a Ruger Rodriguez 13-yard pass to Jeremy Tabet on a 4th-and-7 play.
More details will be added to this story when available.
Look for more football coverage in the Wednesday, Nov. 2 issue of the News-Bulletin.
Tiger-Jaguar football tickets
Tickets for the Friday, Nov. 4 Los Lunas football game at Valencia will be pre-sold. Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. LLHS will sell tickets Friday, Nov. 4 only; at the football ticket booth from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.; at the athletics office from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., and again at the ticket booth from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the Los Lunas Schools athletics office, located at Century High, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during regular school hours. At Valencia High, tickets will be sold Thursday only out of the athletic secretary’s office from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.