By Greg Perkins
Winslow visiting Holbrook may be the best game of area teams, although based on results from the open-ing week, the game played tonight (Aug. 31) at Roadrunner Stadium could end up lopsided as well. Regardless of the outcome, a large crowd is expected in Holbrook and any Winslow-Holbrook matchup in any sport al-ways makes the competitive juices flow. This contest should be more competitive than either Joseph City at Cibecue or the Alchesay match up in Snowflake with the Lobos.
The I-40 rivalry has been pretty well controlled by the Bulldogs over the past decade and a half, with last year’s game ending in a 48-6 Winslow win. In that contest the Bulldogs jumped out to a 28-0 first period lead and held the Birds on defense until the fourth quarter. Based on the Bulldogs’ week one performance they once again have several offensive weapons at their disposal. The Bulldogs racked up over 400 yards rushing at Sedona last week, so Holbrook will certainly need to be ready for Winslow’s speedy running backs. In Hol-brook’s home field loss to Snowflake the Roadrunners showed some promise in their passing attack when they were able to give Dontae Hollins time to throw the ball. Winslow may not be as big as Snowflake across the line, but if the Birds don’t gain control of the line of scrimmage, they will be in for another long night.
Fresh off their big road win in Holbrook last week the Lobos return home to host a Falcon team that was pounded by Round Valley in the opener. The Falcons appear to once again be struggling, while the Lobos seem to have picked up right where they left off from last season’s 10-2 mark. Snowflake showed solid bal-ance, and behind the efforts of quarterback Ty Reidhead, the Lobos again have several offensive weapons. They are huge on the line of scrimmage and will have little to no problem moving to 2-0 on the season with a game that will actually be played on Thursday in Snowflake.
The Wildcats of Joseph City travel to face another Wildcat team in Cibecue tonight. The similarities be-tween these two teams begins and ends with their mascots. Cibecue is not a football school, while Joseph City is the defending state champ in its division. Enough said, look for the local Cats to roll up another big win.
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By Greg Perkins