Here are some key Week 3 football games to watch this weekend in San Juan County
Aztec vs. Taos
AHS welcomes the defending 4A state champions to Fred Cook Memorial Stadium on Friday for one of the marquee statewide Week 3 matchups.
Both squads have scored a combined 167 points in the first two weeks of 2019, so it should be an action-packed, high-scoring shootout.
This matchup will also potentially symbolize the first major resume win of 2019 for whoever comes out on top.
Taos won the previous matchup 63-27 last September at Anaya Field, but the run-heavy Tigers graduated their top four stat leaders (Justin Good, Jonathan Garcia, Brian Morgaga and Adam Vigil) in the ground game from 2018.
Previously pass-heavy, Aztec is again incorporating a more balanced attack, with players like Mikey Phillips and Alex Parra leading the charge.
Navajo Prep vs. Shiprock
Prep responded to its 38-0 Week 1 loss to Newcomb by blasting Wingate 50-0 in Week 2.
The Eagles have a chance to tack on another solid win and finish their four-game home stand strong.
If Prep concludes its home stand on a high note with wins over Shiprock and Crownpoint (that game’s the following week), the Eagles will have much-needed confidence to start taking control of their playoff destiny.
A rough first half cost Prep a playoff appearance in 2018, and the Eagles look to rectify that in 2019.
As for Shiprock, first-time coach Anthony Clah looks to stay unbeaten for another week.
And because the Chieftains are an independent squad, they can’t qualify for the playoffs.
Shiprock should be relaxed and ready to go because it has very little to lose.
Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 and on Twitter at @MattH_717.