By Greg Perkins
With only six returning players with varsity experience and one of the toughest Division IV schedules, the Snowflake Lobos will need to gel quickly when their season gets underway on Friday, Aug. 30.
The Lobos have approximately 85 players competing for a spot on either the freshman, junior varsity or varsity level. While they may only have six returners, that list includes quarterback Ty Reidhead, receiver Rick Shumway and running back Nik Hall. They are joined by lineman Brett Mills, and linebackers Alec Solomon and Alex Foree.
“The boys are working well together, and our team unity and team chemistry will be an asset for this year,” stated Head Coach Ron Tenney.
With a small number of returning players, Coach Tenney says depth will be a big challenge as several kids who played in the past are not coming out this season, leaving just 12 seniors out for football, meaning juniors and sophomores will fill many of the varsity positions. That combined with a rough schedule will challenge the young team early.
“We will certainly be tested this year with one of our toughest schedules we’ve had in many years. Our first three games are very difficult, including a match up with the defending champs in Seton Catholic,” added Tenney.
Snowflake’s first three opponents compiled a combined record of 28-9 last season, including Seton Catholic, which went 13-1 en route to winning the title. Add in Blue Ridge, Show Low, Payson and Fountain Hills, along with Winslow, and Snowflake will certainly be one of the most tested teams by the end of the season.
The Lobos open the season on August 30 with a trip to Mingus, which was 8-4 last year. The following week they host Estrella Foothills, then travel to Seton Catholic in week three.
By Greg Perkins