The Eagles captured their first-ever district title with a 66-12 win over Dulce in Farmington.
“It’s surreal,” said Eagles head coach Rod Denetso. “We knew what we had to do coming into this game, and the kids did it. The kids played with a lot of heart and are excited. I think a lot of them are surprised that we’ve changed the program around.”
Mika Mauga scored three touchdowns for Navajo Prep, bring his total to 14 for the district season and 30 overall.
Jesse and Izaac Eredia were solid on the ground for the Eagles (6-4, 4-0 District 1-2A) as well, Denetso said.
Navajo Prep ended the game with a touchdown in the third quarter for the mercy-rule victory.
The defense also played a major role as it shut down the offensive attack of the Hawks (3-7, 2-2).
“Randon Archibeque has our defense playing better than it ever has,” Denetso said. “I want to thank the board for hiring him to our staff this year. His addition has been the reason we are where we are.”
Navajo Prep dominated its four district opponents, outscoring them 222-24 in the four victories.
After earning the school’s first playoff berth, Denetso said his team is ready to make some noise in the postseason.
“I think were a different north team,” he said. “We’re going down there to win, and we have the team to do it. We’re going to address it as another game.
We’re not satisfied with just making it to the playoffs.”