By Sam Conner
The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Ganado Hornets 52-0 in their Homecoming Game. The win improved Winslow’s record to 5-3 for the season. Ganado fell to 5-3 with the loss.
The Bulldogs started strong in the first quarter and built a 27-0 lead going into the second period. There was really no question about the outcome before that period was over. The Bulldog offence moved at will and the defense handled Ganado with no problems.
James Martinez completed three long passes to three different receivers and ran the final yard to finish a 65-yard drive on Winslow’s openings possession. The conversion failed and the Bulldogs led 6-0.
The next time Winslow had the ball Martinez passed three yards to Henry Montiel for a touchdown. The 49-yard drive took only three plays, with the longest being a 38-yard run by C.J. Chacon, who ran for nearly 100 yards in the quarter. Rodney Davis converted for a 13-0 Winslow lead. Davis missed a 38-yard field goal attempt on Winslow’s only non-scoring possession in the first quarter.
Jace Hardy ran four yards for a touchdown on Winslow’s next possession and Davis converted for a 20-0 Winslow lead.
Martinez intercepted a Ganado pass and rambled 70 yards for a touchdown near the end of the first quarter and Davis converted for a 27-0 lead as the quarter ended.
Winslow had a scoring opportunity midway in the second quarter, but Davis missed a 27-yard field goal attempt.
The Bulldogs got their first score of the second quarter with just over two minutes left in the half on a 38-yard pass from Martinez to Montiel. The conversion failed and Winslow led 33-0.
Winslow threatened in the final minute of the half but did not score, walking off with a 33-0 halftime lead.
Akeem Foster ran four yards for the first score of the second half. Nick Thomas converted to increase the Winslow lead to 40-0.
The Bulldogs scored on a 53-yard drive climaxed by a four-yard pass from Martinez to Davis. The conversion failed and Winslow had a 46-0 lead. That score brought the mercy rule into effect.
Davis booted a 41-yard field goal with about two minutes left in the third quarter and increased the Winslow lead to 49-0. That was the score entering the final period.
On the first possession of the fourth quarter Davis booted a 37-yard field goal that increased the Winslow lead to 52-0.
Winslow reserves played much of the third quarter and all of the fourth. The victory was never in doubt and the young Bulldogs got plenty of valuable playing time.
Winslow completely dominated the statistics with 374 yards running, including 195 by Chacon, who is a sophomore. The Bulldogs had 152 yards passing.
Ganado was held scoreless with 115 yards rushing and only 20 passing.
The Bulldogs will host the Chinle Wildcats on Friday, Oct. 26, in their Senior Night game. The Wildcats are 1-7 after falling to Page 33-12 last weekend.
By Sam Conner