FARMINGTON — The Shiprock football team continued its trend of winning every other game by clobbering Cuba 40-12 tonight on the road.
It was a nice bounce back for the Chieftains (3-3), who were beaten 50-0 by Kirtland Central on their home field last week. Coach Eric Stovall said his team won the game in the trenches.
"We came out fast; the offensive line played really well and got the running game going fast and quick," Stovall said. "And our defense did an excellent job, too."
Steve Lara rushed for more than 100 yards against Cuba (1-5), the third time he's accomplished that feat in the past four weeks. He had two TD runs, and Quaid Shorty added a third touchdown on the ground.
Rhakeem Anagale also looked good after last week's rough outing in which he failed to complete a pass. The junior signal caller threw three TD passes.
Stovall said the coaches never let the players' confidence waiver after the big loss.
"It's a credit to our coaches for keeping the confidence up," Stovall said. "The assistants did an outstanding job this week, coaching them up and keeping them focused."
Donovan Chee had two interceptions in the win for Shiprock, which comes back home to play Crownpoint (3-3) next week in its final nondistrict game.
Navajo Prep coach Victor Crawford could not be reached for comment. No score was reported for the game between Prep and Window Rock, Ariz.
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.