By Sam Conner
The Winslow High School Bulldogs handily defeated the Page Sand Devils 45-0 in an important Division 4 football game played in Page on Friday, putting them on the road to the post season playoffs.
The Bulldogs established dominance early in the game, scoring at will in the opening period and keeping the Sand Devils bottled up in their own territory. It quickly became evident that Winslow had an obvious speed advantage. Winslow had a 20-0 lead after the first quarter and was threatening to score again.
The Bulldogs scored the first time they touched the ball and took a 7-0 lead with about two minutes played in the first quarter. James Martinez intercepted a Sand Devil pass at the Page 17 yard line and Kelly Wood scored three plays later on a one yard run. Rodney Davis booted the conversion.
Winslow scored again the next time they had the ball on a 15 yard run by Jace Hardy. The play followed a punt return to that position by Akeem Foster. The conversion failed and Winslow led 13-0 with eight minutes left in the quarter.
The Bulldogs scored the third time they touched the ball on a 36 yard pass from James Martinez to Rodney Davis. The play completed the first long drive for the Bulldog offense as they ran 92 yards for the score. The conversion gave Winslow a 20-0 lead with still a couple of minutes left in the first quarter. That was the score at the end of the quarter but Winslow was threatening to score again.
Page held at their 10 yard line and a field goal attempt by Rodney Davis was wide. This was the first time the Bulldogs had failed to score on a possession.
James Martinez scored on a one yard quarterback sneak to complete a 47 yard drive the next time the Bulldogs were on offense. The conversion failed and Winslow led 26-0 with still over half of the second quarter left to play.
The Sand Devils played better defense for the rest of the second quarter and the first half ended with Winslow still leading by a commanding 26-0.
The Bulldogs started the second half with a 63 yard drive and scored on a 10 yard fourth down pass from James Martinez to Henry Montiel. The conversion by Rodney Davis increased the Winslow lead to 33-0 with over seven minutes left in the third quarter.
James Martinez scored on a 25 yard run the next time the Bulldogs had the ball. The conversion kick was blocked and Winslow led 39-0 with about three minutes left in the third quarter and the game essentially decided.
Rodney Davis picked off a Sand Devil pass to set up the next Bulldog touchdown. James Martinez passed 25 yards to Henry Montiel for the touchdown. The conversion failed but Winslow still led 45-0 and the lead was sufficient to bring the running clock rule into effect with just over a minute left in the quarter.
Page fumbled and Winslow missed a 37 yard first down field goal attempt to cease running up the score. The third quarter ended with Winslow leading by a commanding 45-0 score and in total control.
The Winslow reserves played the entire fourth quarter and with the running clock the game went quickly and ended with the Bulldogs winning 45-0.
The victory put the Bulldogs in the No. 7 slot and means they will be hosting a first round playoff game at Emil Nasser Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. against the No. 10 ranked Sahuarita Mustangs.
By Sam Conner