By Greg Perkins
The Roadrunners were unable to overcome four turnovers and a lack of veteran talent in their 28-8 road loss at Chinle Friday night. Chinle went into the game ranked 16th in the power points and needing a win to try to stay in the playoff hunt. Holbrook went in knowing this would be the penultimate game of the season as the squad’s playoff hopes vanished with last week’s home field loss to Walden Grove.
The Roadrunners managed just two first half points, those coming on a safety by CJ Plumb in the second quarter. Chinle found the end zone once in each quarter in the win, which moved them to 5-4 on the season.
In the third period Sheldon Silversmith scored, pulling Holbrook a little closer, but that was all the Road-runner offense could muster.
Holbrook gained 188 yards through the air as Silversmith completed nine of 19 attempts for 156 yards. Jul-ian Garcia was good on two of seven tries for 32 yards. Each quarterback threw an interception. Michael McMonigal was the leading receiver with four catches for 92 yards. Plumb had two for 33 yards; Ben Nafziger, two for 29 yards; Silversmith, one for 21; Daniel Foster, one for 11; and TJ Foard, one for two.
On the ground Holbrook was limited to just 42 total yards by the Wildcat defense. Foster gained 18 of those on eight runs. Silversmith was credited with 12 yards on nine rushes. Garcia carried seven times for 11 yards and Fernando Agramont rushed twice, picking up 4 yards. Holbrook fumbled the ball twice and recovered only one Wildcat miscue.
Defensively, the Birds were led by Clayton Hunt and Kevin Self with 10 tackles each. Silversmith, Foster and Nikko Ferniza each made eight stops.
“Chinle was playing like a team that had to win to make the playoffs. We had many young guys playing with limited varsity experience, including three freshmen. Our guys can play with the teams at our experience and age level, as we have shown at the jayvee games. With many veterans out and young guys stepping in it is hard. I am proud of our guys who play two games a week. We just need more numbers to be competitive at the upper level,” said Coach John Bokker.
Holbrook now stands at 2-7 on the season and will wrap up their year at home when Round Valley comes to Roadrunner Stadium on Friday, Oct. 26.
By Greg Perkins