Chieftains down Wingate for first win of season

KC, Newcomb continue winning ways

The Daily Times staff
Shiprock's Alfred Smart fights for extra yards against Wingate's Kelvin Capitian (38) during Friday's homecoming game at Chieftain Field.

SHIPROCK — The Shiprock football team finally got a breakthrough performance from its offense as the Chieftains topped Wingate 38-22 in tonight’s homecoming game for their first victory of the season.

The hosts not only ended their six-game losing streak, they also snapped a string of four straight games of failing to score. Coach Michael Switch also won his first game as a head football coach.

The Shiprock backfield took advantage of plenty of space in the running lanes and kept fighting for extra yardage. The wide receivers also reached their spots quickly, coming up with well-timed catches downfield.

The Chieftains opened on a 22-0 run and didn’t look back.

Wingate narrowed it to a 30-22 game late in the third quarter, scoring on a quarterback keeper.

But Shiprock quarterback Tyris Newton, who also had three interceptions on defense, sealed the win, darting down the left sideline for a rushing touchdown.

Kirtland Central, Newcomb continue dominance

The Broncos crushed Moriarty on the road, 48-12, in tonight’s Class 4A clash. Elsewhere, the Skyhawks topped Cuba, 52-20.

KC has won four straight games, while Newcomb remains unbeaten at 8-0.

Panthers drop key 5A game

Piedra Vista struggled to get things going on the scoring end, falling 26-14 tonight at Roswell.

Navajo Prep’s homecoming game cancelled

Dolores, Colorado, was short-handed on players tonight, leading to the cancellation of its game against Navajo Prep.

The Eagles' district game against Laguna Acoma on Oct. 26 now will double as Prep's newly scheduled homecoming game.