By Greg Perkins
It’s Homecoming tonight (Sept. 20) in Holbrook, where the Roadrunners will welcome an unbeaten Window Rock squad, which has put up some impressive offensive numbers through the first three weeks.
The Scouts have outscored their opponents by a combined margin of 191-12. One statistical feature that stands out in those games is that the Scouts have only attempted six passes in the three games. On the ground they have put up some staggering numbers, including nearly 1,100 yards of rushing, with the majority of the damage done by junior tailback Tony Walker, who has rushed for nearly 500 yards in three games with an average of 15 yards per run.
While those numbers are impressive, the opponents they have come up against are not. A 44-6 win over Thoreau last week was preceded by a 61-0 shutout win over Rock Point in week two and a season opening 86-6 win over Rough Rock.
Despite being just 1-2 on the season, the Roadrunners will be a much tougher opponent for the Scouts tonight.
Holbrook has to enjoy seeing the Scouts come into Roadrunner Stadium tonight. Not only will this be the first road trip of the year for Window Rock, the Scouts are also the only football team Holbrook has owned in recent history. The last time Window Rock beat Holbrook was five years ago with a 14-0 shutout. The Roadrunners won just three total games over the past two seasons, but two of those three wins came against Window Rock. Last year the Birds won in Ft. Defiance, 44-19. If they can stop the one dimensional Scouts and get refocused after a week of Homecoming activities, they should be able to make it a five-year winning streak.
The best game of the night should be in Snowflake, where the 3-0 Lobos host 2-1 Winslow.
Snowflake may need to avoid a letdown game after last week’s road win over defending champion Seton Catholic, which was a statement game for the Lobos.
Winslow comes in off a 21-19 win over a solid Round Valley team, but it was a game they led 21-0 at one point. The Bulldogs dominated Holbrook in week one, then played tough in a loss to Blue Ridge in week two. They will be looking to end Snowflake’s unbeaten streak with what would be considered an upset.
Both of these teams have balanced offensive attacks with strong running games and equally strong passing attacks. Snowflake is playing at a very high level right now. Look for that trend to continue tonight.
Joseph City finally got to play at home for the first time this season when they hosted rival Mogollon Thursday night. The Mustangs came in with a 2-1 mark, while the Cats were 1-2 after winning their first game last week over Superior.
These two teams have traditionally been at or near the top of the heap in Division VI in recent years. They are longtime rivals with deep respect for each other, but a fierce passion to win their yearly matchups. The two have split their last four meetings. Surprisingly, none of those four games were very close with the average margin of victory being right around 30 points. Last night’s game stacked up to be closer than that. Mogollon won at Mayer and at home over Arizona Charter Academy in big fashion. Their loss was a 12-0 shutout to a Valley Lutheran team, which was later demolished by Bagdad. Joseph City also fell to Bagdad by a large margin. With that being the only connection at this point in the season, it appears this game will be close.
Playing at home for the first time and with renewed confidence from last week’s win, the Wildcats looked to even both schools’ records at 2-2 last night.
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By Greg Perkins