By Greg Perkins
With the first week of the season logged into the books, area football fans now have a chance to see how their favorite programs either can bounce back, in terms of the Roadrunners and Wildcats, or move to 2-0, as the Bulldogs and Lobos hope to do. The best game of the night will likely be the Winslow-Blue Ridge contest, which will be played in Winslow.
Holbrook is coming off a tough start to the season with the shutout loss to Winslow, but tonight (Sept. 6) they will host another team which suffered a week one shut out. Lee Williams, a new school in Kingman, fell 43-0 to Parker in its inaugural game. The Volunteers have only freshmen and sophomores in the school, which means the football team is basically a junior varsity squad made up of kids trying to mesh for the first season. That should result in easy prey for the Roadrunners, who will look to even their season mark at 1-1. Playing at home swings this game even that much more in favor of Holbrook.
Joseph City was also stung in the first week, losing badly to Bagdad. The Wildcats have been such a dominant force in Division VI for so many years, but this year they may actually have to rebuild instead of reload. A second long road trip in as many weeks has them traveling to St. David to face a Tiger team which is now 2-0 and fresh off a 42-26 victory over Duncan last weekend. St. David defeated Mayer in the first week and will be another formidable opponent for a rebuilding Wildcat squad.
Winslow rolled over the Roadrunners in the first week, but week number two has them in a rare position. They are facing a Blue Ridge team coming off a loss. Simply put, the Yellowjackets just don’t lose that often and when they do, they usually bounce back in a big way. What had to be an emotionally charged Prescott team defeated Blue Ridge 30-14 last week. One good sign is the Badgers had a running back rush for 248 yards against the Blue Ridge defense. Kelly Wood had a big night against Holbrook in the first week. Maybe he can find running room against the Jackets tonight. Winslow has always taken care of business against lesser teams. This week the Bulldogs get a chance to see how they stack up against one of the teams always favored to make a deep playoff run.
Snowflake played well at Mingus, resulting in a win over the Marauders in the opening week. Tonight their early season tough schedule continues as they host Estrella Foothills. The Wolves fell to defending champion Seton Catholic 38-20, and will have to make a very long drive to face Snowflake in the Lobos’ home opener. Snowflake faces Seton Catholic next week, so this game will be a good barometer to see how they will stack up against the champs.
The Lobos showed a balanced offensive attack in week one. If they hold true to that again, they should move to 2-0 to start the season.
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By Greg Perkins