By Greg Perkins–
A week of spirited Homecoming activities didn’t carry over to a win on Homecoming night for the Holbrook Roadrunners.
Hosting Chinle in front of a large crowd, the Roadrunners broke a scoreless tie late in the first period on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Baldonado to Rashaun Baldwin. The point after try was blocked, leaving the Birds with a 6-0 edge.
Midway through the second period the Wildcats connected on their own long scoring play to knot the score at 6-6. When the Cats pushed across the two-point conversion they held an 8-6 lead. With under four minutes to play in the half, Torrian Epps put the Roadrunners back in front on a one-yard run, set up by his 11-yard run on fourth and ten. Holbrook’s point after try failed, but the Roadrunners went to the break on top, 12-8.
That margin held until the 3:41 mark of the third when the Wildcats took the lead for good on a two-yard scoring run. Their extra point kick was the final scoring of the game, leaving the Roadrunners with a 15-12 loss on Homecoming night.
Both teams struggled all night long with turnovers. The Roadrunners forced Wildcat turnovers, but also gave the ball back on nine different occasions, with six of those being interceptions.
Baldonado returned to the field for the first time this season, and completed six of 18 passes for 116 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions. Epps was two for 13 throwing the ball with a pair of interceptions. Holbrook had five different receivers make catches, led by Frank Martin with three grabs for 51 yards. Baldwin had one catch for 40 yards and a score. James Self caught one for 15. Baldonado had one grab for 14 yards. Michael Kennedy had one catch for 10 yards and Daniel Foster had one for eight yards.
Holbrook gained 143 yards on the ground led by Baldwin with seven carries for 61 yards. Epps rushed five times for 33 yards. Self had three totes for 25 yards. Foster rushed six times, gaining 20 yards. Shem Bowman had two carries for four yards.
Holbrook’s defense was led by Bowman with 12 tackles, including five solo tackles for loss. Self added 10 tackles, Rashaun Baldwin, 9, and Brian Bamondi, 7. Sheldon Silversmith and Baldwin also had interceptions.
“Overall, it was a game lost due primarily to turnovers. Our defense was on the field a lot and did a superb job holding the Wildcats to just two touchdowns. It was a disappointing loss from which we look forward to bouncing back,” said Coach Curtis Berger.
Rashaun Baldwin was selected by the coaches as the Player of the Week for his nine tackles and an interception on defense, as well as his 101 total yards of offense.
Chinle 0 8 7 0 15
Holbrook 6 6 0 0 12
With the loss the Roadrunners dropped to 1-8 on the year. They will play their final game of the season at the dome in Round Valley on Friday, Oct. 28. There they will meet an Elks team that has struggled to adjust to a new coach and that is coming off a bad road loss last week at Thatcher. Chinle improved to 6-3 on the season and will be playing in the state playoffs in two weeks, although the Wildcats will be on the road somewhere for a first round match up.