By Greg Perkins
Snowflake stayed close to powerful Show Low through the first half last Friday night, but in the second half they were outscored 19-7 by the Cougars in a 40-22 home field loss.
The Lobos and the Cougars are definitely two of the best four football teams in the state and may well meet again in the state playoffs, depending on the final rankings.
Both teams played well in the first, with the Cougars opening the scoring on a Colby Maxwell to Trevor Solomon three-yard touchdown pass at the 5:49 mark of the opening quarter. Donnie Borrego’s point after gave the Cougars the 7-0 lead.
Snowflake knotted the score with 32 seconds left in the period on an 18-yard run by Ty Reidhead, who had a huge game. Tyler Claridge’s boot tied the game at 7-7.
Show Low posted the next two scores, with the first coming early in the second on a Dallin Crandall nine-yard run. With five minutes left in the half Maxwell connected with Quintan Clark on a 31-yard catch and run, expanding the lead to 21-7 as Maxwell converted the two-point run.
Reidhead scored with 13 seconds left in the half on a 15-yard run, then found Porter Black for two additional points, making the half time score 21-15 in favor of visiting Show Low.
The Cougars posted the only third period score on a 42-yard touchdown pass from Maxwell to Clark, pushing the margin to 28-15. Maxwell then found Jarom Fawcett early in the fourth on a 23-yard scoring strike building the lead to 34-15.
Reidhead scored Snowflake’s final points on a one-yard run with 6:21 left in the game, making the score 34-22. Show Low scored with 2:19 left on a Brice Rova four-yard run for the final of 40-22.
Unofficially, Reidhead completed 12 of 23 passes for 102 yards with two interceptions. Black was the leading receiver for Snowflake with six catches for six yards. Claridge had two grabs for 15 yards, Travis Flake caught one for 14 and Drew Schneider had two receptions for 10 yards.
Reidhead rushed 25 times, gaining 147 yards with three touchdowns. Drew Schneider gained 32 yards on five runs. Nik Hall gained 22 yards on nine attempts.
Show Low piled up 415 total yards of offense in the win.
Both teams now have 7-2 records on the season, and both should remain in the top four of the final standings.
The Lobos’ final game of the regular season will be at Globe, where they should have little troubles with the 2-7 Tigers.
By Greg Perkins