FARMINGTON — For the third straight game, the Shiprock football team surpassed the 40-point mark and secured a lopsided win.
Tonight, Wingate was Shiprock's victim, as the Chieftains (5-3, 1-0) came roaring out of a bye week with a 50-0 victory at Chieftain Stadium in Shiprock.
Chieftains coach Eric Stovall said the bye did his squad a lot of good.
"We did better on special teams. We got a score at the end of the game out of our special teams," Stovall said. "We also did a good job schematically on defense for the simple fact that we had extra time to prepare, to watch film and also to get healthy."
Shiprock tailback Steve Lara was a load for the Wingate (3-5, 0-1) defense to bring down, and the senior left defenders in his wake on his way to more than 120 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
Darren Harrison and Tirus Newton caught TDs from Chiefs QB Rhakeem Anagale, who threw for three touchdowns.
Stovall said it was great to get that first district win under the team's belt, but now it's time to move forward.
"We're proud of the kids for picking up that first district game, but it's over now, and the message is to not be complacent, and to focus on the task at hand," Stovall said. "We've got to get mentally and physically prepared for Thoreau. They're a good ball club, especially at home."
Shiprock will be on the road for the tilt with Thoreau next week. Last season, the Chieftains edged the Hawks 24-20 at home.
Navajo Prep 12, Thoreau 6
The Navajo Prep football team started play in District 1-4A with a victory, edging Thoreau (1-8, 0-1 District 1-4A) 12-6 on the road.
Prep coach Victory Crawford could not be reached for comment.
The Eagles (3-5, 1-0) will host Wingate (3-5, 0-1) next week.
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