Valencia 48, Moriarty 6

Andres Lucero

VHS quarterback Andres Lucero looks for a target.

Putting the disappointment of last week’s road loss behind them, Valencia High School almost shut out Moriarty in a 48-6 win at Jaguar Stadium.

“I thought we had some better practices,” head coach Wes Shank said of his team’s win. “We had two short weeks in a row, and we missed out on some practices. I think that hurt us. We finally had a Friday game and a couple of good practices, and it showed.”

The Jaguars (3-1) moved slow on their first drive, gaining only five yards in the series before the Pintos (1-3) forced a punt. However, on the next drive, senior quarterback Andres Lucero threw an 18-yard touchdown to senior wide receiver Devon Martinez.

Martinez, who had been injured since the team’s preseason scrimmage, caught two touchdowns in his return.

Adam Aragon

Valencia left tackle Adam Aragon gets set for a play against Moriarty. The Jags have relied on their offensive line frequently this season in the team’s new offense formations.

“My coaches were telling me I probably wasn’t going to play very much,” said Martinez. “Then, they told me I was starting. I was a little nervous cutting, but I just had to get it out of my head and play like I used to play.”

Andres Lucero threw three more touchdown passes to senior receiver Robbie Jaramillo. Jaramillo finished the game with 183 receiving yards, and Lucero passed for 263 yards. Senior Nayati Harris and junior Ryan Thompson both rushed into the endzone for the team’s remaining touchdowns.

VHS Defense

The Jaguar defense gets a stop. 

The team’s defense also played at a high level. Moriarty converted only two first downs in the first half, one of which coming from an offsides penalty called on the Jags.

“It worked out,” said defensive coordinator Darius Cage. “Guys did their job, and that’s all it took.”

Next up for the Valencia is their homecoming game against Santa Teresa (4-0) at Jaguar Stadium.

Belen 41, Highland 0

Belen breezed past Highland in a 41-0 win at Milne Stadium on Friday night.

“Our goal was to learn from Artesia and come out firing,” said head coach Greg Henington. “We did that. What we were really looking for was clean up on mental errors and silly penalties, and that is what we accomplished.”

The Eagles (3-1) built a 28-0 lead in the first half and never looked back. Junior quarterback Luke Aragon completed 10 of his 12 passes for 100 yards and four touchdowns.

Senior running back Diego Casillas rushed for the other two touchdowns, finishing the game with 138 yards on 18 carries.

On the defensive side of the ball, senior linebacker Phillip Barajas tallied 13 total tackles ― including 2 for a loss of yards.

Coach Henington said the win was a team effort.

“The team stood out,” Henington said. “Our offensive line played a great game.”

The Eagles’ next challenge will come on the road when they visit Piedra Vista (2-2) at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Los Lunas 20, Roswell 42

Top-ranked Los Lunas High School suffered their first loss of the season as Roswell beat the Tigers 42-20 in Los Lunas.

The Tigers (3-1) were able to keep up with the Coyotes (2-1) early in the game. At halftime, the score was 7-7.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, Roswell picked things up in the second half by outscoring Los Lunas 21-7 in the third quarter.

“They whipped us,” said head coach Jeremy Maupin. “We will get better, but give them all the credit. They whipped us.”

Los Lunas’ next game will be on the road when they face Cibola (3-1) on Saturday.

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