By Greg Perkins
Playing in the dome against an unbeaten Round Valley team is a tough assignment for any football team. For this year’s struggling Roadrunners, it proved to be way too much to overcome. The fourth ranked Elks scored six times in their first 15 offensive plays and it could have been much worse. Holbrook didn’t pick up a first down until fewer than four minutes were left in the first period. On the next play Cade Maestas threw an interception, which was returned to Holbrook’s five yard line. Round Valley scored one play later, which was pretty much the way the night went for the Roadrunners.
Round Valley scored the first time just three minutes into the game after a seven-yard punt left the Elks with great field position on Holbrook’s 22 yard line. After one of several Holbrook possessions which went three and out, the Elks scored in four plays on a touchdown pass, pushing the lead to 15-0 with 6:40 left in the period. With 3:55 left in the quarter the Elks were in the end zone again, this time on a 16-yard run to make the score 23-0. With one minute left in the first, a five-yard scoring run following the Holbrook turnover made the lead 29-0 heading into the second period.
The Elks took advantage of a botched kickoff return by Holbrook with 11:35 left in the half, connecting on a 51-yard touchdown pass to bring the score to 36-0. After the Roadrunners turned the ball over on downs at their own 20 yard line the Elks kicked a mercy field goal on first down, connecting from 35 yards out to lead 39-0. The Birds again went for it on fourth down in their own territory and again came up short. On the following play Round Valley scored on a 42-yard run pushing the margin to 46-0 and making the clock run in the second half.
With the running clock in the second half the game moved quickly, much to Holbrook’s benefit. Round Valley scored one more touchdown in the third, pushing the lead to 53-0. In the fourth quarter the Elks added a final field goal from 42 yards out, making the score 56-0. Wazuri Waits then came up with Holbrook’s only highlight of the game, returning the ensuing kickoff 89 yards to avoid the shutout. Holbrook missed the point after kick, making the final score 56-6.
The Roadrunners finished with just 126 yards of total offense, including 16 in the air on three of 12 passing from Maestas, who threw two picks. Christian Pierce caught two for nine yards and Wazuri Waits had one seven-yard reception.
On the ground Maestas gained 43 yards on seven rushes. Danny Gonzales picked up 42 yards on 12 carries. Wazuri Waits rushed seven times, gaining 21 yards. Scottie Gishie carried three times for five yards and Zakhari Waits gained two yards on his only carry.
Pierce and Ty Foard led the Holbrook defense with six tackles each.
Holbrook, now 3-6, will bring the season to a close at home on Friday night, Oct. 31, with what should be a close game against Miami, now 3-7 after defeating Valley Sanders last Friday.