ALBUQUERQUE -- The enemy's footsteps that Animas High School football coach Bill Henson sensed four years ago finally caught up.

Lordsburg High School, Animas's only competitive neighbor in the desert of New Mexico's Hidalgo County, Friday night stopped Animas's 69-game winning streak -- longest in the nation in prep football.

Lordsburg's 9-8 victory ended Animas's bid to break the all-time national record of 72 consecutive wins by Hudson High of Michigan from 1968 through 1975.

The streak began in the first game of the 1985 season and during its 5 1/2-year course produced a state record six Class AA state championships for Animas, a school that draws its student population from the surrounding farming, mining and ranching communities in the state's southwest corner.

A first-quarter one-yard touchdown run by Lordsburg quarterback Louie Lazos and a 34-yard, third-quarter field goal by Robert Gandara gave the Mavericks the win over an Animas team that had outscored its first seven opponents this season by a combined margin of 286-28.

Animas got a one-yard touchdown run by Robert Gomez with 6:40 left in the game. The Panthers then recovered an onside kick at midfield, but Lordsburg's defense twice sacked Animas quarterback Mark Davis. And after Davis misfired on a fourth-and-15 pass, Lordsburg ran out the clock.

"They had a lot of speed on the field that we couldn't contend with," Henson said. "Everything went wrong for us that could possibly go wrong."

But Henson also lauded a Lordsburg team that allowed the normally prolific Davis only one completion in nine attempts. Henson said he had recognized Lordsburg's potential long before Friday night.

"I had seen this {Lordsburg} class come through junior high and I knew they were there," Henson said. "I knew if they put it together, they would be a tough bunch. We didn't overlook them by any means."

Lordsburg Coach Louie Baisa called his team's win, "the biggest thing to happen around here in a long time."

Much of the crowd of 5,000 that watched the game apparently agreed. The Lordsburg fans mobbed the Mavericks as the final gun sounded and remained on the field for almost an hour. Throughout the town, sirens were set off and horns blared in tribute.

News of The Streak's end spread quickly.

Lordsburg City Councilor Esperanza McDonald called her brother Willie McDonald in Harrah, Wash., to relay a play-by-play account.

"She said the whole town's gone crazy," McDonald said. McDonald said he had tried to talk his wife into flying back to New Mexico for the game, "because I had a feeling this time Lordsburg was going to do it."

Willie McDonald's stepson, Jeff Bejarano, had both of Lordsburg's touchdowns in the Mavericks' 12-6 win over Animas in 1981, which until Friday was the last time Lordsburg had beaten the Panthers.

Two of McDonald's other sons, Tim and Tom, played on Lordsburg teams that went 27-3 in the regular season between 1986 and 1988. The losses were to Animas.

"I was hoping Animas would break the national record, but if it were going to get beat, I wanted it to be Lordsburg," McDonald said.

Henson held a lengthy postgame meeting with his players.

"I told them not to think about next week or about another state championship," Henson said. "I just want them to think about what they accomplished. The 69 straight is a very consoling thought. We didn't get the national record, but we've got a heck of a state record."