Football results from the weekend of Sept. 7-8

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There were key wins for two Valencia County teams in week two of high school football season.

The third one is still looking for its first win.

The Belen Eagles and Los Lunas Tigers both handled their opponents Friday. The Eagles celebrated Homecoming week with a 48-7 win over Del Norte, while the Tigers rolled to a 20-0 win at Alamogordo.

Valencia High lost to Rio Grande on Saturday afternoon at Albuquerque’s Milne Stadium, 18-15.

After a lightning delay led to a kickoff just before 8 p.m., Belen (2-0) didn’t have much trouble with Del Norte. The Eagles got two first-half touchdown runs from Wyatt Robinson.

Andrew Castillo had an exciting second-quarter, 42-yard fumble return for a score. Castillo added a 17-yard touchdown run later in the half, and Nick Kurtz scored from nine yards out to give Belen a 35-0 halftime lead.

The Eagles got second-half scoring runs from Xavier Armijo and Trenton Barba, and the reserves got playing time as the mercy-rule clock was running.

Del Norte’s Daryl Wiggins scored on a 17-yard run with 4:38 left in the contest to avert the shutout.

Belen outrushed the Knights, 388-184. There was steady rain throughout most of the game.

Belen plays at Moriarty on Friday, Sept. 14.

The Class 4A Tigers led 12-0 at halftime of their game at 5A Alamogordo. Chris Wisneski and Jalen Chavez scored touchdowns. Chavez finished the night with 102 rushing yards.

Wisneski finished with 70 passing yards. Isaac Parra scored on a 3-yard run for the only touchdown of the second half.

The Tigers host Del Norte at 7 p.m. next Friday. It will be both their Homecoming game and home opener.

Valencia (0-2) spotted Rio Grande an 18-0 lead on a pair of touchdown drives and a fumble that was returned for a score. VHS junior quarterback Anthony Gonzales, in a relief role, threw two second-half touchdown passes to Andrew Yamamoto, but the Ravens (1-1) recovered an onside kick with 1:58 left in the game.

VHS hosts Artesia for a 7 p.m. game on Friday

For complete football recaps, see the Wednesday, Sept. 12 issue of the News-Bulletin.