By Greg Perkins
As expected Holbrook proved to the Scouts that their 3-0 mark, despite some gaudy offensive numbers, really wasn’t that impressive as the Roadrunners evened their season mark at 2-2 with a 44-6 romp over Window Rock on homecoming night.
Six plays into the game it looked like it could be a shoot out, with each team scoring early on their opening drives. Dontae Hollins ran in from 48 yards away on the Roadrunners’ second play from scrimmage. Not to be outdone, Window Rock’s star player, Tony Walker, scampered in from 54 yards out on the Scouts’ fourth play of the game, tying the score at 6-6 less than two minutes into the contest.
That score would be the final highlight for Window Rock as Holbrook scored twice more in the opening quarter. Shem Bowman found the end zone from 20 yards out, then Daniel Foster capitalized on one of many Window Rock turnovers, scoring with 2:44 left in the period to give the Birds an 18-6 lead heading to the second.
Near the midpoint of the second period Foster picked off a Scout pass, returning it 73 yards and pushing the lead to 24-6. Foster earned this third score of the game after hooking up with Hollins on a 61-yard catch and run with 1:35 left in the half, giving Holbrook a comfortable 31-6 halftime edge.
Shem Bowman scored on an 11-yard run and Hollins wrapped up Holbrook’s scoring for the night on a 26-yard run, making the final score 44-6. Ty Foard was good on two of five point after kick attempts.
Holbrook outgained Window Rock 373 yards to 235. Walker had nearly half of the Scouts’ offensive output with 108 total yards.
Hollins completed three of five passes for 73 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Foster led the receivers with one catch for 61 yards and a score. Shem Bowman had one grab for 10 and Julian Garcia made one catch for two yards.
Hollins also led Holbrook’s ground attack, going for 102 yards on just six runs. Shem Bowman rushed eight times for 90 yards with two scores. Foster gained 55 yards on six attempts with one score. Lanny Newton-Pender gained 19 yards on two tries. Aaron Thomas rushed twice for 11 yards. Cade Maestas went for 10 yards on two runs. Michael O’Brian and Garcia each gained five yards on two rushes. Daniel Gonzales rushed once, gaining three yards.
Defensively, Jedde Bowman led the way with 13 tackles. Nikko Ferniza had 12, Shem Bowman, 11, and Garcia, 10 stops. Newton-Pender was credited with four sacks.
“Homecoming week is always a challenge with all the distractions going on and the late nights for the kids. We came out drowsy and it showed,” said Coach John Bokker. “After a wakeup call in the form of a long touchdown run, we started to play football.
“Our seniors took over the game and displayed their dominance the first three quarters, and our young guys played hard in the fourth. Daniel Foster played an amazing game offensively and defensively.”
Another easy game is on the docket for the Birds this week when they travel to Ganado to take on a Hornet team that is now 4-0, but much like Window Rock, has played a very weak schedule.
By Greg Perkins