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FARMINGTON – The Navajo Prep football team started play in District 1-3A with a win, topping Tohatchi 48-29 Friday night on the road.

“Toward the end of the game, the boys started to pull together to get the win,” Prep head coach Storm Tallbull said. “I’ve got to take my hat off to Tohatchi, they came out tonight and played football. They came into the game wanting the win, and our boys really had to pull together.”

The Eagle passing game led the way tafter the team had relied on its running game to keep opposing defenses honest over the last few games.

“We were passing the ball the majority of the time,” Tallbull said. “The last few games, we’ve been more of a running team, and Tohatchi really stuffed our run. Our passing game started to open up with Dante Alonzo and Jake Rogers on the outside, and (quarterback) Dakota Halliburton played well.”

Rogers also made his presence felt on the defensive side of the ball, picking off the Cougars (5-3, 0-1 District 1-3A) and returning the interception for a touchdown.

The Eagles (3-4, 1-0) did a good job of limiting Tohatchi’s potent running game, which had been averaging close to 250 yards per game. Tallbull said Prep’s schedule leading up to district play, which saw a lot of run-first offenses, helped prepare the Eagles for Tohatchi’s attack.

Prep will be back on the road next week, travelling to Newcomb to take on the Skyhawks (5-3, 0-1).

“At this point, every game is crucial,” Tallbull said. “It’s all about working together and finding more of our rhythm.”

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

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