Panthers jump start run game late in victory

The Daily Times staff
Valley defenders Justice Toomalatai (24) and Garrett Moseley (6) look to bring down Piedra Vista quarterback Trent Kiraly during Friday's game at Hutchison Stadium. PV won, 26-6.

FARMINGTON – Busting through the gaps all night, Piedra Vista gradually turned those runs into points on the scoreboard en route to a 26-6 homecoming win over Valley tonight at Hutchison Stadium.

The Panthers backfield found creases, but initially struggled to create distance and get the bigger runs. They also struggled to punch it in approaching the red zone early on.

However, PV kept on running the ball down Valley’s throats, and that persistence paid off.

McKay Cook’s 20-yard touchdown run through the inner left crease at the 9:55 mark in the third quarter broke the game open.

PV kept on fighting for extra yards on the ground, and that quickly took pressure off the passing game. Quarterback Trent Kiraly put the game away for good with a pair of touchdown passes in the second half.

Meanwhile, Piedra Vista’s defense neutralized Valley with multiple group tackles in zone coverage and also deflected and intercepted the ball on numerous occasions.

PV (2-1) will play at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at Kirtland Central.

Bloomfield, Navajo Prep, Newcomb and Farmington win big

The Bobcats clobbered St. Michael's in tonight’s 47-7 home win, while the Eagles crushed Shiprock 54-8 tonight at Chieftain Stadium. The Skyhawks defeated Ignacio, Colorado at home, 42-6.

Farmington got off to a stronger start on the scoring end en route to a 28-7 win tonight at Del Norte, the Scorpions' first victory of 2018. The Scorpions ran the ball more effectively compared to the first two games.

Bloomfield and Newcomb stayed unbeaten at 3-0, while Prep and FHS both picked up their first wins of 2018 to improve to 1-2.

Aztec struggles on road

The Tigers fell behind early on and lost 63-27 tonight at Taos. Aztec (1-2) trailed 27-0 early in the second quarter and couldn't recover.