Piedra Vista’s Beau Clafton celebrates after catching the game-winning touchdown against Miyamura on Aug. 30, 2013 at Hutchison Stadium.
Piedra Vista's Beau Clafton celebrates after catching the game-winning touchdown against Miyamura on Aug. 30, 2013 at Hutchison Stadium. (Jesse Hankins/For The Daily Times)

FARMINGTON — Piedra Vista started the 2013 season in dramatic fashion and will look to build off of that victory heading into Week 2.

The Panthers scored in the waning seconds against Miyamura when quarterback Isaiah Valdez found Beau Clafton in the back of the end zone to give PV a 31-30 win in its opener.

Now, PV turns its attention to a dangerous opponent in Grants High after spending the week cleaning up mistakes from the game against the Patriots.

"We had some good practices," said Panthers' head coach Jared Howell. "We've been working on correcting the errors from last week. We had 24 points taken off the board because of plays that were called back. We can't have that going forward and expect to be successful."

Grants quarterback Cassius Corley avoid a sack against Kirtland Central during a scrimmage at Bronco Stadium.
Grants quarterback Cassius Corley avoid a sack against Kirtland Central during a scrimmage at Bronco Stadium. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times)

Last season, the Panthers offense rolled through the Pirates as PV picked up a 49-25 victory over Grants in the second game of the year.

Howell expects the Pirates to have a strong game plan defensively, focused on slowing down Clafton.

"I'm sure they'll be well aware of him after watching the tape," Howell said. "We'll just try to run our stuff and take what they give us."

On the defensive side of the ball, PV will have their work cut out trying to slow down Grants quarterback Cassius Corley.

Corley, a New Mexico State verbal commitment, threw for four touchdowns and ran two more during the Pirates 39-21 win over Santa Fe last week.

"He's definitely a great athlete," Howell said of Corley. "Their running back is also a hard-nosed runner with good speed and their receiver (Jacob) Willcox makes a lot of explosive plays."

Corley connected with Willcox on all four touchdown passes in the win while breaking touchdown runs of 59 and 61 yards.

Willcox ended the game with six catches for 155 yards. Corley had 315 yards of total offense.

"We've got to control Corley and know where their play makers are at all times," Howell said.

Howell will look PV's running game to set the tone and keep the high-scoring Pirates' offense sidelined.

"We need to get the run game established and then everything will build off of that," he said.

Farmington

Farmington High will play its second consecutive road game to open the 2013 season when it travels to Los Alamos to take on the Hilltoppers tonight.

The Scorpions opened the year in dominating fashion, winning at Gallup 48-0 and will want another strong performance to build upon that momentum. 

Los Alamos also opened the season with a blowout victory, defeating Pojoaque Valley 43-14 on the road.

Last season, the Scorps and Hilltoppers also met up during Week 2 of the football season with FHS coming out on top 28-0 at Hutchison Stadium.

The Scorps will look to pound the ball on the ground with a plethora of running backs.

Defensively, FHS will need to contain the rushing attack from the Hilltoppers' Xavier Dennison, who mowed through the Pojoaque Valley defense for a total of 230 yards in the opening victory for Los Alamos.

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Aztec

The Aztec football season got off to a rough start as the Tigers fell in their season opener 50-0 on the road against No. 2 Los Lunas.

The schedule doesn't get any easier for Aztec as they kick off the home slate with a matchup against defending state champion and preseason No. 1 Goddard.

The game will serve as the season opener for the Rockets, who maintained their No. 1 ranking following a bye to start the year and finished a perfect 14-0 last year on their way to the title.

Aztec traveled to Roswell and faced Goddard in the second game of last season, losing 63-0 in a game that ended at halftime via the mercy rule.

The Tigers will need to limit a powerful Goddard offense and string together a few first downs on offense if they hope to hang around in this game.

The Tigers were the last team to beat the Rockets, winning the 2011 state championship 28-27 in Aztec.

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Kirtland Central

For the second week in a row, Kirtland Central will host a team from Colorado, taking on Durango High.

KCHS started its season with a victory for the first time in nearly 10 years by defeating 2A Bayfield, Colo., 28-6.

The Broncos received a combined four touchdowns from their running backs — Bryceson Arthur, Keishaun Aspaas and Jacob Belin — and will be looking for another balance rushing attack from the trio in this game.

KCHS quarterback Rashaan Sorrelhorse was a perfect 8-for-8 with 171 yards in the victory. 

Durango opened its season with a blowout victory, knocking off Cheyenne Mountain, Colo., 54-14.

Demons' senior quarterback Jeremy Szura had a strong game through the air and on the ground, throwing from 180 yards and two touchdowns, while running for 153 yards and two more scores.

 

The Broncos' defense will look to limit his production. 

Bloomfield

Bloomfield started the year off with a tough loss to No. 1 St. Michael's 27-24 and will look to move forward in its first road game of the season.

The Bobcats travel to face Pojoaque Valley, which dropped its opener to Los Alamos 43-14. 

Offensively, the Bobcats will rely on quarterback Bobby Lyon, who threw three touchdowns in the opening loss, to spread the ball around to a variety of speedy backs and receivers.

Bloomfield's Adrian Vigil will look to expand on his solid start. Vigil accounted for two Bobcat touchdowns, including one on an 88-yard kickoff return.

The Elks will also need to focus on Tytis Nez, Jacob Langford and Ray Sanchez.

Sanchez and Langford each scored a touchdown in the St. Mike's loss.

Pojoaque Valley's defense struggled against Los Alamos, especially versus the run.

Bloomfield defeated the Elks in their meeting last season 25-6.

Shiprock

The Shiprock football season got off to a rocky start with a 53-0 mercy-rule loss to 2A Estancia at home.

The Chieftains will look for a better outcome in their second home game to begin the season as they face 2A Zuni today.

Last year, the Chieftains opened with a rough loss to Estancia, but backed it up with a 28-12 victory over Zuni, and Shiprock will be looking for a similar result this time around.

Offensively, the Chietains will need a better performance from a young squad who struggled to move the ball in the opener.

On defense, Shiprock will look to senior leaders like Nathan Smart and Cory Dayish to make big plays and slow down the Zuni attack.

The Thunderbirds, like the Chieftains, struggled in their season opener, falling to St. John, Ariz. 58-0 on the road. 

The game will be critical for both teams as they each look to get an early win under their belts and avoid 0-2 starts. 

Navajo Prep

Navajo Prep's football season couldn't have gotten off to a better start as they finished off 3A Thoreau 50-0, ending the game via the mercy rule in the third quarter.

The Eagles exploded offensively as quarterback Tyler Sorensen threw for 427 yards and six touchdowns in the victory.

Prep will look for Sorensen to command the team on the road against 3A Wingate today.

The Eagles had an easy time with Wingate when they met last season, defeating the Bears 56-6 in a mercy-rule victory.

The Bears defense will need to find a way to slow Sorensen and the Eagles' superstar receiver/running back Mika Mauga.

Mauga had a combined 307 yards rushing and receiving to go along with five touchdowns in the Eagles' opening victory.

Wingate opened its season with a solid performance, shutting out Crownpoint 20-0 on the road.

Joshua Perry covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 or jperry@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.