By Sam Conner
The Winslow Bulldogs cruised past the Chinle Wildcats 53-7 in their Homecoming Game Friday night at Emil Nasser Stadium. The win left the Bulldogs with a 4-1 record for the season and dropped Chinle to 1-4.
The Bulldogs drove 58 yards to score on their first possession. James Martinez hit Henry Montiel with a four-yard pass for the touchdown and Lucas Jordan converted for a 7-0 lead with 9:06 to go in the quarter.
Winslow drove 57 yards on its next possession and Martinez scored on a one-yard run. The kick failed and the Bull-dogs led 13-0 with 6:40 left in the period.
Martinez scored on an 18-yard run with just seconds left in the period to give the Bulldogs a 20-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Kelly Wood ran 32 yards for pay dirt with 10:56 left in the second quarter and the Bulldogs led 26-0 after the conversion failed.
Montiel scored on a 24-yard run with just over a minute left in the first half and Jordan’s conversion gave the Bulldogs a 33-0 lead at the half.
Wood scored on a 26-yard run with just 1:40 left to play for the only score of the third quarter. Jordan’s conversion left the Bulldogs with a 40-0 lead going into the final period.
Martinez hit Montiel with a 53-yard scoring pass with 11:54 left to play. Jordan’s conversion gave to Bulldogs a 47-0 lead. The rest of the game was played with a running clock, but ironically, both teams scored in the final 10 seconds and the last two plays of the game.
Chinle scored on an eight-yard pass from Dustin Grey to Rayne Brady. Jarrison Francis booted the conversion to cut Winslow’s lead to 47-7 with just seconds remaining in the game.
Wood returned the kickoff 68 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the game, giving the Bulldogs a 53-7 victory.
The Bulldogs will have a tough test on Friday, Sept. 28, when they host the Snowflake Lobos. The Lobos defeated St. Johns 21-14 to improve their record to 3-2 for the season. Friday’s game will likely have an impact on both teams as they strive to make the playoffs.
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By Sam Conner