Tigers crush Hilltoppers in football playoffs, 55-0

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If the Los Lunas High football team was trying to make a statement Friday, the statement might have been “We’re an potent football team.”

 

The host Tigers, the No. 5 seed in the Class 4A playoffs, only needed about two and a half quarters to eliminate the No. 12-seeded Hilltoppers in a 55-0 mercy-rule win.

The Tigers (9-2), who advance to play at No. 4 seed Artesia next weekend, rushed for more than 400 yards and had 519 yards of total offense.

The Tigers scored on their first offensive play on a 91-yard run by Jalen Chavez. Los Lunas scored two more touchdowns by the end of the first quarter and four more in the second to lead 49-0 at the half.

Chris Wisneski, playing for the first time since an October knee injury, threw touchdown passes to Eddie Canizo and Chris Sanchez. Wisneski also ran for a 35-yard score.

Another player overcoming a knee injury, DeVante Roy, returned to the lineup after more than two months of absence, had a pair of TD runs.

An 8-yard touchdown run by Brandon Casias with 6:07 left in the third quarter ended the game per the 50-point mercy rule.
The Tigers intercepted four of LAHS quarterback Danny Finn’s eight pass attempts. The Los Alamos offense never got to touch the ball in the second half.
The ‘Toppers (6-5) Los Alamos managed only three first downs in the game, and only 77 total yards. Arnoldo Ortiz led Los Alamos with 48 rushing yards.

The Tigers’ trip to Artesia will be either Friday or Saturday, Nov. 18 or 19. The game time and exact date had not been agreed upon by the two schools yet.

The No. 3 Valencia Jaguars’ quarterfinal against No. 6 Farmington High will be played at VHS at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19. The Scorpions beat visiting No. 11 St. Pius 34-20 on Friday.

Look for more football coverage in the Wednesday, Nov. 16 issue of the News-Bulletin.