Del Norte’s 13-12 win Saturday night at Wilson Stadium was certainly not an aesthetic delight, but it delivered the thrills, at least at the end.
The Knights had to withstand a furious Rio Grande rally in the game’s final minute to get this victory.
Rio Grande quarterback Dustin Lamar threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Joe Rey Vallejos with 31.4 seconds left in the game to get the Ravens within 13-12.
The Ravens, as they did after their first touchdown, tried for a 2-point conversion. But Lamar ran right into a pile of Del Norte defenders.
Game over, right? Not yet.
Del Norte fumbled the ensuing onsides kick, and Rio Grande had another shot.
With the help of four Del Norte penalties — the Knights were hit 19 times for 143 yards — the Ravens got to the Del Norte 13. The last flag was a pass interference call that negated an interception.
Without a viable kicker, Rio Grande went for the TD. But a Lamar pass sailed out of the back of the end zone.
Del Norte led 13-6 on touchdown runs by Tyrelle Jackson (4 yards in the second quarter) and Daryl Wiggins (11 yards in the third quarter).
In addition to 13 penalties, Rio Grande also fumbled the ball 10 times, losing two.
— James Yodice
ST. PIUS 56, ALBUQUERQUE HIGH 6: At Milne Stadium, fullbacks T.J. Sanchez and Nic Stafford combined for 225 yards and six touchdowns in a rout of the Bulldogs in the season opener for both.
Sanchez had 11 carries for 127 yards, Stafford eight for 98 yards.
AHS’ lone touchdown came from D’Yon Santiago, on an 89-yard kickoff return.
— Chris Jackson
— This article appeared on page D5 of the Albuquerque Journal