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Pride runs deep for the Lions in Santa Rosa, where second-place is sometimes hard to swallow. Fortunately for the fans, first-place is a position frequently visited.


Check it out in the Roll Call of State Titles…


2011…With only six seconds to play, a Josh Tenorio-to-Marcus Lopez touchdown pass secures a second straight state title. Final: Santa Rosa 21, Eunice 14
2010…Lions spoil Tularosa’s bid for back-to-back championships as Santa Rosa hands Wildcats their only loss of the season in a 13-6 triumph
2007…Santa Rosa demolishes Texico 46-7 to finish off 12-1 campaign with the Class 2A first-place trophy
1998…Lions’ tricky single-wing offense pays off big time as an undefeated 13-0 season culminatesith an 18-7 championship win over Clayton
1996…A sparkling 12-1 season record for Santa Rosa, which shuts out Eunice 27-0 for 2A bragging rights
1993…First gridiron title for Lions, under leadership of coach Frank Ortiz, following a convincing 21-3 victory over Jal

Boys Basketball
1990…A scoring fest in the Class 2A title contest and it’s Santa Rosa with more points at the end of a 107-89 game with Laguna-Acoma
1984…Lions and coach Victor Perez finish off sterling 27-1 season with a 79-72 championship game win over Pojoaque
1956…New head coach in Mayo Armijo, but the beat goes on for Santa Rosa – winners of second straight Class B championship with a 70-64 victory against Fort Sumner
1955…Santa Rosa piles up 31-2 season record and finishes it in style by beating rival Fort Sumner 76-55 in finale

1981…The boys of Santa Rosa can play some baseball too. Class 2A state championship game final: Santa Rosa 10, Mora 8



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“Ole!” greets drive-through customers from the speaker box.
If that’s the case, it can only be one business: Taco Box.
From frijole burritos to Spanish fries to pig-in-a-panchos, and quite nearly everything in-between, the restaurant has been serving up its eclectic menu for 40 years.
According to owner Tom Martin, the number one seller is the simple-and-tasty frijole burrito while tacos, chalupas and cheese sticks follow closely in popularity.
A popular side item are Spanish fries, a Taco Box-invented title for another potato-based munchie (any guesses?). Martin says his restaurant has only occasionally ventured into making regular french fries and the attempts have ultimately always been futile with the Taco Box customer base.
“I always joke that I don’t make french fries so I can help keep McDonald’s in business,” Martin says.
Other items also remain popular to an extent even though not officially on the menu board anymore – a testament to the loyalty of the typical Taco Box consumer.
The Mexi-Burger was on the menu back in the early 1980s and still gets ordered today. By those in the know, at any rate.
“There’s probably at least a dozen different items over the years like that,” Martin says. “We took it off, just because of space, but we still make ’em. We probably sell as many as we did when they were on the menu.”
Martin lists breakfast tacos, frijole tacos, guacamole tacos as other such “underground” items. And that’s not to mention the vast array of drink combinations, utilizing the different soft drinks and flavorings, that have actually never been listed on the big board at Taco Box.
Martin, raised in Cleveland and a graduate from Cornell University in New York, ventured west after college and tried his hand with the Taco Box brand. He took over Taco Box on June 1, 1970.
Remembering his first foray into Mexican food, Martin has an oft-repeated story with some variation or another.
“I never had a taco until I was 21. I remember having a mild green chile taco and I thought I was going to die,” Martin recalls.
After having a tastebud-adjustment and following countless tacos served to his customers at Taco Box, it’s safe to say one thing about the guy who originally thought he’d be in the Land of Enchantment  for “a couple of years.”
Well Tom, you’re a New Mexican now.


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