LIVE BLOG: High School Football Game of the Week
Los Lunas 42, Piedra Vista 0 - FINAL
10:30 p.m. — Los Lunas tacked one more touchdown in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter before the final whistle blew.
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9:05 p.m. — P.V.'s Tatum Etsitty intercepted a pass for the first big bright spot on the night for the Panthers.
9 p.m. — PV shot themselves in the foot (again) late in the 3rd quarter on defense after being called for a personal foul (facemask) penalty on 3rd and long. The penalty allowed the Tigers to keep the ball and move across midfield. The Tigers failed to make anything substantial out of the drive other than to chew up more clock (1:05 left in third).
In the waning seconds of the quarter, QB Logan Howell was picked off for another TD.
8:55 p.m.— PV mounted a bit of a drive down four touchdowns, getting the ball out to midfield before back-to-back-to-back plays lost yards, forcing them to punt.
8:40 p.m. — The second half started the way the first half finished, with the Panthers losing yards and punting away their opening drive. The Tigers went for it on fourth-and-11 at the PV 36 yards line and converted when Devin Gallegos made a great catch before taking a hard hit in the center of the field. The Tigers ran the ball four straight times, ending with a Keven Munoz TD run from 5 yards out. The extra point made the score 28-0 with 7:39 left in the 3rd.
8:30 p.m. — OTHER SCORES: Farmington leading Roswell 21-0 3rd quarter.
St. Pius 14, Bloomfield 14 3rd quarter
Halftime observations: PV had trouble from the outset, with penalties and a running game that went nowhere much of the half. Give Los Lunas credit, they took advantage of PV miscues and find themselves up three touchdowns at the half.
8:10 p.m. — Final minute and a half of the first half was a complete nightmare for the Panthers, who lost yards on the ensuing kickoff after falling behind 14-0, then nearly gave up a huge punt return with under 10 seconds on the clock. The Tigers ran two plays from the PV 35 yards line and scored on a touchdown run by Paul Cieremans, his third of the game, after coverage broke down from the line.
Los Lunas 21, Piedra Vista 0
8 p.m. — LOS LUNAS 14, PIEDRA VISTA 0
Paul Cieremans on a QB keeper from 12 yards out scores, followed by a successful 2-point conversion with 2:05 left to go in the first half.
7:55 p.m. — LOS LUNAS 6, PIEDRA VISTA 0
Panthers commit third turnover of the first half, fumbling the ball near midfield on an off-tackle run play. Tigers ball at the Panther 42.
7:50 p.m. — LOS LUNAS 6, PIEDRA VISTA 0 (2nd quarter)
Both teams showing signs of rust as the first half has gone along. PV has committed two turnovers and several procedural penalties. Los Lunas has made a few big plays in the middle of the field, but their lone score came with a very short field after a muffed punt attempt.
Kirtland Central with a 6-0 lead over Silver in the second quarter
Piedra Vista with ball at Los Lunas 20 yard line, 7:13 to go in second quarter.
END OF FIRST QUARTER - Los Lunas 6, Piedra Vista 0
Cieremans scores on a 5-yard run late in the first quarter.
Both teams have had some big plays, but Los Lunas took advantage of a short field after a Panther fumble midway in the first quarter.
FARMINGTON — Opening night of the prep football season features several intriguing matchups, including 7th ranked (MaxPreps) Los Lunas traveling to Hutchison Stadium in Farmington to face the 21st ranked Piedra Vista Panthers.
Also on the docket Friday night is the home opener for the Aztec Tigers facing Miyamura while the Kirtland Central Broncos host Silver. The 5th ranked Farmington Scorpions are on the road facing Roswell while the 24th ranked Bloomfield Bobcats are at home against St. Pius.
Meantime, Shiprock opens the football season on the road at Pojoaque Valley and Navajo Prep will play host to Monument Valley, Utah.
We'll be providing live updates from the Los Lunas vs. Piedra Vista game as often as possible, as well as updates from other games involving local and area teams.
Steve Bortstein can be reached via email at SBortstein@Gannett.com, via Twitter @DTSBortstein or on the phone at (505) 635-2680