Tigers’ season ends in quarterfinals at Artesia

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Despite a valiant effort and some amazing plays, the Los Lunas High football team’s season ended in the Class 4A state quarterfinals ended Friday with a 35-13 loss at Artesia.

 

The No. 5 seeded Tigers end the year with a 9-3 record. An interception by Chris Sanchez set up a first-quarter 1-yard dive by quarterback Chris Wisneski for an early 7-0 Tiger lead.

Artesia (6-5) didn’t move the ball on offense as well as it had against other teams, but made enough big plays on both sides of the ball to pull away. A pair of long second-quarter pass completions by Bulldog quarterback Skylor Morton led to a 14-7 Artesia halftime lead.

A Tiger fumble deep in their own territory early in the third quarter led to another Arteisa score, and a 96-yard scoring drive by the Bulldogs put them up 28-7. Wisneski then threw a 10-yard score Jeremy Tabet, but a Trevor Whitmire’s interception return put the game out of reach with 2:31 left.

Wisneski was 11-of-28 passing for 145 yards with two interceptions. Jalen Chavez had 83 rushing yards.

Morton was 16-of-25 for 301 yards with one touchdown and was intercepted twice by Sanchez and once by Darrin Drummond.

Artesia advances to play No. 1 Goddard in next week’s semifinals. The Rockets beat visiting Moriarty 42-21 in Roswell on Friday.

Look for more details in the Wednesday, Nov. 23 issue of the News-Bulletin.