FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista football team bounced back from last week's road loss with a 33-13 win over Moriarty Friday night in Moriarty.
"It was a little bit closer than the score makes it appear," PV head coach Jared Howell said. "We were up 20-0 half, then they came out and got some momentum."
Moriarty made some offensive adjustments during halftime and cut the lead to 26-13.
The Pintos (3-2) were threatening again in the fourth quarter, but the Panthers (3-1) came up with a crucial stop on fourth down.
"If they (the Pintos) would have scored, that could have changed the whole game," Howell said.
Howell said the PV defense was stingy throughout the first half and didn't allow Moriarty to get much going offensively.
The Panthers' second score of the game came by a defensive touchdown when linebacker Shawn Morris stripped the ball and retuned it for a score.
Howell said his team did a good job of mixing up the offense with its rushing and air attack. One passing touchdown was called back when one of the officials mistook the 5-yard line for the goal line and blew an inadvertent whistle. Because of the whistle, the play was called dead on the 3-yard line, but the Panthers were able to punch it in for a touchdown.
Howell said his running backs Elijah Gamboa, Scott Ramirez and Alex Shay all had good games.
The Panthers will be back home next week when they pay host to Kirtland Central (1-3) at Hutchison Stadium.
Navajo Prep 46, Zuni 0
Navajo Prep picked up its first win of the season and did it in dominating fashion, shutting out Zuni 46-0 Friday night in Zuni.
"It feels really good," Prep head coach Storm Tallbull said. "We changed a lot of stuff as far as practice goes, and we came in with a great game plan. All the credit goes to my staff. I'm really proud of them."
The biggest change in the week of practice leading up to the Zuni game was getting into an offensive rhythm, and it started with the Eagles' running game.
"The difference was that we changed up the momentum and rhythm. We wanted to get the offense comfortable first, so we've been working on our run game," Tallbull said. "We want to be versatile, and be able to run and throw the ball. I'm really proud of our run game, and we're just getting better."
While the running game got the Prep offense going, stopping the run triggered the defense.
Tallbull said the Eagles (1-2) were able to stop the Zuni running game, and it carried over to the pass defense. He said that against the spread offense the Thunderbirds (2-2) ran, the defense was on top of everything Zuni threw at it.
The Eagles will try to make it two straight when they host Shiprock (1-3) next week.
"I think they understand how much work it takes to win a game," Tallbull said of the Eagles. "The win does feel good, but we have other business to take care of."