By Greg Perkins
The best game of the week could be in Winslow where the Bulldogs play host to Snowflake tonight (Sept. 28).
The Lobos may well have the toughest schedule of all area teams, with their only two losses coming against the top two ranked teams in the division. Winslow is 4-1, but of its four lopsided wins, none came against a quality team. The only loss was to a good Flagstaff Eagle team by eight points.
Snowflake has owned this matchup for the past four years, winning each game, with the closest margin being two touchdowns. The Bulldogs have a solid team this year, but their level of competition really hasn’t prepared them for the speed and size the Lobos will bring. With Chase Walden back on the field for the Lobos, they should make it five years in a row over the Bulldogs. Winslow last beat Snowflake in the ‘06 season, defeating the Lobos in the regular season and the playoffs in the same year. Since that time Snowflake has controlled the rivalry. This game could be closer than two touchdowns, but Snowflake should prevail.
Joseph City plays host to the Duncan Wildkats tonight, with the visitors making a very long road trip. Both teams come into this game with 4-1 marks on the season. The hometown Wildcats come in off a 72-38 win over Fredonia last week, while Duncan defeated Ft. Thomas 44-38. The only blemish on Duncan’s schedule came three weeks ago to a solid Pima squad. Pima is traditionally one of the better teams from the Southern section of the state, so this game could give Joseph City an idea of how it will stack up with other playoff bound teams. Joseph City won this match up last season by more than 50 points. The margin may not be as large this time, but the result should be the same.
Many in Division VI feel Mogollon and Joseph City are the top two teams in the division and will meet up again late in the playoffs and possibly for a state title. Duncan will pose a challenge for the Wildcats, but the visitors will have a very long bus ride home after taking just their second loss of the season.
Holbrook’s game at Show Low was scheduled to be played on Thursday night at Cougar Stadium due to an event scheduled in Show Low tonight. Holbrook has really struggled against Show Low in recent years. With the Cougars ranked No. 2 in the state behind Blue Ridge, Roadrunner fans can expect a similar result as in last week’s contest with Blue Ridge. Show Low has tremendous team speed and strength, two things which really gave the Birds trouble last week.
Things may get a little easier for Holbrook next week, although St. Johns battled Snowflake tough last week. The Roadrunners are in the middle of a difficult three-week stretch with their only reprieve perhaps coming in two weeks when they face Walden Grove.
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By Greg Perkins