Navajo Prep earns first win of 2016 over Pinon
FARMINGTON — Navajo Prep head coach Victor Crawford picked up his first win today as the leader of the Eagles (1-3), who crushed Pinon, Ariz., 45-0 on the road.
Junior power back Alijah Uentille and freshman scat back Jesse Andis both scored in the first half and opened up the passing game for quarterback Anthony Pioche-Lee after halftime.
Crawford said it felt good to put a number in the win column for the first time in four tries at the Pinon Eagles' (0-4) expense.
"We kind of started out a little bit slow. We had a few mistakes like we've had the past few weeks," Crawford said. "But we cleared a few things up and started moving the ball better. The running game was really going good today."
It wasn't all good for Pioche-Lee, who threw a pair of interceptions in the victory. But in the second half, the senior QB benefited from stacked seven- and- eight man Pinon boxes looking to stop the run, and was able to throw TD passes to Andis and Kasey James.
In the first two weeks of the season, the Eagles allowed a combined 113 points, but they made a big improvement last week by allowing only 14 against Laguna-Acoma.
Prep's defensive unit took another step forward today in keeping Pinon off the scoreboard.
"Our ability to stop the run led the way for us," Crawford said. "Mostly, we kept them three and out. They punted a couple of times. Our defense played pretty well, overall, keeping (Pinon) out of the scoring zone, for sure."
Crawford credited his assistant coaches for preparing the team properly for Pinon's rushing attack. Arizona 2A's Pinon has now failed to score in any of its last five contests dating back to the team's 2015 season finale.
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