Piedra Vista lands No. 3 seed in 5A playoffs

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON – The Piedra Vista football team rolled to the District 1-5A title this season, outscoring opponents 164-37, and the Panthers have been rewarded with the third seed in the 5A playoffs.

With the No. 3 seed, PV (8-2) receives a bye into the quarterfinals, where the Panthers will face the winner of No. 6 Roswell and No. 11 Aztec.

PV faced both Roswell and Aztec during the season, falling 19-10 on Oct. 3 in Roswell, and beating the Tigers 43-14 on Oct. 23 in Aztec.

After starting the season 1-5, Aztec (4-6) found new life in District 1-5A, finishing second in the district, only losing to PV.

Roswell (6-4) finished second in District 4-5A.

The only common opponent the two sides shared this season was PV.

Farmington became the third team out of District 1-5A to make the playoffs. The Scorps (7-3) were given the 12th and final spot in the bracket after finishing third in district play.

Farmington will play at No. 5 Española Valley. The Sundevils (9-1) won the District 2-5A title.

The two teams shared two common opponents this season, Gallup and Los Alamos. Both earned lopsided victories over Gallup, and while the Scorps crushed Los Alamos 65-26, Española Valley suffered its lone defeat to the Hilltoppers, 46-28. Both games were in Los Alamos.

Entering the final week of the season, Farmington was ranked sixth in the state, but since the Scorps lost to Aztec during district play, the Tigers were awarded the higher seed.

In 4A, Bloomfield was awarded the No. 5 seed after winning the District 1-4A title.

Bloomfield (8-1) will host No. 12 Taos (5-5), which finished second in District 2-4A.

Bloomfield and Taos met earlier this season in Taos, with the Bobcats coming away with a 24-19 victory on Sept. 18.

After finishing the season unbeaten in District 1-3A and claiming its fourth straight district title, Navajo Prep was awarded the No. 10 seed in the 3A playoffs.

The Eagles (5-4) will travel to Santa Rosa to take on the Lions. Santa Rosa (4-6) finished second in District 5-3A.

The Eagles and Lions shared two common opponents, No. 1 Estancia and No. 4 Dexter, during the season. The Eagles and Lions were both on the losing end of those games.

Game days and times for the 3A, 4A and 5A playoffs are yet to be determined as teams need to make travel arrangements.

The first round of the 5A, 4A and 3A playoffs will be held Friday and Saturday.

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