The Bulldogs moved into USA Today’s Super 25 Region VI rankings at No. 15 after becoming the first team to put a blemish on Faith Lutheran’s record in a 0-0 tie.
The Panthers (24-3, 9-0 Mountain League) have a two-game lead over Centennial, Rancho and Shadow Ridge with four matches remaining in the regular season.
The Crusaders stayed undefeated and moved up two spots to third in the USA Today Super 25, while Eldorado handed the 14th-ranked Las Vegas boys their first loss.
The Durango Fall Classic, a 64-team event with a mix of schools from the valley and others from all over the country, will be played at four schools Friday and Saturday.
Charron Thomas scored three rushing touchdowns and added another on a punt return as Palo Verde rallied for a 43-27 road victory over Durango.