By Greg Perkins
Holbrook hosting St. Johns is easily the marquee game of the week. Both teams come in to tonight’s (Oct. 18) contest with good records collected in similar ways. With the exception of one tough opponent on their schedule in which case each team lost, neither squad has faced a second talented team all season.
The Roadrunners come in with a 5-2 mark while the Redskins come in at 6-1. Those six wins have come against Zuni, Chinle, Morenci, Page, Payson and Miami last week. St. Johns’ only loss was to Holbrook’s next opponent, Round Valley. The final of that game was 36-25, but reportedly wasn’t really close until a couple of meaningless Redskin scores late in the game.
In their past two meetings, St. Johns dominated Holbrook, winning 42-0 and 42-6. This time they will face a Roadrunner team, which, according to Coach John Bokker, is playing well as a unit.
“Against Alchesay last week the guys played hard and once again looked like a team. These past four games have given us a chance to get healthy and become more of a team. The challenge comes these next two weeks. With our newfound confidence and knowing we have each others’ backs, the sky is the limit. We are looking forward to facing St. Johns! I have been telling the guys that we are nobody until we beat somebody and St. Johns is somebody,” said Coach Bokker.
Tonight at Roadrunner Stadium the Birds will find out who they are. This game should be competitive and most likely won’t be a blowout either way. Holbrook hasn’t been involved in a close game since week three, and in reality, neither has St. Johns, tonight we will find out which team can handle the pressure the best.
Winslow hosts Ganado in what is not expected to be a close game. The Bulldogs are just 4-3 while the Hornets come in at 5-2, but after four quarters of action, look for each team to have a 5-3 mark. Winslow has posted at least 50 points in the teams’ past two meetings and should eclipse that standard once again in a big win.
Snowflake needs to be careful tonight. The Lobos host Payson, which is in a down year, but next week they face Show Low. If the Lobos get caught looking ahead too much this could be a trap game for them. The Longhorns are just 4-3, but have suffered some big losses they don’t normally have. This once storied program is trying to rebuild. If the Lobos stay focused they will have no problem getting their seventh win against just one loss.
Joseph City will play on Saturday, Oct. 19, after a lengthy trip to Fredonia, where they will face a Lynx team which is just 2-4. The Wildcats have been having an up and down season with a 3-4 mark, but despite the long road trip this should be an upturn for the Cats. In their past two meetings they have scored 72 points against Fredonia. They won’t get that many on Saturday, but should easily have win number four in their pocket on the long trip home.
By Greg Perkins