By Greg Perkins–
Lobo fans witnessed a close game in Snowflake and were rewarded with a hard fought, six-point win over visiting St. Johns on Friday night. The Lobos came into this game on the heels of back- to-back weeks facing Blue Ridge and Show Low, two of the top teams in the area. Add in the extra distractions of Homecoming Week plus the fact that they were facing a good Division V football team in the Redskins and it was no surprise this game stayed as close as it did.
The Lobos took the lead with 6:25 left in the first period on a touchdown pass from Chase Walden to Dallin Merrell from 16 yards away. Walden ran in the two-point conversion, putting the Lobos on top 8-0.
Just three minutes later St. Johns knotted the score on a two-yard scoring run and two-point conversion.
In the third period the Lobos took the lead on a 45-yard run by Brit Smith, but the point after attempt failed, leaving the Lobos with a six-point lead with 2:14 left in the quarter.
In the fourth, St. Johns scored on another two-yard run and a successful extra point that put the Redskins on top 15-14.
Snowflake showed the qualities of a good team, coming from behind to score the winning points on a 16-yard pass from Walden to Doug Brimhall with just 1:28 left in the game. Hunter Farr’s point after kick made the final score 21-15 in favor of the Lobos.
Walden completed 12 of 16 passes for 149 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Brimhall led the receiving corps with three catches for 74 yards. Smith caught five for 46 yards. Merrell had two grabs for 16 yards. Farr caught one ball good for 13 yards. Braccin Tanner made one catch, but gained no yardage.
On the ground, Smith led the team with 117 yards on eight runs. Walden was a workhorse, running 17 times to gain 35 yards. Tanner rushed five times for 15 yards. Merrell also rushed five times, gaining 12 yards.
Ty Reidhead led the team on defense with 10 total tackles. Forrest Touchstone made eight stops. Jake Shumway had one sack. Tanner and Josie Dunn each pulled down an interception.
St. Johns 8 0 0 7 15
Snowflake 8 0 6 7 21
With the win the Lobos improved their season mark to 4-1. They will close out a three-week home stand when undefeated Winslow comes to Lobo Stadium on Friday, Sept. 30. The Bulldogs have rolled through their first five opponents, but Snowflake will be their first quality opponent in that run. If the Lobos can get past Winslow, their remaining regular season schedule remains difficult with three straight games on the road plus one final home game against Safford on Friday, Oct. 28.