Prep, Aztec take tough losses in Week 2

Karl Schneider The Daily Times
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FARMINGTON — The Navajo Prep football team ran into the top team in 3A, and the No. 1 Estancia Bears (2-0) mauled the visiting Eagles 54-20.

"They were really great with their run game. It's the same thing they've done the last few years," Tallbull said. "It definitely showed us where we fall when it comes to competing against teams like them."

The Eagles (0-1) found the end zone three times on the night, with each of those scores coming from the arm of quarterback Dakota Halliburton, and converted one of three two-point conversion attempts.

Tallbull said that even though his team was a little outmatched on the field, the Eagles never hung their heads and gave up.

"Even though the score was that, we're not a team that's going to give up," Tallbull said. "This game showed us what our strengths and weaknesses are, and what we need to work on, but I know we'll get better. I'm not worried about that."

Prep will get its first home game of the season next week, hosting Escalante (2-0).

"They're a tough team, and they've have had a lot of success with their offense," Tallbull said of next week's opponent. "After this game, I think we're going to bounce back."

Durango, Colo., 53, Aztec 14

Aztec couldn't get its offense going against the Demons of Durango, Colo., and the result was a 53-14 loss in Durango.

The Tigers (0-2) struck first with a seven-play, 74-yard drive, ending with quarterback Cody Smith finding Jake Taylor for an 8-yard touchdown just 2:17 into the game.

But the Demons (2-0) answered with 31 straight points to take a 31-7 lead into halftime.

The two sides traded a pair of scores in the third quarter, with Smith hitting Taylor for another touchdown, this time from 21 yards out.

The Aztec defense gave up multiple long drives for scores in the game.

Aztec head coach Matt Steinfeldt was not available for comment on the loss.

Aztec will host Kirtland Central (0-2) Friday.

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648 and Follow him @karltschneider on Twitter.