Panthers edge Farmington to open season

Piedra Vista makes fewer mistakes to win fourth straight against archrival

Matt Hollinshead,
  • The Panthers bolted to a 17-6 lead before hanging on for the win.
  • Farmington was plagued by some ill-timed turnovers.
  • PV welcomes Goddard next week, while the Scorps are at Del Norte.


FARMINGTON — The latest installment of Farmington’s crosstown football rivalry was marred by penalties, but Piedra Vista had a couple of extra bright moments to its credit.

As a result, the Panthers downed Farmington High 17-14 tonight at Hutchison Stadium. PV has won four straight meetings against FHS.

"Oh, man, it's unbelievable. We executed, did our job," PV cornerback Christian Chavez said.

PV began muscling its way up the field with 3- and 4-yard gains, which soon led to bigger gains.

With PV up 3-0 entering the second quarter, Panthers quarterback Cameron Swarts cut left and darted to the left corner for a 21-yard score. Tim Timmerman later expanded the margin by going more than 80 yards to the house. The Panthers led 17-6 at that point of the second quarter.

Farmington's Johnny Shuttleworth, center, finds an opening up the middle against Piedra Vista Friday at Hutchison Stadium.

But the Scorpions responded with some big pass plays, cutting the deficit to 17-14 with 10:35 left in regulation, thanks to a 6-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Jacob Brown. But it wasn’t quite enough to overcome their numerous holding penalties.

For example, Ethan Todd caught a deep pass down the middle, but that gain was called back due to a holding call. Later on, FHS was flagged for holding while simply trying to punt.

And after getting deep into Panthers territory on multiple occasions, the Scorpions struggled to punch it in due to a few too many off-target throws.

Piedra Vista's Jalon Martinez brings down Farmington runner Dakota Halliburton Friday at Hutchison Stadium. The Panthers won the season opener for both teams, 17-14.

"We might take lumps on the way to learn some of these lessons ... but we're going to get better. That's the only thing we can promise," Farmington coach Jeff Dalton said. "We felt like we had opportunities all night, and we're not giving any excuses. (PV) capitalized on our mistakes, and we paid for it."

Farmington also committed some ill-timed turnovers, capped by an interception in front of the goal line on a fourth-and-6 play in which Chavez came through with the pick for PV.

"It was awesome, the crowd reaction and everything," Chavez said.

PV (1-0) will play host to Goddard at 7 p.m. Sept. 1, while Farmington (0-1) will play at 7 p.m. that day at Del Norte.

Matt Hollinshead covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.