Scorps win thriller over Aztec

Last-second kick return lifts Farmington to dramatic victory

The Daily Times staff
Farmington's Juan Medrano celebrates his 90-yard kick return for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter against Aztec Friday at Hutchison Stadium.

FARMINGTON — Juan Medrano was the hero in the final seconds of Fridayt’s slugfest between Aztec and Farmington, taking the football to the house on a 90-yard kick return for a touchdown to lead the Scorpions to a 32-27 victory over the Tigers at Hutchison Stadium.

FHS pulled ahead of Aztec, leading 26-14 entering the fourth quarter. But the visitors quickly stormed back.

Tigers quarterback Zach Taylor darted down the left side to score on a 32-yard keeper in the fourth quarter. Then, with 36 seconds left, Taylor connected with Mike Phillips on a 3-yard touchdown pass. Aztec led 27-26 at that point.

Then came Medrano’s big moment, capping the entertaining affair.

Farmington’s has scored 60 combined points in its back-to-back victories the last two weeks.

FHS (2-2) will play at Durango, Colorado, at 7 p.m. Sept. 21, while Aztec (1-3) will host Crownpoint in its homecoming game that same night.

Kirtland Central edges Piedra Vista

The Broncos defeated the Panthers, 7-6, Friday at Bill Cawood Field.

Kirtland beat PV for the first time since 2010.

Newcomb and Navajo Prep victorious, while Shiprock and Bloomfield fall on road

Newcomb topped Zuni 54-34, while Prep blasted Crownpoint 50-0 via the mercy rule.

Meanwhile, Shiprock lost 53-0 via the mercy rule at Bernalillo. Elsewhere, Bloomfield dropped its first game of the season, falling 28-20 at Los Alamos.