FARMINGTON – Piedra Vista’s defense continues to wreak havoc, this time stalling drives against Belen en route to a critical 5A victory, 30-7, tonight at Hutchison Stadium.
Despite surrendering a 34-yard touchdown reception by Belen’s Derek Flock on the opening drive, PV resumed what it’s done the last few weeks.
The Panthers were quick to their spots, compiling key group tackles and pass breakups. Tackles for losses didn’t transpire, but they limited space through the inside creases. Belen pickups were often several yards, if that.
There were also times Belen crept closer and closer to the goal line, but penalties on the Eagles killed such momentum. And PV didn’t let up on pressuring opposing players at the point of attack, often forcing BHS to punt it away.
From there, the Panthers’ offense worked their way down the field, pounding the ball through the inside gaps and capping off drives with multiple touchdown receptions.
PV's defense has given up just 26 combined points in its last four games.
PV (3-2) will have a bye next weekend. The Panthers will return to the gridiron 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at Albuquerque’s Milne Stadium to take on Albuquerque High.
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Passing game complements another strong outing from PV defense Friday at Hutchison Stadium. Matt Hollinshead/The Daily Times