Fall sports recap for Friday, 11-2-12

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Friday, Nov. 2 brought a lot of exciting triumphs for Valencia County athletes.

In the most highly attended event Friday, the Belen High football team rolled to a 48-7 win at Valencia, rushing for 328 yards and leading 28-7 at the half. The Jags scored first, but Belen got 198 yards and three touchdowns from Xavier Armijo, one each from Trenton Barba, Chris Peralta and Wyatt Robinson, and a 16-yard pass from Peralta to Robinson.

The outcome makes it an uphill battle to the get into the playoffs for Valencia, which is 3-6 overall and 3-1 in District 6-4A. They play at Los Lunas High in next Friday’s regular-season finale, while the Eagles (7-2, 3-1) host Grants and seem destined for the state playoffs for certain.

In Friday’s most intense, thrilling finish, the Los Lunas High boys soccer team earned a 3-2 home shootout win in the first round of the Class state tournament. The Tigers did just enough to win, misfiring on many chances but getting goals from Said Aguilera, Valentin Corea and Mario  E. Garcia in the shootout.

Tiger goalkeeper Dylan Romero was huge, stopping two shots in the shootout. The final attempt sailed high, and fans stormed Volunteer Field to celebrate with the team.

Los Lunas faces Los Alamos in the quarterfinals at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday at the APS Soccer Complex.

In cross country, the Los Lunas girls and Belen boys advanced to next Saturday’s state championships by winning their District 6-4A titles at Grants. The Valencia girls placed second to advance to state as well.

In individual placing, Kendra Lente of Lunas won the girls title, while Aaron Romero of Belen placed first in the boys race.

Several county athletes earned all-district honors by placing in the top 10. Michael Brown of Los Lunas earned a provisional qualification for state.

Belen’s Arena Lewis was favored to win the girls race, but she she went off the course by mistake, and ended up 47th and didn’t qualify for state.

Look for more coverage of all of these stories in the Wednesday, Nov. 7 issue of the News-Bulletin.