The Shiprock High football team huddles during a timeout Friday during the homecoming game at Chieftain Stadium.
The Shiprock High football team huddles during a timeout Friday during the homecoming game at Chieftain Stadium. (Hannah Grover The Daily Times)

FARMINGTON — Navajo Prep had no problem going on the road for its District 1-2A opener.

The Navajo Prep Eagles (6-1, 1-0 District 1-2A) defeated Newcomb (1-5, 0-1) via mercy rule 50-0 on Friday night.

"We did everything we needed to do. We made all the adjustments we needed to during the game and took care of it," said Navajo Prep head coach Rod Denetso.

Newcomb tried to control the clock early by running the ball, but the Navajo Prep coaches and players got together to make the adjustments to get the Skyhawks off the field.

Navajo Prep quarterback Tyler Sorensen threw for 397 yards and three touchdowns on 24-of-36 passing. He also ran for a score in the game. Mikaele Mauga had 12 catches for 297 yards and three touchdowns. Mauga also added a rushing touchdown and a defensive interception he returned for another score.

Izaac Eredia also had two rushing touchdowns in the win for the Eagles.

Denetso called it a good way to bounce back after the team was disappointed with a 34-18 win against Shiprock on homecoming night a week ago.

"The guys were upset after that game. We came out and showed we were the more physical and dominant team," he said. "Our ultimate goal it to host a playoff game. We have to keep winning this way to have a chance. The kids and community of Navajo Prep deserve to have that home game this year."

Denetso praised his players on both side of the ball, and said his team's biggest strength is its cardio.

"We have guys going both ways who are out there coming after you. We have a running back (Eredia) who can run it down your throat, and we have a bunch of receivers you can't stop. We have so many weapons," Denetso said.

Prep will get another chance to take its weapons out next Saturday on the road at Cuba (0-6).

Escalante 70, Shiprock 6

The Chieftains had a rough time on their homecoming night against defending 1A state champion Escalante.

The Lobos (6-2) dominated from the opening kickoff, defeating Shiprock 70-6 in a game that ended at halftime via the mercy rule.

Shiprock head coach Storm Tallbull said his team just wasn't able to contain the Lobos' quarterback and their rushing attack.

"It was a very rough start for us. They had a really good team and a great quarterback," Tallbull said. "Their quarterback had a simple scheme and that dive option they ran was built around him."

McKailin Newman scored the lone touchdown for the Chieftains (2-5) in the loss.

Tallbull hopes his team will refocus after the defeat as it begins district play at Wingate (4-4) on Friday.

"We'll just try to get better, and we want to be prepared for district," he said. "I'm always going to give my best effort for the boys, and we'll be ready for Wingate."