By Sam Conner
The Flagstaff Eagles handed the Bulldogs a disappointing 18-10 loss in a game played in Winslow last Friday night. The win left the Eagles with a record of 2-1 and dropped Winslow to that same 2-1 record.
The Bulldogs dominated the first half in everything but the score.
Winslow drove to the shadow of the Flagstaff goalpost on its first possession, using up nearly six minutes of play-ing time.
The Eagles held and took over on downs at their six yard line, but gave Winslow a 2-0 lead when the center snap went over the quarterback’s head and out of the end zone.
Winslow drove to the Flagstaff 12 yard line following the kickoff after the safety, but lost the ball on downs again.
Flagstaff scored on a 76-yard pass from Kyle Wilson to Dylan Matthews. The kick was blocked and the Eagles led 6-2 at the end of the first quarter.
Winslow drove deep into Flagstaff territory again, but fumbled into the end zone, giving the Eagles possession at the 20 yard line. There was no scoring in the second quarter.
Flagstaff played much better in the second half and threatened in the third quarter, which ended with the score still 6-2 in favor of the Eagles.
The Eagle defense blocked a Winslow punt and recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown with 11:43 left in the game. The conversion failed and Flagstaff led 12-2.
Kyle Wilson scored for Flagstaff on a two-yard run to give the Eagles an 18-2 lead with just 3:08 left to play after the conversion was missed again.
Winslow finally got into the end zone on a five-yard pass from James Martinez to Henry Montiel. A two-point conversion pass from Martinez to Akkeem Foster got the Bulldogs within eight with the score at 18-10 with 2:04 left to play.
The onside kick failed and Flagstaff was able to run out the clock and walk off with the victory.
Winslow will play the Hornets in their next contest on Friday, Sept. 14, at Ganado.
By Sam Conner