By Sam Conner
The Blue Ridge Yellowjackets defeated the Winslow Bulldogs 21-6 in a hard fought football game played in Winslow Friday night. The win evened Blue Ridge’s record at 1-1 and dropped Winslow’s to 1-1 for the season. Both teams played well and both looked like contenders for a state championship in their division.
Blue Ridge scored on its first play from scrimmage when senior running back Chris Johnson dashed 52 yards for the touchdown. Tedd Seipp booted the conversion for a 7-0 lead with 10:19 left in the first quarter. The Yellowjackets held the advantage in most of the first period play and their 7-0 lead held when the quarter ended.
Winslow had a touchdown negated by a penalty when James Martinez passed 37 yards to Demetrius Gamez only to have an ineligible receiver down field. Nolan Cook recovered a fumble for Blue Ridge to end that scoring threat.
Johnson, who paced Blue Ridge on offense, scored his second touchdown of the game on 48-yard run with 4:09 left in the half. The conversion gave the Yellowjackets a 14-0 advantage.
Martinez connected with Gamez from 32 yards out for a Winslow touchdown with just 1:44 left in the half. The conversion failed and Blue Ridge took a 14-6 lead into the locker room.
The third quarter was scoreless, although a pass interception by Brennan Schimmel gave the Yellowjackets the ball at midfield near the end of the period.
Johnson scored his third touchdown of the game on a five-yard run with 10:26 left in the contest. The conversion put the 21-6 final score on the board. Johnson intercepted a Winslow pass later in the contest to halt a Bulldog drive.
Both teams played well on defense as Jace Hardy, Austyn Mattox, Akeem Foster, Kelly Wood, Martinez, Jacob Huddleston and Henry Montiel made significant plays for the Bulldogs. Schimmel and Cook were among the key Blue Ridge defenders.
Johnson, Cook, Schimmel and Spencer Hall played well on offense for the Yellowjackets.
Martinez, Montiel, Gamez, C.J. Chacon and Rodney Davis were outstanding for the Bulldog offense.
The Bulldogs will journey to Eagar on Friday, Sept. 13, to meet the Round Valley Elks in another important game with playoff implications. The Elks pounded Piñon 80-0 in their opener at Piñon on Aug. 30 and posted another shutout over the visiting Williams Vikings on Friday, 41-0.
By Sam Conner