By Greg Perkins
It’s Homecoming night in Holbrook and the Roadrunners hope to be able to cap off a week filled with fun activities at the school with a fun night on the football field. Ganado is tonight’s (Sept. 26) opponent and despite the Hornets’ 3-1 record, they shouldn’t really pose a threat to the Roadrunners. Two of their three victories have been shutouts, holding Many Farms and Red Mesa out of the end zone. They also have a two-touchdown win over Hopi on their resume. The problem is their lone loss, which came last week to Chinle. The Wildcats pushed the Hornets around in a 41-6 blowout win. Holbrook scrimmaged Chinle nearly a month ago and had a lot of success in the first outing of the year. The Roadrunners may be smarting from last week’s loss to Window Rock, but those memories will vanish quickly as they should get the upper hand on the Hornets early and often. Last year Holbrook won this matchup in Ganado 34-6. Look for tonight’s outcome to be similar.
After winning their first two games of the year impressively, the Bulldogs have seen their season mark leveled at 2-2. Last week’s loss to Snowflake may be a precursor of what could happen in tonight’s home game against Estrella Foothills. Winslow’s offense was held to only 23 total net yards last week by a very good Snowflake team. The Wolves also lost to Snowflake a couple weeks ago, but that final was 28-21 with the Lobos having to rally from behind late in the game. Estrella also fell to Seton Catholic earlier in the campaign, but again made a game of it, losing 35-24 to a team that beat Snowflake. What this all adds up to is this could be another tough night for the Bulldogs. Their advantage is Estrella having to make a long bus ride. Winslow’s young group is a better team than they showed last week, but are they at the level of the Wolves, who appear to be headed for a deep playoff run?
Joseph City has to pull up the bootstraps after last week’s 58-8 drubbing by rival Mogollon. The Wildcats have struggled this year with only one win on the season and tonight things won’t get any easier when they travel to Superior to face the Panthers. The Wildcats won this matchup last year, but this is a different season. Superior is 2-2 on the year and has one common opponent with the Wildcats. Both teams faced Duncan and while Joseph City lost 42-30, Superior shut out Duncan 48-0 in week one. The Panthers may be better than their 2-2 record shows and, unfortunately for Wildcat fans who make the trip south, they may see that play out on the field tonight.
Snowflake may have the toughest schedule of any area teams, but tonight the Lobos get a break in that schedule. Monument Valley has a nice 3-1 record, but those three wins, much like Ganado’s, have not come against impressive opponents. The Mustangs started the season winning three straight, but last week’s 66-6 beat down by Show Low showed their true colors. The Cougars are one of the favorites in Division IV, but Snowflake is considered by many to be their equal, if not better. That doesn’t bode well for the Mustangs, who might consider themselves lucky if they can score. The Lobos are coming off an impressive defensive effort over Winslow last week, and they may easily pitch a shutout tonight.