The Los Lunas Tigers will move on to the next round of state football play, facing Goddard next week in the semifinals.
Darryn Romero returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and quarterback Paul Cieremans ran for a touchdown and threw for another to help propel the Los Lunas Tigers to a 31-0 win over the Belen Eagles on Saturday afternoon at Willie Chavez Field.
Belen opened the game by kicking off to Los Lunas. Romero caught the ball at the 10 and faked handing it off to two of his teammates before taking it himself and going 90-yards for the opening score.
The Tiger’s defense then forced Belen to punt on their first drive of the game. After that it didn’t take long for the Tigers to find the endzone again.
Los Lunas drove to the Belen 6-yard line, when Cieremans kept it on a running play and scored to put the Tigers up 14-0 less than three minutes into the contest.
Following another Belen punt, it took only one play for Los Lunas to find the endzone again. This time Cieremans used his arm to find Fabian Trujillo for a 54-yard touchdown pass that put the Tigers up 21-0.
Kaden Bell added a field goal right before halftime for the Tigers and it was 24-0 Los Lunas at the break.
Los Lunas would tack on another touchdown in the third quarter to make it 31-0.
From there, Los Lunas’s defense would continue to stymie the Eagles offense and the Tigers would take the victory by a final of 31-0.
The Tigers will kick off against the Goddard Rockets at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 20, at LLHS Tiger Stadium.
Valencia eliminated by Bloomfield
On Friday night in Bloomfield, the host Bobcats handled the Valencia Jaguars by a final of 48-13. The loss ends the Jaguars season on a sour note.
Early on, the Jaguars quarterback Rey Garcia fumbled, and it was returned for a touchdown to give Bloomfield a 7-0 lead.
Bloomfield struck again a few minutes later to make it 14-0 just six minutes into the contest.
It took less than two minutes before Bloomfield found the endzone again, this one on a 33-yard touchdown pass giving the Bobcats a 21-0 lead less than eight minutes into the contest.
Valencia fought back to within 21-13 in the second quarter, following two Garcia touchdown passes. That was as close as the Jaguars would get.
From there, Bloomfield reeled off 27 unanswered points to come away with a 48-13 victory to eliminate Valencia from the 4A playoffs.
Adam Evarts is a graduate of the University of New Mexico where he studied journalism and history. He has lived in Valencia County most of his life. Adam covers sports for the Valencia County News-Bulletin, including prep competitions for the three local high schools, Senior Olympics, rodeo, Little League and more.