By Greg Perkins
The final week of the regular football season is coming to a semi-climactic finish for the three remaining area teams. Holbrook, Winslow and Snowflake are all hosting games tonight (Oct. 31), but Snowflake and Winslow are already locked into the post-season, while the Roadrunners enter tonight’s contest knowing it will be their final one of the season.
Winslow entered the week ranked ninth in power points and will host 12th ranked Page. Both enter with 6-3 records, but the majority of Page’s six wins have been close contests against inferior opponents. Winslow has a better resume with its six victories and will be hoping to move into the top eight in the rankings with a win, which could potentially give the Bulldogs a first round home game in the state playoffs. The Sand Devils could possibly remain in the playoff picture, but as a low seed their post-season would most likely last just one week as they would have to face one of the top four teams. The Bulldogs are the better team on paper, and they will also prove to be the better team on their own turf tonight.
Snowflake will be looking to move into the top three in the final standings with what should be an easy home field win tonight against Globe. The Tigers enter with a season mark of 2-7 and they will be overmatched at every position against the powerful, 8-1 Lobos. Snowflake is looking for a deep post-season march, and Globe will be little more than a speed bump along the way. Last year Snowflake won this game 56-0. That may well be the halftime score tonight as Snowflake will steamroll into the playoffs with a first round home game next week.
Holbrook hosts Miami tonight as both teams play their final game. While this game has zero playoff implications for either team, it might be the most entertaining of the three area games. With Winslow and Snowflake expected to be in lopsided contests, Holbrook and Miami are evenly matched. Both have just three wins on the season. Miami defeated Alchesay and Valley, combining to score 86 points in those two games. Holbrook split with the Falcons and the Pirates, scoring 67 total points. Holbrook won this contest last year, 26-12. Miami will score points in this game; the question is whether Holbrook can keep pace with the Vandals’ offense. Even though both teams will be done for the season, they could provide an offensive show in the season finale. A win on Senior Night at Roadrunner Stadium might help erase the feelings associated with what has otherwise been a disappointing football season for Holbrook. Either way, as fall moves into winter, Roadrunner fans can look forward to basketball and wrestling for the next four months.