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Robertson’s Estevan Varela and Francisco Arguello celebrate a big defensive stop Saturday evening against Portales. The Cardinals upset the No. 1 ranked Rams, handing them their first loss of the fall and advancing to the state championship game Saturday at Hatch Valley.
Back in the dance - Robertson stuns No. 1 Portales to reach state title game

Going into Saturday’s Class 4A state football semifinal, the Portales Rams’ record was perfect.

With the game still hanging in the balance like the thick fog in the air around Cardinal Stadium, Estevan Varela’s timing was perfect, too.

The Robertson senior defensive tackle smashed into Portales quarterback Junior Ramirez, jarring the ball loose, and then scooped it up, giving his team possession deep in Portales territory.