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Kyler Clitso keeps Prep's playoff hopes alive with strong homecoming outing vs. Tohatchi

Matt Hollinshead, mhollinshead@daily-times.com

FARMINGTON – Navajo Prep’s opening-drive interception could’ve easily closed the door on a season that was heading south fast, but Kyler Clitso did enough damage attacking the end zone to keep the Eagles’ postseason hopes alive.

"It's amazing, man. I came here to win," Clitso said after the Eagles' 36-20 homecoming win over Tohatchi tonight. "I'm going to always work hard for my team."

After Dontrelle Denetso threw an interception down the left side around midfield on the first play of regulation, which led into Tohatchi drawing first blood in the scoreboard a minute and 17 seconds in, Clitso began breaking some tackles and picking little gains.

Those runs kept adding up, and Clitso got the Eagles rolling scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run.

"That first touchdown really upped the motivation, and we got confidence and we picked it up," Clitso said.

Clitso pushed for every yard he could get, and he gave Prep (3-3) a nice cushy lead as the game progressed.

After dropping games to Crownpoint and Española Valley the previous two weeks, that opening-drive interception could’ve initiated a downward spiral.

Clitso wasn’t going to let that send the season down the tubes, though.

The Eagles are bracing for the tough part of their schedule, and tonight’s outcome gives them newfound hope.

"We answered back real quick," Clitso said.

Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 and on Twitter at @MattH_717.

Navajo Prep's Kyler Clitso pivots right and picks up a first down against Tohatchi during Friday's homecoming football game at Eagle Stadium in Farmington.
Navajo Prep's Lance Morris pushes for extra yards after a catch and picks up a first down against Tohatchi during Friday's homecoming football game at Eagle Stadium in Farmington.