By Greg Perkins
Hoping to avoid a letdown from the previous week’s loss to Blue Ridge, Snowflake’s Lobos proved they are still taking games one week at a time with an impressive 42-14 win over Fountain Hills last Friday night. A slow start to the game with only one first period Lobo score resulted in a six-touchdown effort before the night was done.
With just over five minutes left in the first, Ty Reidhead hooked up with Rick Shumway from seven yards out for the initial score of the contest. Nik Hall’s conversion run gave the Lobos the early 8-0 lead. Four minutes later the Falcons countered with a short touchdown pass of their own, then made good on a point after kick to trail 8-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Through the second and third periods the Lobos put up three unanswered scores. The first of those came at the 3:47 mark of the second on a Hall three-yard run. Just over two minutes later Lehi Caldwell scampered home on a 44-yard effort, giving Snowflake a 22-7 halftime lead.
Reidhead scored on an 11-yard run late in the third period, pushing the edge to 29-7 with Kegan Kay’s point after boot.
The Falcons edged closer early in the fourth on a 13-yard quarterback run, but that was the final threat from them.
A long Caldwell run set up a 10-yard scoring run by Trevor McCray with 6:53 left in the game. After a defensive stop from the Lobos, Caldwell returned the punt 63 yards for the final score of the night.
Unofficially, the Lobos racked up 439 total yards of offense, with the majority of the damage done on the ground.
Reidhead completed eight of 10 passes for 84 yards and a score. Porter Black had two catches for 31 yards. Trevor Flake made three grabs for a total of 27 yards. Caldwell had two catches for 10 yards.
Caldwell broke the century mark on the ground with 108 yards on seven carries. Reidhead rushed 12 times for 104 yards and a touchdown. Hall rushed 10 times for 33 yards. Shumway had three carries for 14 yards. McCray had seven carries for 63 yards.
The Lobos, now 6-1, will host Payson this week and Show Low next week. The Longhorns are just 4-3, but are coming in off a 67-35 win over Globe.
By Greg Perkins