For the first time in school history, the Navajo Prep Eagles are in the football state playoffs.
The No. 10 Eagles (6-4) are coming off their first district championship and aim to upset No. 7 Clayton (6-4) today.
Not only does Navajo Prep face a tough Yellowjackets team, it also faced a long seven-hour bus ride.
Clayton is battle tested after playing in one of the toughest 2A districts in the state, but the confidence the Eagles gained from winning its first district title could go a long way.
Against similar opponents, Clayton has faired better this season, but the Eagles have hit their stride with sophomore quarterback Tyler Sorenson passing for 203 yards per game this season.
Most of those yards go to Mike Mauga, who has 1,313 receiving yards this season to go with 21 touchdown receptions and another six rushing scores.
Mauga is the key to everything the Eagles do on offense. If the Yellowjackets can take him away, it could be a long day for Navajo Prep.
Izaac Eriedia and Jesse Eredia will have to step up big if Clayton double teams Mauga, and the two brothers have had no problem doing that this season as they each average nearly 50 yards per game on the ground.
On defense, the Eagles have to keep a close eye on Yellowjacket running back Nick Wiseman, who averages 141 yard per game on the ground. Wiseman has only fumbled once all season while wracking up 19 total offensive touchdowns.
Clayton running back Alberto Salgado is also averaging nearly 85 yards per game on the ground to give the Yellowjackets two good options to run with.
Watch to see if playoff inexperience and a long drive slow down the Eagles as an experience Clayton squad looks to get to the second round.