By Greg Perkins
Back to back weeks against the top two teams in your division is not a schedule teams like to have. For the Roadrunners, who have shown improvement this year, they were once against just simply outmanned in a rare Thursday night game at Show Low, falling to the Cougars 52-8, with their only points coming from the defense.
The Cougars opened the scoring quickly as Dallin Crandell punched in from seven yards out less than two minutes into the game. Colby Maxwell then tossed touchdown passes on three successive drives, pushing the Cougars to a commanding 26-0 first quarter lead.
An offensive touchdown, a special teams field goal and a defensive score on a 70-yard fumble recovery and run led to a 42-0 halftime lead for Show Low. Donny Borrego kicked a second field goal from 36 yards for the only scoring in the third period. Early in the fourth Holbrook avoided being shut out when Sheldon Silversmith scooped up a Cougar fumble and returned it 60 yards for six points. Daniel Foster’s two-point run ended Holbrook’s scoring for the night.
Show Low, which has traditionally been a good passing team, piled up 301 yards through the air with five touchdowns and rushed for another 200 yards on the ground. Starting quarterback Colby Maxwell completed all seven of his passing attempts for 154 yards with three scores.
Holbrook struggled offensively against a good defensive Cougar squad. Dontae Hollins, who drew praise from his coach, completed 10 of 23 attempts for 65 yards, but threw four interceptions. Michael McMonigal led the Birds with four catches for 25 yards. Silversmith made three grabs for 26 yards. Aaron Thomas caught two, gaining 13 yards, and Foster had one catch for one yard.
On the ground Shem Bowman couldn’t find much room to run, gaining only 39 yards on 13 at-tempts. Hollins rushed seven times for 14 yards and Foster picked up five yards with five attempts. Foster did have a good game returning Show Low kickoffs, piling up 150 yards on seven returns.
Bowman again led Holbrook’s defense with 19 tackles. Silversmith had 12 takedowns, Foster, 10, and Julian Garcia was credited with six stops.
“Big plays once again hurt us. I was really impressed with Dontae Hollins and his toughness. He took some big hits and got right back up and kept going. Our guys rallied around him and played harder,” said Coach John Bokker.
With the loss Holbrook fell to 2-4 on the season. This week they travel to St. Johns to face a quality Red-skin team which is just 3-3 on the season, although those three losses have been to Blue Ridge, Show Low and Snowflake, three top teams in the state.
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By Greg Perkins