By Greg Perkins
The Holbrook Roadrunners played well through three quarters in their season football finale Friday night against Round Valley, but in the end they came up short in a 20-6 loss.
The Roadrunners took the lead on Julian Garcia’s scoring run in the first quarter, but that would be all the points the Holbrook offense could muster on a cold night against an Elks team needing a win to qualify for the Division V state playoffs.
Winning a game at any level without completing a pass is difficult and Holbrook’s passing game went zero for 10 with two interceptions, making the Birds very one dimensional on offense. Sheldon Silversmith was zero for two, and Garcia, who is a freshman, was zero for eight.
On the ground Holbrook did find some success. Silversmith was the leading rusher, picking up 71 yards on just 10 runs. Garcia rushed 12 times, picking up 42 yards. Shem Bowman also gained 42 yards on 15 carries. Daniel Foster rushed eight times for 25 yards and Lanny Newton-Pender gained 12 yards on his only run.
Defensively, Holbrook was led by Bowman with 15 tackles, including a sack. Newton-Pender had eight stops. Silversmith made seven tackles with an interception. Clayton Hunt and Nikko Ferniza each had six tackles. TJ Foard had one fumble recovery.
Round Valley tied the game in the third period, then put the final points on the board in the fourth period, sending the Elks to the state playoffs, where they will face third ranked Tempe Prep on Friday, Nov. 2.
Holbrook ends the season with a 2-8 record, one better than last season’s 1-9 mark.
“Finishing the season with a 2-8 record on varsity and 5-3 on jayvee we have a promising future,” said Coach John Bokker. “Many guys received much experience, and with hard work and dedication in the offseason, we will surprise some people next year. We thank all of our supporters and hope to have more participation next year.”
By Greg Perkins