ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A quick and dominant start, as well as a dominant effort on both sides of the ball and special teams, kept the Los Lunas Tigers undefeated on Saturday at Mile Stadium.
The Tigers (5-0) ended pre-district play by rushing for 232 yards and taking advantage of great field position in their 41-6 mercy-rule win over St. Pius.
The Tigers held the Sartans (3-2) to 119 total yards, including 20 yards in the first half.
St. Pius lost two fumbles inside its own 20-yard line, including one on its first play from scrimmage. A 31-yard Chris Wisneski touchdown pass to Jalen Chavez and a 1-yard scoring run by Brandon Casias put the Tigers up 14-0 before the game was nine minutes old.
A blocked punt was recovered by Los Lunas senior Greg Wortman in the end zone to give LLHS a 21-0 lead late in the quarter. Casias had a 60-yard run in the second period.
Casias finished with 139 yards on only 15 carries. Chavez, who scored the Tigers’ other touchdown, had 76 yards on the ground, and Gustavo Muñoz kicked two field goals, including a 41-yarder in the fourth quarter.
The clock ran per the mercy rule (when one team leads by 35) throughout the second half. St. Pius averted the shutout with a late scoring drive that was capped by a 5-yard run by T.J. Sanchez with 1:50 left in the game.
Nic Stafford led St. Pius with 95 rushing yards, but the Sartans had so much negative yardage, the team’s rushing total was only 89 yards.
The Sartans were also penalized eight times for 55 yards, and punted five times.
St. Pius hosts Farmington on Friday, while the Tigers are idle until their Oct. 12 District 6-4A opener at Belen.
— Jason W. Brooks
DEL NORTE 46, ALBUQUERQUE HIGH 0: At Milne Stadium, junior running back Daryl Wiggins rushed for nearly 300 yards and scored five touchdowns as the Knights (2-3) routed the Bulldogs (0-4).
Del Norte snapped a three-game losing streak.
The Knights are at Aztec this Friday.
— This article appeared on page D8 of the Albuquerque Journal