FARMINGTON — Navajo Prep responded from its first loss of the season by blowing out Santa Fe Indian School.
The Eagles defeated the Braves 52-0 on Friday in a game that ended via the mercy rule early in the third quarter.
Prep head coach Rod Denetso couldn't have been happier with the way his team played.
"It means a lot to get this win. The guys had a bitter taste from last year," said Denetso, whose team lost to the Braves 22-14 in 2012.
Prep (4-1) was never threatened throughout the contest, and the Eagles had big games from their usual playmakers, Denetso said.
"Tyler (Sorensen), Isaiah (Yazzie) and Mika (Mauga) all had a great night," he said. "Izaac Eredia probably had 150 yards on the ground."
The Eagles' coach knew it was important for his team to bounce back with a good performance after a close loss last week to Escalante.
"The loss gave us confidence and the kids are hungry," Denetso said. "Right now, they have that swagger."
Prep will be off next week as it prepares for its homecoming matchup with Shiprock on Oct. 11. Santa Fe Indian School is now 1-4 this season.
"We're going to go back to the basics and do a lot of conditioning," Denetso said. "Coach (Storm) Tallbull is doing great with those guys, and it should be a good game."
Farmington 33, Valencia 12
After a tight first half, the Scorpions pulled away from the Jaguars with a strong second half.
"Our offensive line stepped up, and we simplified things and took care of business," said FHS coach Gary Bradley. We gave up two long runs on defense and that's it."
The two teams battled through a defensive first half in which FHS (4-1) took a 7-6 lead into the locker room.
Each team scored a touchdown early in the third quarter, but the Jaguars (2-3) missed a two-point conversion, keeping FHS ahead 14-12.
After that, it was all Scorps as they scored three unanswered touchdowns to pull away for the victory.
"Valencia was very aggressive, so it was hard to get in a rhythm," Bradley said. "We passed the ball a little bit off our run game."
Brian Farley scored a pair of touchdowns rushing, and Jacob Lucas threw two more in the second half to help lead FHS to the win.
Outside of a couple of long touchdown runs, Bradley liked the way his team defended the Jaguars' tough running attack.
"The whole defense played a really good game. Their option game never got on track," Bradley said. "They have some speed, and we missed a couple tackles early. But other than that, we were solid."
The Scorps will now turn their attention to their homecoming game with St. Pius X on Friday.
"We'll do a pretty good job. We understand homecoming is for the school, and we'll stay focused on St. Pius," Bradley said.
Moriarty 34, Piedra Vista 17
The Panthers got off to a hot start against the Fighting Pintos but were unable to hold onto the lead and fell to Moriarty.
"They were mentally tougher than we were," said PV head coach Jared Howell.
PV (3-2) opened a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter, but a slew of turnovers and mistakes led to 34 straight points for Moriarty (2-3).
"We made a ton of mistakes. Pick six, fumbles you name it," Howell said. "We need to figure it out."
The Panthers will look to put the loss behind them in their next game at Bernalillo on Friday.
"It doesn't matter who we play. We have to fix the errors," Howell said. "If they continue we'll get beat, doesn't matter who we play."
Shiprock 48, Dulce 0
The Chieftains snapped a two-game losing skid with a road victory at Dulce.
Shiprock (2-3) dominated the Hawks from the opening kickoff on their way to an easy win.
The Chieftains have a bye next week, followed by a road game against Navajo Prep on Oct. 11.
Shiprock head coach Storm Tallbull was unavailable for comment by press time.
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