Football results from Friday, Nov. 23
On Friday, one Valencia County high school football team was trying to make it back to the Class 4A semifinals. Another was trying to get there for the first time.
Both were successful.
In Los Lunas,, the host Tigers (11-0) rolled to a Class 4A state quarterfinal win, putting LLHS in the semifinals for the first time in team history. The Tigers will play at Aztec at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.
In Belen,the host Eagles won handily, 40-6 over Deming in another Class 4A quarterfinal. The Eagles will make their fourth appearance in the semifinals in the past five seasons when they travel to Roswell next weekend to take on Goddard. The exact date and time has not yet been determined.
Los Lunas, the No.2 seed in 4A , rushed for 366 yards in its win over the Panthers (9-3).
The Tigers got three touchdown runs from Jalen Chavez, who rushed for 192 yards on the night. Darron Gallegos added 119 yards and a score, and Chris Wisneski completed six of his nine passes, including touchdown throws to Chris Sanchez and Jacob Holland.
Piedra Vista’s only score came in the second quarter on a 10-yard TD pass from Isaiah Valdez to Bryson Martinez. The Panthers were held to 136 yards of total offense.
On Saturday, Aztec won a thrilling 61-55 overtime decision in its quarterfinal at Artesia. Each team turned the ball over four times, and Aztec tied the game in the final 10 seconds of regulation to force overtime.
Los Lunas played at Aztec (7-4) in the season opener, winning 50-28.
Like Los Lunas, No. 4-seeded Belen also built a sizable first-half lead Friday. Quarterback Chris Peralta ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in front of a vocal home crowd.
Senior tailback Xavy Armijo racked up 218 yards on 28 carries and scored the game’s first two touchdowns to put Belen up 14-0. Deming tailback Ismail Garrett then ripped off a 76-yard run to the Belen 1-yard line. Quarterback David Padron ran it in on the next play to make the halftime score 20-6.
Wyatt Robinson scored on a five-yard run to make it 27-6, before Peralta ran it in from the Deming 20-yard line to make it 34-6.
Peralta found Dylan Greenlee for a 12-yard touchdown pass midway through the fourth quarter for the final score of the evening.
Peralta ran for 118 yards on 18 carries.
Top-seeded Goddard beat visiting Moriarty on Friday, 34-7.
Look for more football coverage and semifinal previews in the Wednesday, Nov. 28 issue of the News-Bulletin.