By Arnie Leshin
Piedra Vista didn’t take long to become a visitor with a goal, striking quickly in Friday night‘s 28-8 District 1/2 5A opener at Capital.
From there the Jaguars had to call on the defense again when the Panthers tallied again with a minute remaining in the first quarter, the first coming on junior quarterback Logan Howell’s 12-yard pass to junior Jacob Romsted, the second on when Howell scored from the.
Senior Jack Thompson was good on both PAT kicks and it was 14-0 heading into the second quarter, but now Capital had a 21-0 deficit when Piedra Vista, now 6-3, claimed a 21-0 lead at halftime. This occurred when Howell tossed a 10-yard pass to sophomore Hunter Schwartz and Thompson again converted.
Right after the intermission, the Jaguars got on the scoreboard when versatile junior quarterback Julian Munoz found junior Javier Martinez with a 6-yard pass into the end zone. Munoz then successfully ran for the two-pointer.
The Panthers went scoreless in the third quarter and tacked on their final touchdown with four minutes left in regulation on Howell’s 20-yard scamper to pay dirt and Thompson completed a 4-for-4 point-after day.
Next stop for Capital is a district trip to Miyamura in Gallup next Friday with noon the scheduled kickoff time. Miyamura is 3-5, but lost to all quality opponents — Socorro, Belen, Bloomfield, Piedra Vista, and unbeaten Farmington, the No. 1 team in 5A. Miyamura’s big surprise was a 7-0 win at Moriarty in three overtimes. Must have been a nasty weather game.