A late touchdown lifted the Santa Rosa Lions to a 21-14 victory over Eunice in the Class 2A state championship football game Saturday in Santa Rosa.
Eunice, seeded No. 1, had routed Tucumcari 49-20 and beat Tularosa 20-13 to reach the final. The third-seeded Lions made it by shutting out Loving 49-0 and then roaring past No. 2 Texico 48-13 last week.
Meanwhile, in Class 3A, a pair of defense-oriented semifinals took place Saturday, setting up a St. Michael’s-Lovington showdown for the title.