By Greg Perkins
The Lobos are heading into this week’s huge match up with Show Low on the heels of a solid 57-20 win over Payson last Friday night.
Playing the second of three straight home games, Snowflake scored early in the contest on a 55-yard run by Ty Reidhead. He tacked on the two-point conversion, putting the Lobos up 8-0. Payson countered with a five-yard scoring run, trimming the lead to 8-6 near the midpoint of the first quarter. Just a minute later Nik Hall capped a Snowflake drive on a three-yard run. Rubon Caldwell kicked the point after and the Lobos went up 15-6. In the final minutes of the period Reidhead hooked up with Travis Flake on a 35-yard catch and run, Kegan Kay’s point after gave the home team a 22-6 lead.
Tyler Claridge scored on a five-yard run in the middle of the second period, then Porter Black passed to Claridge for two more, giving Snowflake a 30-6 lead. With just over three minutes left in the half Hall found the end zone for the second time in the game, this one from four yards out, moving the lead to 37-6 with Rubon Caldwell’s point after kick.
Reidhead started the second half much like the first, scoring early on a 35-yard run to increase the lead to 43-6. Payson narrowed the gap a little on an 85 yard scoring run and subsequent two point conversion, making the score 43-14. Just two minutes later the Longhorns again found the end zone, this time on a 25-yard pass for what would be their final points of the game, which left them trailing 43-20. Alec Solomon scored on an eight-yard run for the Lobos near the end of the third period, pushing the lead to 50-20 with Rubon Caldwell’s kick. Lehi Caldwell scored the final points of the game in the fourth period on a 69-yard scamper. Rubon Caldwell booted the point after, giving the Lobos their seventh win of the season against just one loss.
This week Snowflake welcomes in the Show Low Cougars, who are favored by many to win the state title. The Cougars had little problem handling Blue Ridge two weeks ago and demolished Fountain Hills last week. Last year this was a great game, with Show Low winning 24-23. Two seasons ago Snowflake won the game 28-15. This year both teams are once again playing well and both have deep playoff expectations. Show Low is solid, especially at the skill positions with several seniors in those spots. Snowflake has put together a great season thus far, but may need to play its best game of the year to keep Show Low from winning at Lobo Stadium.
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By Greg Perkins