By Greg Perkins
Week number seven of the high school football season finds Joseph City and Snowflake hosting games which could be competitive, while Holbrook and Winslow take to the road in contests where they will be heavily favored to win.
Snowflake played extremely well in last week’s three-point loss at Blue Ridge. The Lobos really shouldn’t hang their heads for long, if at all, because they could just have easily won that game. This week they need to regroup to take on visiting Fountain Hills. The Falcons rolled over Payson last week and have posted an overall mark of 4-2 on the season.
They do have one common opponent with the Lobos this year. Fountain Hills lost to Estrella Foothills by eight, and the Lobos defeated the Wolves by three touchdowns. Fountain Hills is generally one of the better teams from that region of the state, but in this match up their only chance is if the Lobos suffer a letdown after last week. The Falcons are a good mid-level Division III team, but the Lobos are playing at a higher level. Look for Snowflake to move its season mark to 6-1 with a solid win.
Joseph City, now 3-3, will host Glendale Prep Academy, which is 4-2 on the season. The Griffins are in just their fifth year as a school, but they have built a quality program in that time span. Both teams have big wins over Ash Fork and both lost in similar fashion to Mogollon. These teams appear very evenly matched, but possibly the long trip from warmer weather in Glendale to the cooler regions of Northern Arizona will be enough to sway the game in favor of the Wildcats. This could be a big game in terms of the Wildcats’ post-season hopes.
Winslow moved to 3-3 last week with a 59-0 shutout win over Window Rock. This week the Bulldogs travel to Kayenta, where the temperatures will drop as will the hometown Mustangs. The Bulldogs have won this match up the past three years, scoring an average of 53 points per game. The Mustangs started the season strong against lesser competition, but after opening with three straight wins they have since dropped three straight. Winslow won this match up last year 62-28; this game may well end in similar fashion.
Holbrook won its third straight game last week, moving to 4-2 on the season. This week the Roadrunners travel to Whiteriver, where in years past the Falcons have been known to play tough. This year doesn’t appear to be one of the better seasons for the Falcons, though. They are just 1-5 on the season with their only win coming over Babaquivari. Last week Alchesay was beaten soundly by Miami, which was the first win of the season for Miami. Holbrook defeated Alchesay last season 54-6, but fell to the Falcons two years ago 13-12.
Holbrook has played well in the past four weeks, taking care of business against teams the Birds were clearly better than. This week, they will once again be the best team on the field. The Roadrunners need to continue to build confidence and fine tune their game, because the next two teams on the schedule will provide much tougher tests than they have faced in the past month. Holbrook rolls to its fifth win of the season in Whiteriver.
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By Greg Perkins