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Prep football stars stand out in weekly awards

FARMINGTON − Winning efforts in football last weekend were highlighted by several outstanding performances.

Players from Shiprock High School, as well as Farmington and Piedra Vista stood out for recognition in this week's installment of athletes of the week.

Here's a look at some of the top performances last weekend in prep sports.

JARVIS BEGAY, Shiprock High Football

The senior running back slashed through the Zuni defense last weekend, rushing for 176 yards on 21 carries as he led the Chieftains to a 28-0 shutout win on the road over the Thunderbirds.

Begay has rushed for 536 yards through five games is season and has scored 12 times, not only on offense but also on special teams and defense, where he has recorded 34 tackles and a pair of interceptions.

The Chieftains (3-2) will be back in action on Friday at 7 p.m. at home where they'll face Newcomb. Shiprock will be looking for their third straight win on the season.

ZACK MORA-DOTSON, Piedra Vista High football

Not only did the senior running back gain nearly 180 yards on the ground with three scores in last weekend's win over Goddard, but he also came up big defensively. Mora-Dotson picked off a pass and was a part of a Panthers defensive attack that slowed down an otherwise impressive Goddard team.

"Every week, we've been fortunate to get some solid play from different playmakers," said Panthers head coach Jared Howell. "(Zack) was really explosive for us, making plays on both sides of the ball. He's been very important to our success when we need to pound out some big yards."

Mora-Dotson has rushed for more than 500 yards on the season and joins running back Jacob Ramsted and quarterback Logan Howell as serious downfield threats from out of the backfield.

Currently the top-ranked Class 5A football team in the state of New Mexico, Piedra Vista will hit the road for the first time this season when they visit fifth-ranked Valley High School in Albuquerque on Saturday at 1 p.m.

JEVON SMITH, Farmington High football

Smith's 73-yard touchdown run was one of the highlight moments for the Scorpions in a 41-18 road victory over Albuquerque High on Saturday afternoon.

"He's really stepped up for us both offensively and defensively this season and continues to do big things," said Farmington head coach Jeff Dalton. "He's one of those kids that when we find creative ways to use him, he's come through for us on both sides of the ball."

The Scorpions exploded for 27 unanswered points in the third quarter, turning what was a close game at the half into a runaway win.

Farmington will be looking for their second straight win on Friday at 7 p.m. when they host Rio Rancho at Hutchison Stadium.