WEB EXCLUSIVE: Los Lunas moves to 2-0 with Game of the Week win

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Both the Belen Eagles and the Los Lunas Tigers remained undefeated, winning in impressive fashion Friday night to remain undefeated in the young 2013 season. 

In the News-Bulletin’s Game of the Week, Los Lunas (2-0) again triggered the mercy-rule, defeating the visiting Alamogordo Tigers (0-1). Belen traveled to Milne Stadium and defeated Albuquerque Del Norte (1-1) 56-30.

You can read all about the Eagles’ win in Thursday’s edition of the News-Bulletin. And don’t forget that we’ll have Game of the Week coverage again tomorrow morning for the Valencia High-Albuquerque Rio Grande game at VHS Saturday afternoon.

GAME OF THE WEEK: LOS LUNAS 42, ALAMOGORDO 7

Kenn Rodriguez-News-Buletin photo: LOS LUNAS HIGH’S JALEN CHAVEZ is lifted in celebration by Dakota Wood (58) as Randy Moore (16) looks on during the Tigers’ 42-7 win over Alamogordo Friday night.

Another week, another mercy rule win over another team of Tigers for LLHS as senior wideout Chris Sanchez caught three touchdown passes and senior running back Jalen Chavez added two running touchdowns in a another dominating home win for the Tigers of Los Lunas.

Alamogordo and the hometown Tigers each kept each other scoreless in the first quarter, but LLHS broke the scoring drought at the 11 minute mark of the second half when Darron Gallegos connected on a halfback option pass to Chris Sanchez for a 57-yard touchdown.

40 seconds later, after a 3-and-out for the visiting Tigers, Los Lunas struck again when Anthony Sanchez found Chris Sanchez in the end zone for a 31-yard pass.

Freshman halfback O’Maury Samuels finished the second quarter scoring burst with a nine yard run and the home Tigers led 21-0 at halftime.

“Their defense played well, they have some big athletic kids,” said LLHS coach Duane Toliver. “It took us a while to figure them out and get us rolling. We didn’t come out (in the first quarter) as well as we’d like but we were able to make some adjustments on the run.”

Alamogordo held Los Lunas on defense to open the third quarter, and aided by a pair of LLHS penalties, moved to the home Tigers’ half-yard line where quarterback Conrad Collins ran the ball in for a 1-yard touchdown that seemed brought riled the large pro-LLHS crowd and got Los Lunas’ riled.

“We came out a little flat, but that’s the sign of a good team,” Toliver said. “They rose up.”

An untimely holding penalty brought the home Tigers’ next offensive drive to a halt, but the Los Lunas defense shut down Alamogordo in three plays on the next possession. A poor 27-yard punt gave the home Tigers the ball at the visiting Tigers’ 27- yard line and two plays later Chavez slashed his way to the end zone for a touchdown.

Two possessions later, the Los Lunas defense again harassed Collins and the Alamogordo offense into a punting situation. Instead, the visiting Tigers turned the ball over on downs after a mishandled snap.

Chavez again scored two plays after the punting miscue, running in on a seven-yard run.

Chris Sanchez and Anthony Sanchez connected on LLHS’ final score, an eight-yard touchdown pass with 10:18 left in the game that triggered the mercy rule’s running clock.

“Our defense really helped us,” said Chavez. “They gave us great field position (all game) and just kept us in the game the whole time. We couldn’t have done it without our defense being strong tonight.” 

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