By Greg Perkins
The Roadrunners opened the season on a high note with a 25-12 road win over Camp Verde on Friday night.
Holbrook went three and out on its first possession, but put together a 58-yard scoring drive the second time the Roadrunner offense took the field. Cade Maestas found Wazuri Waits from five yards out with just over six minutes left in the first quarter, putting the Birds on top 6-0 following an unsuccessful point after kick.
Holbrook’s defense held the Cowboys to three and out on back-to-back possessions, giving the ball back to the offense, which put together a second scoring drive. Aided by a pass interference call against Camp Verde, the Roadrunners set up camp on the Cowboys’ 19 yard line when Maestas tossed his second scoring strike, this time hooking up with Scottie Gishie for a 19-yard score to push the lead to 12-0. Holbrook’s two-point attempt failed, leaving the Birds on top by two scores heading into the second quarter.
Midway through the second, with Holbrook’s defense still containing Camp Verde, Maestas hooked up again with Gishie on a 42-yard pass play setting up the Birds deep in Cowboy territory. Cole McDaniel was the recipient of Maestas’ third touchdown pass on a 22-yard catch and run, increasing the margin to 19-0 at the half.
Camp Verde finally solved the puzzle of Holbrook’s defense late in the third, scoring on an 11-yard run to cut the lead to 19-6. Early in the fourth Holbrook went for it on fourth down inside Camp Verde’s five yard line, making it pay off with a Maestas five-yard run to increase the lead to 25-6.
The Cowboys quickly countered with an 80-yard pass play for the final score of the night, leaving Holbrook with the initial win to start the season.
The Roadrunners finished the night with 230 yards of total offense. They rushed for 100 on the ground, and Maestas completed six of 12 passes for 130 with three touchdowns and an interception.
Maestas also led the team in rushing with 35 yards on eight attempts. Zakhari Waits also rushed eight times, gaining 33 yards. Danny Gonzales picked up 22 yards on three carries. Julian Garcia rushed five times for six yards, and Shane McGraw gained four yards on his only attempt.
Gishie led the receivers with 70 yards on two catches. Wazuri Waits caught two balls for 29 yards, Cole McDaniel had one grab for 27 yards and Miah Perry had one four-yard reception.
Jedde Bowman led the defense with 12 tackles, followed by Gishie with 10 and Oscar Hernandez with seven.
Holbrook hosts Winslow in the traditional I-40 battle that has gone the Bulldogs’ way in the past several years. Winslow dropped its opener on Saturday, losing to Lake Havasu in Flagstaff, and will be hungry to mark up the first win of the season.