ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It was the end of 13 long years of frustration for Valley High School.
And it was a record-breaking night for La Cueva – the kind of record the Bears would just as soon not have broken.
The Vikings’ football team outscored the Bears 28-0 in the second half Thursday night, as Valley pulled away for a 49-14 rout of La Cueva at Community Stadium.
“It’s been our goal,” said senior running back Robert Armijo after a 144-yard, three-touchdown night. “Fourteen years is a long time.”
Actually, that was about all Armijo got wrong Thursday. Valley (2-0) last beat La Cueva 13 years ago, in the 2000 season opener.
The Bears had won the last 11 in the series. They’ve played every year since 2000, with the exception of 2004.
Not only did La Cueva see its domination of Valley end, but the Bears broke a school record for most points surrendered in consecutive games.
La Cueva (0-2) has given up 91 points in the first two games. The storied program had never given up more than 79 points in consecutive games (that, in 1996) before this season.
Armijo scored on runs of 3, 8 and 4 yards, although one of the touchdowns should probably be split in half with senior wide receiver Aaron Molina.
Molina caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Bo Coleman, but his most electrifying play was a 67-yard punt return that staked the Vikings at the La Cueva 4. Armijo scored on the next play.
Valley threw it 40 times last week in a come-from-behind win over Cibola, but the Vikings aired it out only 19 times in Week 2.
The running game was solid for Valley, with 217 yards.
After the teams traded early scores, Valley went up 21-7 on TD runs by Armijo and 5-foot-5 C.J. Torres.
La Cueva put together an impressive scoring drive just before halftime, with Beau Kujath throwing 16 yards on fourth down to Malik Curry for a TD.
Molina’s punt return set up the score to put Valley ahead 28-14, and Coleman threw 13 yards to Molina at the end of the quarter for a 35-14 lead.