Panthers rally to ground Rockets 31-28

Karl Schneider, and Jake Newby
Farmington Daily Times

FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista football team came through with some late-game heroics, and a little bit of help from Goddard, to earn a 31-28 over the Rockets tonight at the Wool Bowl in Roswell.


“It was like a heavyweight battle,” PV coach Jared Howell said of the game. “They would hit us with a haymaker, and our kids would come back. Our kids never got too high or too low. They didn’t give up, kept playing and caught a break.”

Trailing 28-24 late in the fourth, the Panthers (2-0) drove down the field and threatened to take the lead in the final minutes. But an interception in the red zone gave the ball back to the Rockets with less than 90 seconds remaining.

PV stopped Goddard (1-1) on first and second down, calling timeouts right away to conserve time. The Rockets ran the ball on third down, and again the Panthers stopped them short of the first down. But with no timeouts left to stop the clock, PV could only wait for Goddard to punt the ball away.

The Rockets snapped the ball for the punt, but it was low, and the punter was forced to fall on the ball to keep it from reaching the end zone.

PV took over on downs with 22 seconds remaining. The Panthers' first-down pass fell incomplete. But on the ensuing play, senior Jason Compton ran a fade route to the corner of the end zone, leaped over a sea of blue Goddard jerseys and hauled in the catch for the touchdown to lift PV to a 31-28 lead with seven second left in the game.

The Panthers will host Durango, Colo., (1-1) next week at Hutchison Stadium.

Shiprock 44, Newcomb 14

The Shiprock football team struck early and often in its 44-14 win over Newcomb (0-2) tonight on the road.

“I’m very proud of our kids,” Shiprock coach Eric Stovall said in a text message. “It was a solid win for our team, parents, school and community. I’m extremely proud of our coaching staff.”

The Chieftains (1-1) piled up the points in the first quarter to take an 18-8 lead over the Skyhawks.

Shiprock added a few more scores in the second quarter to take a 38-8 lead into halftime.

The two teams traded scores in the third quarter.

Shiprock will have its first home game next week when the Chieftains host Dolores, Colo. (0-1).

“We’ll continue to work on the fundamentals and focus on competing in each practice,” Stovall said.

Montezuma-Cortez 52, Navajo Prep 2

The Navajo Prep football team had a rough showing on the road, falling to Colorado’s Montezuma-Cortez 52-2 tonight.

The Panthers (1-1) rolled through the first half and took a 45-0 advantage into halftime.

In the fourth quarter, penalties pushed the Panthers back to their own 5-yard line, setting up a safety for the Eagle defense.

Prep (0-2) will host Laguna Acoma (1-0) next week at Eagle Stadium.

Prep coach Victor Crawford could not be reached for comment.

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