For the first time in school history, the Los Lunas High School football team will be competing for the state Class 4A championship on Friday.
The entire county couldn’t be more proud of these young men, their coaches and the school for their undefeated season, and we send our best wishes for a great game on Friday night.
It’s not easy what the team has accomplished. For decades, the LLHS football team has worked hard to try and make it to the finals. And finally, after a spectacular season, they’ve finally made it. The state championship football game will kick off at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7, at Willie Chavez Field.
The Belen Eagle football team almost made it to the state championship as well, but the Goddard Rockets — who the Tigers will play on Friday for the title — were just a bit too much for them. We are also proud of the Eagles, and have high hopes for them next year.
Since both teams made the semifinals in the same year —another first — we were hoping for a Belen-Los Lunas matchup. With the improved quality of high school football over the past few years, it’s possible we could see two county teams fighting for a state title in one of the next few seasons.
As we continue to celebrate the Tigers’ winning season, and look forward to Friday night’s game, let us all remember that these young men represent each one of us, regardless of whether you’re a Tiger, an Eagle or a Jaguar. The Tigers, with a home-field advantage on Friday night, will be representing all of Valencia County.
We look not only for the players to stay focused and practice their best sportsmanship, but good citizenship from fans is expected as well.
This would be a great time to leave negative behavior at home — just bring your positive energy to Willie Chavez Field.
Fans will be representing not only Los Lunas and its school, but also the entire county. It’s important to show Goddard fans that Valencia County can promote and host a championship sporting event, with everyone at the facility showing sportsmanlike behavior and thinking of others. A lot of visitors will be in town — you might be the only “Valencia County” out-of-town fans ever get to see.