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Panthers roll past Eldorado, remain perfect to start season


Led by a stifling defense and key contributions on offense from quarterback Logan Howell and running backs Jacob Ramsted and Zach Mora-Dotson, the Piedra Vista High School football team cruised to a 46-7 win at home Thursday night over Eldorado.

Meantime, boys and girls tournament action is underway on the soccer fields and volleyball courts for teams around San Juan County.

Here's a look at all the prep sports action from Thursday.

Football

PIEDRA VISTA 46, Eldorado 7

The unbeaten season continues for the Piedra Vista High School football team, who scored 24 unanswered points in the second half on their way to a 46-7 blowout over Eldorado Thursday night at Hutchison Stadium.

Quarterback Logan Howell threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for another as the Panthers offense worked both through the air and on the ground, with running backs Zach Mora-Dotson and Jacob Ramsted both finding the end zone in the rout.

"There's still a few areas where we're missing some things, but this was definitely one of our most well-rounded games so far," said head coach Jared Howell.

Logan Howell connected with both Dax Vigil and Josh Brown for touchdown passes as the Panthers went into the locker room leading 22-7 at the half. Howell has continued to perform well this season, proving versatile both with the passing game and on his feet, making plays outside of the pocket.

"The pass protection this season has been really good," Jared Howell said. "That's giving Logan a few options as to go downfield or spread the defense outside the pocket."

The Panthers came into this game as the top-ranked team in the state in Class 5A according to MaxPreps, while ranked second in the state in the most recent coaches poll.

Piedra Vista (4-0) will play at home on Friday when they face fourth-ranked Goddard. It will be the last time the Panthers will play at Hutchison Stadium for more than a month before four consecutive games on the road.

Girls Soccer

FARMINGTON 4, Hobbs 0

Jenna Elledge did all the scoring for the Farmington High School girls soccer team with help from Danielle Bamba, Alyssa Taft and Laree Velasquez as the Lady Scorpions blanked Hobbs 4-0 on Thursday afternoon in the first game of the Albuquerque Academy Tournament.

Elledge, one of the team's leading scorers coming into the tournament, helped the team advance into the winners bracket of the tournament while improving their record to 4-0-1 on the season.

Taft recorded a pair of assists, giving her six on the season while Bamba and Velasquez recorded an assist in the contest.

"The girls played well and kept themselves composed throughout the game," said Lady Scorpions coach Bryce Frost.

The Lady Scorpions are currently ranked second in the state at the Class 5A level according to MaxPreps.

PIEDRA VISTA 2, Carlsbad 1

Rachel Rodriguez and Millet Frias each scored a goal as the Piedra Vista girls soccer team earned a 2-1 win Thursday afternoon over Carlsbad in tournament action at Albuquerque Academy.

With assists from Elysia McKinney and Sarah Lopez, the Lady Panthers (4-1-1) have won three of their last four matches and will move on in the winners bracket for the tournament.

For Carlsbad, Thursday's loss was their first of the season. The Cavegirls now have a record of 5-1-2 on the current campaign. Last year, the team advanced to the Class 5A state championship game which they lost 1-0 to Cibola.

"We played really well," said Piedra Vista head coach Shaun Taylor. "We dominated play for most of the game against a really good team."

KIRTLAND CENTRAL 4, Grants 2

The Kirtland Central High School girls soccer team picked up their second straight win Thursday night, doubling up on Grants by a final of 4-2 at home at Bill Cawood Field.

The Lady Broncos improved their record to 4-3 on the season ahead of a Saturday afternoon home contest when they face Moriarty.

LOS LUNAS 6, Aztec 1

The Los Lunas High School girls soccer team scored four times in the first half on their way to a 6-1 Thursday afternoon at home over Aztec.

Los Lunas came into the match ranked in the top 10 among Class 5A schools in girls soccer, while Aztec (1-6) has lost six in a row since opening their season with a win last month against Grants.

Aztec will prepare for district action later this month when they face Miyamura on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Boys Soccer

SANDIA PREP 4, Farmington 1

Finn Saunders scored three goals for the Sandia Prep boys soccer team, who prevailed at home Thursday afternoon 4-1 over Farmington.

Saunders, who leads the state in goals scored this season with 17, provided the bulk of the offense for the Sundevils, who improved to 4-1 on the season.

The Scorpions have lost two of their last three games and fall to 4-2 on the current season.

KIRTLAND CENTRAL 4, Grants 0

The Kirtland Central boys soccer team earned their first win of the season, shutting out Grants by a final of 4-0 Thursday night at Bill Cawood Field.

The Broncos came into the match having lost or tied each of their first eight games of the current season, including a 3-0 loss on the road at Bayfield earlier this week.

Kirtland Central, with a record of 1-5-3 this season will look to continue their winning ways when they host Moriarty on Saturday at 3 p.m.

ALBUQUERQUE ACADEMY 9, Piedra Vista 1

The Albuquerque Academy boys soccer team scored eight times in the first half and were never threatened in a 9-1 rout Thursday afternoon at home against Piedra Vista.

The Chargers are unbeaten in four of their last five games, while the Panthers fall to 2-3-1 on the season. Piedra Vista will be back in action this weekend during tournament play before resuming the regular season on Tuesday when they visit Durango.

Volleyball

BLOOMFIELD 3, Cuba 0

Juniors Aliya Quintana and Danielle Johnson combined for 15 kills as the Bloomfield High School volleyball team won for the second time in their last three matches, sweeping Cuba three games to none at Bobcat Arena.

The Lady Bobcats won the match 25-16, 25-10 and 25-18 to improve their record on the season to 4-4. Bloomfield lost earlier this week on the road at Scorpion Arena to Farmington but bounced back nicely, thanks to solid play from junior Trinity McMurry (six kills) and senior Gerilynn Delegarito, who recorded five kills and four aces in the victory.

Bloomfield will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 17 when they visit Escalante.