Backfield guides Panthers to win over Goddard

Piedra Vista improves to 2-0 with victory over Rockets

Matt Hollinshead,
  • The Panther running game came up big in Friday's victory, allowing PV to eat up the clock.
  • PV's Christian Chavez had an 80-yard punt return and a 43-yard field goal.
  • The Panthers are on the road next week, traveling to Durango, Colo.

FARMINGTON – The Piedra Vista football team's backfield had a field day attacking the interior lanes.

Panther ball carriers found plenty of openings up the middle and took off, guiding the home team to a 30-7 win over Goddard tonight at Hutchison Stadium.

"We just kept grinding, kept executing our blocks and would always rip (a big gain) off," PV running back McKay Cook said. "We just kept the momentum in our favor, and I think that's what helped us win the game."

Israel Gutierrez darts left for yardage during the first half against Goddard Friday at Hutchison Stadium.

Left and right, Cook, Trent Kiraly and Israel Gutierrez broke tackles and went through gaps. They zigzagged and bolted to the sides for a considerable number of 7-, 8-, 9-, even 10-yard runs.

Cook helped the Panthers draw first blood two and a half minutes into regulation, bursting through the middle for a 9-yard touchdown run. PV opened the game going 72 yards on seven plays during that drive.

And even after Christian Chavez broke the game open with an 80-yard punt return for a score and later draining a 43-yard field goal, PV’s ground unit kept pounding through the line of scrimmage.

The sizable gains kept on coming, and PV kept chopping time off the clock to coast to victory.

"If we can do that every game, I'll be a happy coach. It helps us control the ball, move the field, change the field position," Panthers coach Jared Howell said. "To be able to methodically do that, that's something that we hope we can continue."

Piedra Vista's Christian Chavez dills a 43-yard field goal during the first half against Goddard Friday at Hutchison Stadium.

Cook, Kiraly and Gutierrez combined for 240 rushing yards, and Cook and Kiraly each had one rushing touchdown.

PV (2-0) will play at 1 p.m. Sept. 9 at Durango, Colo., while Goddard (1-1) will host Carlsbad at 7 p.m. Sept. 8.


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

Friday's local prep football scores

Piedra Vista 30, Goddard 7

Shiprock 20, Newcomb 6

Durango, Colo., 35, Aztec 14

Farmington 42, Del Norte 7

Kirtland Central 21, Snowflake, Ariz., 14

Bernalillo 41, Navajo Prep 6