By Sam Conner
The Winslow Bulldogs secured an important 62-28 win over the Monument Valley Mustangs at Winslow on Fri-day. The victory improved Winslow’s record to 6-3 for the season. Monument Valley suffered its first loss of the sea-son and fell to 8-1 going into its final regular season game.
It was the Bulldogs’ second big win in a row and improved their chances of getting a good playoff seeding and a possible home game, although they have an extremely tough final regular season game against the undefeated and top ranked Blue Ridge Yellowjackets at Lakeside.
The Bulldogs drove 68 yards on their first possession and scored on a 32-yard run by Henry Montiel. Lucas Jordon booted the conversion for a 7-0 Winslow lead.
Kelly Wood broke away for a 51-yard scoring run on Winslow’s next possession. Jordan converted to increase the Bulldog lead to 14-0.
The Mustangs got on the scoreboard on a nine-yard pass from Redmond Delmar to Tez Molalla. The conversion by Delmar cut the Winslow lead to 14-7.
B.J. Chacon intercepted a Monument Valley pass to set up Winslow’s next score when he returned it to the Mus-tang 31 yard line. James Martinez ran five yards for the score and Jordan converted for a 21-7 Winslow lead. That was the score at the end of the first quarter.
Martinez passed 54 yards to Montiel early in the second quarter for a score that increased the Winslow lead to 28-7 after Jordan’s conversion.
After Winslow recovered a Mustang fumble, Wood ran 14 yards to score and Jordan booted the conversion for a 35-7 Bulldog lead.
Monument Valley drove 59 yards to score on a nine-yard pass from Delmar to Keony Mitchell. Delmar converted to cut the Winslow lead to 35-14.
A 56-yard scoring run by Wood negated by a holding penalty, but he soon completed the drive with a four-yard run for the score. Jordan converted to give the Bulldogs a 42-14 lead at the intermission.
Trey Hardy blocked a Mustang punt to set up a 31-yard field goal by Jordan that increased Winslow’s lead to 45-14 early in the third quarter.
An interception and a 33-yard return by Hakeem Foster upped the Winslow lead to 52-14 after Jordan’s conver-sion.
Delmar passed nine yards to Gregory Williams for a Monument Valley touchdown. The conversion was missed and Winslow led 52-20.
The Bulldogs got an insurance touchdown in the closing seconds of the third quarter on an eight-yard run by Sam Setalla. Jordan converted to increase the Winslow lead to a commanding 59-20 entering the final period.
After Winslow recovered a fumble on the kickoff, Jordan booted a 30-yard field goal to increase the Winslow lead to 62-20 and cause the rest of the game to be played with a running clock as long as the lead was 42 points or more.
Delmar passed 11 yards to Mitchell for a Monument Valley touchdown, and then passed to Kevin Tom for a two-point conversion that cut Winslow’s lead to 62-28, ending the running clock condition. Even so, the Bulldogs were able to run out the clock and take the victory.
Mon Valley 7 7 6 8 28
Winslow 21 21 17 3 62
The Bulldogs face the Blue Ridge Yellowjackets Friday night, Oct. 26. Blue Ridge remained undefeated with an impressive 24-14 win over the Show Low Cougars in a match of undefeated teams at the top of division rankings.
Monument Valley face the Fighting Scouts at Window Rock on Friday. The Mustangs are a likely playoff team and could well have a home game in the first round. Window Rock was 4-4 going into last Friday’s game against the Hopi Bruins at Polacca.
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By Sam Conner