Howell, Rascon and Yazzie highlight Daily Times players of the week
FARMINGTON – The Piedra Vista and Bloomfield High School football teams came away victorious this weekend, thanks to some outstanding individual performances.
Meantime, the Farmington High School volleyball team also was led on the court by one of the team's top scorers as they brought home a championship in tournament action at Santa Fe last weekend.
Those athletes have been named to the latest installment of Daily Times top prep players of the week.
Here's a look at some of the athletes who earned recognition this week.
Logan Howell, Piedra Vista High School football
The senior quarterback threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for another as the Panthers rolled to a 46-7 rout at home Thursday night over Eldorado, remaining unbeaten on the season and at the top of the polls among Class 5A teams in the state of New Mexico.
Howell connected with both Dax Vigil and Paul Brown during last week's victory, adding to his total this season, in which he's thrown for six scores and rushed for four.
"He's doing a much better job of stepping up into the pocket and delivering the ball with accuracy," said Panthers head coach Jared Howell. "Along with the ability to extend plays with his legs, he's matured a lot on the field this year."
Assistant coach Kevin Werth has also seen the maturity of Howell to adjust on the fly during games.
"He's done a great job checking us into a better play based on defensive alignments," Werth said. "A real reflection of him learning and continuous study of our offense."
The Panthers signal caller has been effective both in and out of the pocket, allowing the team to outscore their opponents by a two-to-one ratio this season. Piedra Vista is one of only six schools in the state with an unbeaten record this season and the only remaining team with an unblemished record in Class 5A.
Piedra Vista will put that unbeaten streak on the line Thursday night at home when they face 3-1 Goddard.
George Rascon, Jr., Bloomfield High School football
The Bobcats junior wide out caught a touchdown pass on Friday night during a 17-14 win over Albuquerque Academy, but also picked off a pair of passes to allow Bloomfield to remain perfect this season.
Rascon has been one of several reliable weapons in a Bloomfield offense that has racked up more than 44 points per game this season. Along with Drew Perez, Jesse Seitzinger and Andrew Bair, who also have caught touchdowns this season, Rascon has helped the Bobcats reach the top of the polls among Class 4A teams in the state of New Mexico.
"We've been fortunate to have such a good group of playmakers," said Bloomfield head coach Mike Kovacs. "(Rascon) has been one of them for us. On both sides of the ball, he's stepped up."
The Bobcats are one of three teams still unbeaten in Class 4A, along with Portales and Silver. Bloomfield has a bye this week before a home game on Friday, Sept. 23, against Valencia.
Linsey Yazzie, Farmington High School volleyball
The sophomore outside hitter was instrumental to the Lady Scorpions, who capped off a successful weekend of tournament action Saturday at Santa Fe High School with a three games to none sweep over Aztec.
Yazzie leads the team in kills and is one of the leading servers on the squad, with 10 aces.
"As a sophomore, (Yazzie) is quickly developing into an outstanding varsity player," said Farmington volleyball coach Lars Baker. "She has good instincts blocking at the net and has a heavy serve that takes teams out of system and helps us generate attacks as well."
Farmington's volleyball team, ranked fifth in the state among Class 5A teams, have lost only two sets out of 12 in their last four matches, which include tournament wins last weekend over Valencia and Grants.
"(Yazzie) has really developed her confidence to swing away as an attacker," Baker said.
The Lady Scorpions will be home on Tuesday, Sept. 20 when they face off against Monument Valley.