By Greg Perkins
After taking down the defending state champs the previous week at Seton Catholic, the Lobos were hoping to avoid a letdown when they hosted Winslow last Friday. That appeared to be a possibility after Winslow scored first on a James Martinez short touchdown run midway through the first period to take a brief 7-0 lead. Just three minutes later, though, Lehi Caldwell scored on an 11-yard run, pulling Snowflake to within a point. Two minutes later Snowflake took the lead for good on a long run by Ty Reidhead.
Reidhead kept his team rolling early in the second period, scoring again, this time on a one yard run. A few minutes later he hooked up with Rick Shumway on a 40-yard catch and run, pushing the Lobos out to a 25-7 margin. Winslow moved the ball well for much of the night between the 20 yard lines, but on numerous occasions they came away empty inside the red zone. With 38 seconds left in the half, they did reach the end zone on a Kelly Wood five-yard run, making the halftime score 25-14.
Reidhead scored on a three-yard run just two minutes into the second half, on a play set up by a long run by Caldwell, making the score 31-14. After another defensive stand inside their own 20 to turn away Winslow on downs, the Lobos found paydirt again, this time on another short run by Reidhead. Snowflake’s last score of the game came midway through the fourth period on a 17-yard run by Shumway, making the final score 46-14 and leaving the Lobos unbeaten at 4-0.
Snowflake piled up more than 450 yards of total offense, once again with a balanced attack. Winslow finished with over 300 yards of offense, but really struggled to finish off drives, thanks to solid play from Snowflake’s defense, which either turned the Bulldogs away on downs or created turnovers to stop their drives.
This week the Lobos will look to move to 5-0 with a long trip to Monument Valley. The Mustangs have an outstanding quarterback in Redmond Delmar, who has set several school records. Most of those numbers have been against inferior teams from the North. With the Lobos’ performance through the first month of the season, they are far from inferior. They may, in fact, be the best team on the mountain this year. Upcoming games against Blue Ridge and Show Low will determine that, as they usually do.
By Greg Perkins