By Greg Perkins–
The Roadrunners wrapped up their season at the dome in Eagar Friday night, losing to the Round Valley Elks 59-14. The loss was Holbrook’s eighth of the season, against just one mark in the win column.
Despite their overall record, Coach Curtis Berger had praise for his team. “We’ve asked a lot of these young men this year. A new offense, a new defense, a new conference and a new coach have all made this transitional year tough. I applaud all the young men who’ve put in all the time and effort to field a team and play our nine varsity games this year,” he stated.
The Elks came into their final home game on Senior Night needing a win to ensure a playoff berth in Division V. They scored first with 4:01 left in the opening quarter on a 22-yard run by Braxton Brown. Just three minutes later, Ethan Workman scooted in from 36 yards out, leaving the Roadrunners on the wrong end of a 14-0 first quarter score.
The Elks posted three scores in the second period. Early in the quarter Brown, who went over 100 yards on the night, scored on a 13-yard run. With only 43 seconds left, Caleb Whiting scored from a yard out. Following a successful onside kick the Elks got on the board as time expired in the half with a Konstantin Laurent 35-yard field goal, giving the home team a comfortable 31-0 halftime lead.
With 5:43 left in the third Holbrook was forced to punt from its own end zone. That punt was blocked and recovered by the Elks, increasing the margin to 38-0. Holbrook got on the board just seconds later when Torrian Epps broke free from the pocket and took off for 73 yards. Michael Kennedy booted the point after, but the Birds trailed 38-7. Round Valley added a two-yard scoring run late in the period and went to the fourth on top 45-7.
Early in the fourth Ryan Baldonado threw a nice fade pass from nine yards out which was caught by Epps. Kennedy’s point after ended Holbrook’s scoring for the season. Round Valley added two more scores midway through the final period.
Shem Bowman again was a standout on defense for the Roadrunners. James Self, Rashaun Baldwin and freshman Lanny Newton-Pender also played well, according to Coach Berger. Players also drawing praise included seniors Reuben Kee and Michael Kennedy in their lineman and kicker roles, respectively.
Holbrook 0 0 7 7 14
Round Vly 14 17 14 14 59
Holbrook will need to replace 11 seniors from this year’s squad, but does have a large number of underclassmen, who, if they put in the necessary off-season work, can make the team better next year.