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Monte Vista back in action Friday night

THE unbeaten Pirates are back in action Friday night against Peyton to top the weekend of high school football games in the San Luis Valley. After four weeks of play, Mountain Valley and Sangre de Cristo continue to hunt for their first win of the season. Here’s a look at where each Valley team stands after four weeks of play. 

Alamosa (2-2)

The Mean Moose got back in the win column last Friday as they beat Pagosa Springs 38-15. Junior receiver Michael Motz was big for the Moose. He had 189 yards to go along with two touchdowns on four catches. Alamosa will enjoy a bye week before playing La Junta at home.

Next Game: Sept. 30, La Junta, 7 p.m.

Centauri (1-2)

The Falcons were on a bye last week and will play their first game back against Bayfield on Friday. 

Next Game: Sept. 23, Bayfield, 7p.m.

Center (2-2)

Center lost on Friday to Rye, 48-15. Junior quarterback Jesus Valadez did all he could, gaining 277 yards and two rushing touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough. Rye sophomore Jose Martinez and senior Devin Samuelson each had two sacks. Center will get a bye week before playing defending 1A champion Centauri.

Next Game: Sept. 30, Centauri, 7 p.m.

Del Norte (2-1)

The Tigers were on a bye this weekend and will play at home against Salida on Friday.

Next Game: Sept. 23, Salida, 7 p.m.

Monte Vista (3-0)

The Pirates, on a bye week, will return to action Friday as they face Peyton.

Next Game: Sept. 23, at Peyton, 7 p.m.

Mountain Valley (0-4)

The Wolves remain winless as they lost 71-14 against Cotopaxi. Wolves junior quarterback Riley Heater had a bad outing, throwing 4 interceptions. Pirates junior receiver Kaiden Zelenznikar came out of the game with six catches, 121 yards receiving and three touchdowns. 

Next Game: Sept. 23, at Sierra Grande, 1 p.m.

Sanford (3-1)

The Mustangs bounced back Friday, beating Fowler 56-22. Sanford stopped Fowler on the ground, with the Grizzlies only collecting 35 total yards. 

Next Game: Sept. 23, Wiley, 6:00 p.m.

Sangre de Cristo (0-4)

The Thunderbirds were shut out Saturday by Branson/Kim 74-0. Bearcats junior quarterback Owen Doherty only completed five passes, four of them being for touchdowns. Sangre will have a bye week to recover from their tough start. 

Next Game: Sept. 30, at Sierra Grande, 1 p.m.

Sargent (2-2)

The Farmers ended their two-game losing streak Friday, beating Custer County 42-20. The Farmers had a very effective run game with six touchdowns. Sargent will be on a bye this week before going on the road against Mancos. 

Next Game: Sept. 30, at Mancos, 6 p.m.

Sierra Grande (2-2)

Sierra Grande bounced back from two straight losses, shutting out Hanover 51-0. Senior Angelo Lucero had a big game, rushing for 184 yards and three touchdowns to go along with an interception. 

Next Game: Sept. 23, Mountain Valley, 1 p.m.