By Sam Conner
Winslow easily defeated the Chinle Wildcats 50-0 in the last home football game for the Bulldogs. The win improved Winslow’s record to 6-3 for the season and dropped Chinle to a 1-8 record, and was their eighth loss in succession.
The Bulldogs lost the ball on a pass interception on their first possession, but that was the only mistake of the first half as the team controlled the game on both offense and defense from that point. The Bulldog defense controlled the Wildcat offense while the Bulldog offense scored on most of its possessions and the defense added a touchdown of its own.
Winslow scored on its second possession with C.J. Chacon rambling the final eight yards for the touchdown. Rodney Davis booted the conversion that gave the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead.
The Winslow defense scored on a pass interception and 53-yard return by Akeem Foster. The conversion increased the Winslow lead to 14-0 with still nearly half of the first quarter remaining.
Foster scored again the next time the Bulldogs had the ball on a 53-yard run. The conversion increased the Winslow lead to 21-0.
The Bulldogs continued to pull away as James Martinez passed one yard to Henry Montiel for the team’s fourth touchdown and a 27-0 lead after the conversion attempt failed.
Foster scored his third touchdown of the game on a 26-yard pass from Martinez. The conversion increased the Winslow lead to 34-0, which stood as the first quarter ended.
A Chacon touchdown run was negated by a holding penalty early in the second period, but the Bulldogs took little time to recoup, scoring on a 39-yard pass from Martinez to Davis. Davis converted to increase the Winslow lead to 41-0 with much of the first half left to play.
Davis booted a 37-yard field goal that increased the Winslow lead to 44-0, putting the mercy rule into effect, which meant that the game would be played with a running clock in the second half as long as the lead was that great. The field goal also signaled that the Winslow coaching staff was going to try to keep the scoring limited by avoiding touchdowns and attempting field goals as soon as the ball was in the Bulldogs’ possession close enough to attempt a field goal.
The next time Winslow had the ball a runner ran out of bounds intentionally to avoid scoring and Davis converted a 26-yard field goal to increase the Winslow lead to 47-0. Chinle lost a fumble on the kickoff and Davis attempted a 41-yard field goal which failed. Winslow declined a penalty on the kick and allowed Chinle to take the ball with little time remaining in the half. The Bulldogs went into the locker room with a 47-0 halftime lead.
The second half scoring began with a 42-yard field goal by Nick Thomas to give the Bulldogs a 50-0 lead with most of the second half left to play. Winslow punted the ball on first down after a pass interception on their next possession to avoid increasing the margin of victory. The third quarter ended with the score at 50-0.
Chinle had a threat against the Winslow reserves, but was stopped about a yard from the Winslow goal line and lost the ball on downs. Winslow was not able to gain a first down, but the Bulldogs recovered a fumble on the punt and were able to run out the clock.
The Senior Night crowd got to see the Bulldogs pick up their fourth consecutive win and increase their chances to earn a home playoff game in the power point system. Word is that it would even be possible for Winslow to have another home playoff game if they win the first one. The Bulldogs may have most of their injured players back for the playoffs.
The Bulldogs will complete their regular season against the Sand Devils on Friday, Nov. 1, at Page, which is also 6-3. The game could have playoff implications for both teams.
By Sam Conner