Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Kirtland Defense Is Too Much for Espanola, 89-30.(Sports)

Byline: Journal Staff Report

LAS CRUCES At Las Cruces, the top-ranked Kirtland Central Broncos jumped to a commanding 16-0 lead in the opening minutes and never looked back, routing the Espanola Valley Sundevils, 89-30.

Kirtland will move on to Saturday's Class 4A state championship game against district rival Farmington.

Stymied by the relentless Kirtland Central defense, Espanola had 10 turnovers before it could even attempt its first field goal. The Sundevils trailed 23-9 by the end of the first quarter and were on the short end of a 43-14 score at intermission. …

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