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The Los Lunas Tigers are still unbeaten having won Friday night’s game against Valley High School with a score of 54-7. The game was called in the third quarter in accordance to the NMAA’s mercy rule.

 

Even on the road, the Tigers continue to dominate

It was another dominant performance for the Los Lunas High School football team, whose record now stands at 8-0 (2-0 in district play.)

The Tigers traveled to Albuquerque on Friday, Oct. 15, to take on the Valley High School Viking’s under the blaring lights and fan noise of the impressive Milne Stadium.

The Tigers stalked away with a 54-7 victory, completely shutting down the Vikings on their “home” turf. The game was halted in the third quarter in accordance with the New Mexico Activities Association’s mercy rule, which states: “When a team is ahead by 35 or more points, the clock will not stop during out of bounds, incomplete passes or first downs. The clock only stops for timeouts or scores. If the point differential becomes less than 35 points, regular timing resumes. A game is ended at halftime or during the second half if a team is 50 or more points behind.”

Los Lunas quarterback Paul Cieremans came out of the gate like a house on fire. He completed five passes on 11 attempts for 91 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. However, most of Cieremans’ production came from his legs.

The 5-foot, 11-inch tall Los Lunas High School junior was the team’s leading rusher on the night, racking up 97 yards on nine carries and running one in for a touchdown.

Most of the Tigers’ impact came from the team’s stiff rushing attack. Cieremans is a dual-threat quarterback, making him a threat to defenses with his arm and legs. Planning to cover him when he rushes the ball takes valuable defense away from other positions.

The Tigers took full advantage of that, pushing the Valley defense to one side of the field before handing off to a running back to gain major yardage. Though junior Cash Aragon got the most carries and posted a strong statline (22 yards on six rushes and a touchdown) the leading running back of the night was senior Karlos Cieremans, who ran for 55 yards on five carries with a longest run of 33 yards and two touchdowns.

In the air, most of the destruction on the receiving end was caused by Tigers wide receiver Emilio Mora III, who caught five balls for 66 yards and two touchdowns. His longest catch was 32 yards.

The Tigers look to continue their undefeated season when they face off against the 1-7 Del Norte Knights at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22, at Los Lunas High School.

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Taylor Hood, for the Valencia County News-Bulletin