By Greg Perkins
The Lobos continued their dominance over Winslow with a resounding 43-17 road win at Nasser Stadium last Friday night, improving to 4-2 on the season.
Snowflake opened the scoring with 9:48 left in the first on a Chase Walden to Doug Brimhall 25-yard connection. Walden ran in the two-point conversion for the only points of the quarter. Early in the second Rick Shumway broke free for a 21-yard scoring run and Kirt Solomon’s point after kick gave Snowflake a 15-0 lead. Winslow added a Lukas Jordan 32-yard field goal before the half, leaving the Lobos with a 15-3 halftime cushion.
Walden’s return to the lineup has certainly sparked what was already a good team. Walden scored on a six-yard run midway through the third quarter, then hooked up with Braccin Tanner for a 74-yard catch and run. Kelly Wood scored for the Bulldogs on a 17-yard run on the final play of the third quarter. Jordan converted to cut the Snowflake lead to 29-10 entering the final period.
In the final stanza, Tanner and Walden connected again, this time from nine yards out. Wood scored again for Winslow on a five-yard run with 8:56 left in the game. Jordan converted to cut the Snowflake lead to 29-17. Then, with less than two minutes left in the game, Walden found Rick Shumway for a 41-yard scoring strike for the Lobos’ final points of the night.
Walden finished the night completing 11 of 15 attempts for 221 yards with four touchdowns. Dallin Merrell was good on his only pass for 38 yards. Tanner lead the receiving corps with four catches for 103 yards. Rick Shumway caught two for 79 yards. Doug Brimhall had two grabs for 35 yards and Merrell made three catches good for 34 yards. Josh Kelley had one catch for eight yards.
Rick Shumway led a balanced rushing attack with 37 yards on five runs. Walden picked up 32 on 11 runs. Kelley gained 22 on five tries. Merrell rushed for 20 yards on six attempts.
Snowflake outgained Winslow 379 total yards to 271 with a decided advantage in the passing game.
After a tough stretch of games the Lobos will host Page in what should be an easier contest for them. The Sand Devils have won just two games on the year and shouldn’t pose much of a threat to Snowflake.
By Greg Perkins