The Los Lunas YAFL varsity division Tigers ran their record to 2-0 with a 20-0 win over the Eldorado Eagles.
For the second week in a row, the Tigers had a running back surpass 200 yards rushing. Last week, it was tailback Buddy Dillow Jr. This week it was fullback Keith Sanchez, who scored on touchdown runs of 70 and 50 yards.
Dillow also got in on the action with his fourth touchdown of the season – a 20-yard run that ended the scoring.
Assistant coach Lawrence Valenzuela credited the offensive line for the team’s success on the ground the last two weeks. Among the group are Antonio Morales, Luke Vandi and Leland Sanchez.
The Tiger defense, which recorded its second straight shutout, was led by Callen Scoggins, Isiah Pena, Jerry Hunter, Cooper Bowman and John Grady.
The team’s head coach is Buddy Dillow Sr. He is assisted by Tom Grady, Mike Summerlin and Valenzuela.
A great defensive effort led the Belen rookies to a 30-6 victory over the Highland Hornets. The win gives the Eagles two victories in as many outings this season.
Belen’s defense accounted for the Eagles’ first two scores. Late in the first quarter, Anthony Chavez intercepted a pass at the Hornet 15-yard-line and ran it in for a touchdown. In the third quarter, Jeremiah Carroll recovered a fumble in the end zone for another Belen TD.
The Eagle defense also set-up the next score when Steven Contreras recovered a Highland fumble. On the next play, quarterback Dillon Barba ran a bootleg in from 12 yards.
Belen’s final touchdown came in the final period when Luke Estrada broke loose for a 60-yard TD-run.
Daniel Goldberg converted 3 of 4 extra-points kicks (worth two points).
Other defensive standouts were Jonathan Garcia, Casey McDonald, Trevor Armijo, Samson Chavez, Patrick Garcia, Derek Bailey, Cody Hardy and Patrick Tafoya.
Belen’s freshman team scored a 13-0 shutout over the Cibola North Cougars.
After a scoreless first half, Belen’s offense got into gear, manufacturing a 12-play scoring drive that resulted in a 1-yard score by Zeke Gonzales. Pasquel Armijo added the extra-point on a running play.
Armijo added to the total on the Eagles’ first offensive possession of the fourth quarter when he sprinted 80-yards for a TD.
Armijo finished with 142 yards rushing. Gonzales added 50 yards on the ground.
Head coach Dwayne Tafoya said Kyle Connway, who was making his first start at quarterback, did an excellent job running the offense.
The coach said the defense earned the shutout thanks to good efforts by Sebastian “Big Daddy” Kurtz, Ryan Tafoya, Davie Apodaca, Carlos Garcia, Elias Espinosa, Armijo and Gonzales.
The Los Lunas freshmen division team improved to 2-0 with a 34-8 win over the Del Norte Knights.
In a battle of expansion teams, the Cibola Cougars defeated the Los Lunas Wildcats, 22-12.
The Wildcats took an early lead, scoring on the first play of the game when Miguel Trujillo ran 65-yards for a touchdown.
In the third quarter, Trujillo scored the Wildcats second touchdown on a 53-yard scamper.
On defense, Trujillo made eight unassisted tackles. Christopher Montoya had three unassisted tackles and caused a fumble. Fausto Ortiz kicked an on-side kick that resulted in a turnover.
Head coach Mitch Roggy and assistant coaches Wayne Clark, Albert M. Herrera and Todd Contratto were pleased with the team’s performance. Of the 19 players on the roster, 12 are first-year players.
The Los Lunas peewee division team evened its record to 1-1 with a 12-6 win over the Valley Vikings.
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