WHAT'S NEXT

What: Santa Fe at Piedra Vista


When: 7 p.m. Sept. 20


Where: Hutchison Stadium


FARMINGTON — The first road game of the season wasn't kind to the Piedra Vista Panthers.

PV fell to Durango High 35-3 on a cold and rainy Friday night in Colorado.

"For whatever reason, it didn't really seem like we were at our best concentrating, and that comes down to a lack of discipline," said PV head coach Jared Howell. "We need to get better. We need to be prepared to go on the road, but, mentally, we weren't ready for that. I obviously did a bad job preparing the team."

Piedra Vista High School senior running back Beau Clafton (22) gets taken down by Durango High School junior defensive back Casey Dunlap (2) and senior
Piedra Vista High School senior running back Beau Clafton (22) gets taken down by Durango High School junior defensive back Casey Dunlap (2) and senior defensive back Brad Briscoe (1) in the first half of Friday's game in Durango, Colo. (Steve Lewis/The Durango Herald)

Piedra Vista quarterback Isaiah Valdez threw an interception during the Panthers' opening drive, and Durango's Jeremy Szura returned it for a touchdown.

"It is always tough to get behind early with something like that," Howell said. "That is something we should have been able to overcome, but we didn't."

It was one of two Valdez interceptions returned by Durango (3-0) for touchdowns in the game.

PV (2-1) also had a fumble from Beau Clafton and a failed fake punt attempt that set the Demons up with good field position.

"I think our defense only gave up 14 points on the night. The other scores can be attributed to our other units for putting them in bad position," Howell said.

PV's only score came on a Clafton field goal. He was 1-for-2 kicking field goals in the game.

Szura, who also plays quarterback for Durango, had two rushing touchdowns in the game.

Though the loss stung the Panthers on Friday night, Howell said his team will grow from the defeat and be more prepared next week when they return home to face Santa Fe.

"You have to face some adversity throughout the year. You learn more from losses than you do from wins," Howell said. "We definitely have plenty of film to look at and figure out why we did some of the things we did. We will be much better come next week. It is back to the drawing board now."

John Livingston covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648 and jlivingston@daily-times.com. Follow him @jlivi2 on Twitter.