Aztec survives Gallup to earn 28-27 victory

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON — The Aztec football team came into Friday night's game against Gallup with one goal — starting district play with a win.

The Tigers got it, barely.

With Aztec up 28-21 in the fourth quarter, Gallup (2-5, 0-1 District 1-5A) moved down the field and found the end zone in the final couple of minutes and needed only an extra point to send the game to overtime.

But on the point conversion attempt, the Bengals were hit with a penalty, and after the ball was moved back, Gallup missed the extra point to give Aztec the win.

"We preached the idea of district play being a new season and that we wanted to go 1-0 this week to start district," Aztec head coach Matt Steinfeldt said. "I'm extremely proud of the boys' effort tonight."

Jake Taylor scored twice for the Tigers (2-5, 1-0), getting one receiving touchdown and returning a punt for the other.

Dylan Sutherland recorded one receiving touchdown, and Zane Bradshaw scored once on the ground.

Aztec will be back home next week, hosting rival Farmington (5-2, 0-1).

"We will get our first two-game homestand," Steinfeldt said. "Playing in front of our community will be the boost we need. Our goal this week is the same, to go 1-0. We need to clean some things up from the Gallup game, but it was great for our confidence."

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.