By Sam Conner
The Winslow Bulldogs got an important 42-14 win over the Coconino Panthers at home Friday night. The teams entered the game with winning records and vying for playoff berths. Winslow improved its record to 5-3, and making itself a serious contender for a playoff spot and a possible home game in the first round. Coconino fell to 5-3, but still has hopes of securing a playoff berth.
The Bulldogs scored on their first play from scrimmage when Kelly Wood raced 78 yards to the end zone. Lucas Jordan booted the conversion for an early 7-0 lead. Winslow had an apparent touchdown negated by a penalty erasing a 60-yard punt return by Henry Montiel.
Montiel did score early in the second quarter on a 30-yard run and Jordan converted for a 14-0 Winslow lead.
Coconino got on the scoreboard on a 53-yard pass from Damian Alarcon to Steve Sorden. Sorden converted to cut the Winslow lead to 14-7. The Panthers tied the score on a 25-yard run Christian Daulton to complete a 72-yard drive. Sorden converted to tie the score at 14-14.
The Bulldogs regained the lead on a 10-yard run by James Martinez with just over a minute left in the half. Jordan’s conversion gave Winslow a 21-14 lead at the intermission.
Coconino drove deep late in the third quarter, but Sorden missed a 27-yard field goal attempt. Winslow then drove 80 yards and Martinez passed 36 yards to Demetrius Gamez to give the Bulldogs a 28-14 lead after Jordan’s conversion.
Wood ran four yards for a Winslow touchdown midway through the fourth quarter and Jordan’s conversion in-creased the lead to 3-14. Martinez ran a yard for the final touchdown in the closing minutes and Jordan’s conversion put the 42-14 final score on the board.
The Bulldogs will host the Monument Valley Mustangs on Friday, Oct. 19, in another game that likely has important playoff implications. The Mustangs have had a very successful season and are a likely playoff team. The Mus-tangs defeated the Ganado Hornets 47-8 at Kayenta to remain undefeated at 8-0. They have not played as tough a schedule as the Bulldogs, but still look like a dangerous opponent. Winslow will finish its regular season Oct. 26 against the top ranked Blue Ridge Yellowjackets in Lakeside. Blue Ridge stayed undefeated with an easy 55-0 win over the Prospectors at Apache Junction.
Coconino has an important game next week as well when the Panthers meet the Flagstaff Eagles at Northern Arizona University for the city championship and a possible playoff berth. Flagstaff defeated the Cardinals 38-0 at Glendale to improve to 6-2.
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By Sam Conner