Sep 022011

— By Greg Perkins

Week two of the football season arrives tonight (Sept. 2) as Holbrook and Winslow meet in the traditional battle of Interstate 40.

Despite being early in the season, these two teams come in on the opposite ends of the spectrum. Winslow won its opener, although not in real impressive fashion, with a 34-20 victory over a struggling Sedona team. Holbrook was dominated by a stellar Snowflake team, and needs to regain some confidence with a solid outing.

Playing on the turf in Winslow will give the quicker Bulldogs a decided advantage. Even though this game showcases a big rivalry, Winslow has certainly made this a one-sided affair for quite some time. Winslow may not yet be in the same league as Snowflake, at least not at this point in the season, but the Roadrunners will need to show improvement to keep this game close. Nothing would be a better shot in the arm for Coach Curtis Berger’s squad than an upset win over the Bulldogs.

Snowflake is coming off that big win over Holbrook and the Lobos will once again see an opponent they can dominate when they travel to Whiteriver to take on Alchesay. The Falcons have struggled in football for years and based on their 63-0 loss to Round Valley last week, their outlook remains grim. The Lobos can afford to look ahead to next week’s match-up against Blue Ridge and still take down the Falcons with ease. Snowflake will be tested in week three, but not tonight.

Speaking of easy exams, the Joseph City Wildcats, who steamrolled through Rock Point, 82-12, in the opening week, will have an even easier time when they welcome in the Cibecue Wildcats. The visiting Wildcats did put up 40 points in week one, but they also gave up 82 points to a Scottsdale Prep team that racked up more than 700 yards of total offense against them. With Remington Baldwin in their backfield, Joseph City’s Wildcats could reach that total by halftime in this contest. They will easily cruise to a 2-0 start.

All area games kick off at 7 o’clock tonight.