Here are some key Week 10 football games to watch in and around San Juan County

Matt Hollinshead,

Bloomfield vs. Kirtland Central

The Bobcats (8-0, 1-0) face a big roadblock toward potentially landing the No. 1 seed in the 4A playoffs, now that KC (4-3, 1-0) is playing its best football right now behind its recent scoring resurgence.

The Broncos have won three straight games, and their offense is scoring 38.3 points a game during that span.

However, KC will also have a tall order taking on Bloomfield’s monster defense, which is averaging just 12.1 points allowed per game.

For Kirtland, handing Bloomfield its first loss of 2019 would do plenty to help secure a playoff berth.

Piedra Vista at Highland

Highland (5-3, 0-1) had a rough start to district against Farmington, losing 55-22, but they’ll be back home in the Duke City for this one. 

Fresh off a 53-3 win at Miyamura to open district, the Panthers (6-2, 1-0) can’t afford to endure a possible trap game against the Hornets down at Milne Stadium in Albuquerque.

With the latest crosstown battle with FHS looming, and with possible back-to-back district titles on the line, the Panthers can make it easier on themselves by knocking the Hornets out of the district title conversation.

Shiprock at Albuquerque

After beating Albuquerque Academy for the second straight time, the Chieftains (5-3) again demonstrated they’re fully capable of holding their own playing a tougher schedule.

Having already beaten Pojoaque Valley in the season opener, followed by AA, Shiprock has a chance to take an important step over at Milne Stadium.

A win over the Bulldogs (or at least a close battle with them) would be a defining moment for SHS.

Shiprock would not only be back on the map, but it’d also speak volumes on the program’s potential under coach Anthony Clah.

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

Kirtland Central's Dallin Mangelson pivots forward after a catch against Aztec's Tristen McNeal (23) during Friday's District 1-4A football opener at Bill Cawood Field in Kirtland.