By Greg Perkins
Locked in a defensive battle on homecoming night, the Lobos outlasted Round Valley in overtime, 14-7. The Elks came in with just three wins on the season, but they played extremely well defensively, limiting a very good Snowflake offense to just 203 total yards.
The Lobos’ defensive unit was just as tough as Round Valley throughout the game. With both sides playing stingy defense, Snowflake fans watched their team head to the locker room with goose eggs on the board in a 0-0 tie. Much of the third period also went scoreless until Chase Walden finally broke through on a two-yard run with 4:15 left in the period. Kirt Solomon’s point after kick put the Lobos on top 7-0. Round Valley answered on a 98-yard catch and run with just 27 second left in the third, once again tying the game at 7-7.
Neither team was able to score in the fourth, forcing overtime. In the extra session Doug Brimhall scored on a six-yard run on Snowflake’s second play and Solomon’s point after gave the Lobos their sixth win of the season against just two losses. Round Valley fell to 3-5 on the season, but still has a chance to make the playoffs in Division V.
Snowflake was held to only 73 yards on the ground, led by Rick Shumway with 39 on six attempts. Braccin Tanner gained 28 on four rushes. Dallin Merrell picked up 19 on eight rushes. Josh Kelley and Nick Hall each gained nine yards on two runs.
Walden, who has put up some stellar numbers since returning from an injury, completed 13 of 17 pass attempts for 135 yards. Tanner made two grabs for 44 yards. Shumway had four for 43 yards. Brimhall made four catches for 42 yards. Kelley caught one for four yards and Merrell had two catches for two yards.
Porter Black and Shumway both had interceptions for Snowflake.
The Lobos will complete a three-game homestand by hosting a very good Mingus team on Friday, Oct. 19. The Marauders will be coming into the game in a foul mood, having had their six-game winning streak snapped last week with a 17-0 shutout by Prescott. Mingus is now 6-2 on the season and, like Snowflake, will be one of the better teams in the upcoming state playoffs. Last year Snowflake won this matchup in Cottonwood, 32-29. Expect another very close game at Lobo Stadium Friday night.
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By Greg Perkins