By Greg Perkins
It was a struggle early, but in the end the Lobos snapped a two game losing streak with a hard fought 21-14 road win at St. Johns on Friday night.
A defensive first half ended with St. Johns on top 7-0, with a Colt Zeiler one-yard run in the first period counting for the only first half score.
In the third, Snowflake began to find its offense aided, by the return of Chase Walden. Coming back from a knee injury acquired this summer, Walden found the end zone on a one-yard run and again from three yards out late in the third, putting the Lobos on top 14-0 with Kirt Solomon’s point after kicks. In the fourth, Dallin Merrell pushed that lead to 21-7 on a six-yard carry.
St. Johns cut the lead to a single score with just under five minutes left on a Colt Zeiler touchdown toss to Jake Zeiler from nine yards out. From that point on, Snowflake’s defense kept the Lobos in front, helping them pick up their third win of the season against just the two losses.
Merrell and Walden combined to complete seven of 17 pass attempts for 87 yards, with Walden accounting for 68 of those yards. Doug Brimhall and Merrell led the receiving corps with two grabs each for over 30 yards. On the ground, Snowflake was led by Merrell with 122 yards gained on 20 attempts. Braccin Tanner picked up 29 on five runs. Nick Hall gained 24 on three runs. Walden gained 22 yards on nine tries. Josh Kelley rushed seven times, picking up 21 yards, and Rick Shumway rushed four times for 15 yards.
Shumway, Tanner, Alex Solomon and Reggie Petersen split defensive honors with seven tackles each.
This week the Lobos travel to Winslow to take on the Bulldogs, who are now 4-1 coming off a big Home-coming win over Chinle.
By Greg Perkins