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Shiprock s Hiram Gleason (33) carries the ball past Dulce s Darrell Vicenti (44) during Friday night s game at Chieftain Stadium.
SHIPROCK — Hiram Gleason couldn’t be stopped on homecoming night in Shiprock.
Gleason caught three touchdowns and ran for two more in No. 15 Shiprock’s 39-0 win against Dulce at Chieftain Stadium on Friday.
“I don’t know how many touchdowns we could’ve scored. Gleason was catching the ball and running it out of the backfield phenomenally tonight,” said Shiprock head coach Don Story.
Shiprock (3-2) led 39-0 at halftime, and Story decided to let some seniors who don’t get much playing time as well as some young kids play in the second half.
“I don’t believe in running up the score,” Story said. “In the second half we just called dive plays up the middle and punted.”
Story credited the Shiprock offensive line for providing massive holes all night.
Defensively, Rashaan Johnson had two interceptions.
Adam Begaye threw two touchdown passes to Gleason while Alex Benally found him on a halfback pass for a touchdown.
It was a big bounce-back win for the Chieftains, which lost a tough 27-14 home game to 3A foe Pojoaque Valley a week ago.
The Chieftains face a tough schedule the rest of the way out, playing four of their final five games on the road.
“We have to play Questa about six hours away on a Saturday and then we turn right back around and head back that way to play Escalante on the next Friday,” Story said. “I don’t make the schedule. I told them, ‘I am 68 now, but I will be 100 when we get done with all of that.’”
Shiprock is off for the Northern Navajo Nation Fair next week. The Chieftains return to action Oct. 13 at Questa.