Shiprock bounced from 4A playoffs with loss to Hatch Valley



FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista football team was unable to contain Hobbs’ potent passing attack in today’s 6A state playoff opener, and the Panthers’ season ended with a 56-19 road loss at Watson Stadium.

“They were able to get kids one on one on some of us, get some mismatches. They were just fast,” PV coach Jared Howell said.

Howell said his defense applied pressure, but Eagles quarterback Gavin Hardison scrambled around and bought extra time to throw the ball.

Hobbs' Alec Finney scored on a 35-yard touchdown reception 45 seconds into the contest, and the hosts kept on rolling from there.

Although PV led 19-14 after the first quarter, Hobbs repeatedly did damage going airborne, totaling seven touchdown passes for the game.

The 11th-seeded Panthers’ season concluded at 5-6, while the sixth-seeded Eagles improved to 9-2. Hobbs will play at No. 3 seed Cleveland this next weekend in the 6A state quarterfinals.

PV will say goodbye to 18 seniors.

Shiprock falls at Hatch Valley

The Chieftains were unable to get things going on offense, resulting in a 50-0 third-quarter mercy rule loss in today’s 4A state playoff opener.

“(Hatch Valley) play(s) really well up front, applied a lot of pressure and caused some difficulty for us,” coach Eric Stovall said.

Shiprock’s season came to an end at 8-3, but Stovall was happy about how 2017 turned out.

“You’ve got to look at the whole picture,” said Stovall, whose squad has won back-to-back District 1-4A titles. “There’s a lot to be proud of.”

Nine seniors played their final game in a Chieftain uniform.