By Greg Perkins
The Lobos cruised to their fifth win of the season to remain unbeaten with a 48-8 romp over Monument Valley in Kayenta last Friday. About the only hope the Mustangs had in this match up would have been if the Lobos were looking too far ahead to this week’s heavily anticipated game with Blue Ridge.
It turns out Snowflake was focused on the task at hand from the get go. The Lobos reached the end zone three times in the first period and twice more in the second to enjoy a 32-0 halftime cushion. Single touchdowns in each the third and fourth quarters were more than enough to offset the Mustangs’ only score of the game, which came in the final period.
Playing with limited action Ty Reidhead completed just one of two passes, good for 27 yards and a touchdown. Porter Black was good on seven of nine attempts in a backup role for 160 yards with one score. Travis Flake was on the receiving end of both scoring strikes, catching a total of three passes for 77 yards. Hunter Bauer had two grabs for 82 yards. Lehi Caldwell had one for 13 yards and Kurt Wood had a pair of receptions for eight total yards.
On the ground the Lobos were led by Caldwell with 112 yards on only six attempts. Rick Shumway had five runs for 81 yards with a score. Reidhead carried four times for 69 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Black had seven rushes for 40 yards with two touchdowns. Nik Hall rushed four times for 29 yards. Trevor McCray gained 22 yards on 10 runs. Drew Schneider rushed three times, gaining 13 yards, and Brock Austin rushed seven times for five total yards.
Snowflake piled up a total of 558 yards on offense.
With this game behind them the Lobos can now focus on their trip to Lakeside on Friday, Oct. 4. The Yellowjackets were certainly a major thorn in Snowflake’s side last year, beating the Lobos twice. Snowflake fell 50-0 in the regular season, then Blue Ridge defeated the Lobos in the state semifinal game by a final of 44-0. Blue Ridge comes in to this match up 4-1 on the season, having posted three shutouts in four wins including the past two. Those wins were over Alchesay and Chinle, two teams nowhere near the caliber of Snowflake. The Lobos are playing very well at this point in the season, but the big question remains, can they find a way to get past Blue Ridge. Snowflake has never defeated Blue Ridge in the Ron Tenney coaching era. Could this be the game where that happens? On paper the Lobos appear to be the better team this year. Can they translate that to the field on Friday night?
By Greg Perkins