Football results from Friday, Sept. 14

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One of the Valencia County high school football teams playing at home won easily Friday, while the other lost.

The third team got a huge confidence-boosting road win.

Los Lunas beat Del Norte by mercy rule, 51-3, in its Homecoming game. Valencia suffered a 49-16 home loss to Artesia.

Belen won in overtime, 34-33, at Moriarty, and had to erase a 27-0 third-quarter deficit to do it.

Los Lunas scored 37 points in the second quarter of its blowout win, which made the Tigers 3-0 on the season. Jalen Chavez’s 78-yard touchdown run was part of his 145 yards on the ground.

Chris Wisneski was 6-for-10 passing for 106 yards and ran for two scores. Sasha Gallegos and Darron Gallegos also scored rushing touchdowns.

Los Lunas is at home again next Friday, Sept. 21, when it hosts Sandia. The Matadors beat Volcano Vista on Friday, 31-14.

At Valencia, Artesia quarterback Drew Houghtaling completed 25-of-33 passes for 343
yards with no interceptions and five touchdowns as the Bulldogs build a 28-9 halftime lead.

The Bulldogs might have put up more points, were it not for 86 yards in penalties. Each team lost three fumbles in the contest.
Josh Burbank scored on a 63-yard run, Caleb Crum kicked a 20-yard field goal and Trase Peperas scored from one yard out to account for Valencia’s scoring. Burbank had 88 rushing yards for Valencia, which faces Atrisco Heritage at Milne Stadium on Thursday.

Belen trailed at Moriarty 27-0 in the third quarter before storming back for an impressive road win.

The Eagles (3-0) tied the game 27-27 on a touchdown in the last 40 seconds of regulation on Nick Kurtz’s 9-yard pass to Wyatt Robinson and Tristen Baca’s extra-point kick, set up by an Eliseo Aguirre fumble recovery at the Moriarty 22-yard line.

In overtime, Belen quarterback Nick Kurtz ran it into the end zone from 4 yards out to put his team up 34-27. But Moriarty running back Chris Lucero came right back with a 3-yard touchdown run.

Pintos coach Bob Allcorn then called a timeout, and his boys went for the conversion and the win. But Lucero was stopped at the 2 and was pushed back to hand the victory to the Eagles.

Kurtz rushed for two scores and 63 yards in the game, and was only 10-of-25 passing, but for 133 more yards. Robinso rushed for 69 yards.

Belen only ran the ball 20 times, amassing 150 yards, and won despite the Pintos running the ball an incredible 60 times for 357 yards.

The Eagles are set to play next Friday at Goddard (3-0), which won 21-17 at Rio Rancho High on Sept. 14.

Look for complete football coverage in the Wednesday, Sept. 18 issue of the News-Bulletin.