By Greg Perkins
The final week of the regular season has arrived and with it only three of the four area teams will be in action. Joseph City lost in the first round of the Division VI playoffs last week bringing the Wildcats’ season to a close. Holbrook hosts Window Rock tonight (Oct. 30) in a matchup of two teams playing their final game of the season, with neither headed to the post-season. Snowflake, which is definitely headed to the state tournament, plays at Winslow tonight in a game the Bulldogs most likely need to win to advance to the state playoffs.
Both Snowflake and Winslow lost last week, with the Lobos falling to second ranked Show Low in a good game, and Winslow losing at Blue Ridge by two scores. One of these teams will bounce back with a win. For Snowflake, a win would give the Lobos an opportunity to move up from their fifth ranked position. For Winslow, a win would leave the Bulldogs in the top 16 and give them a playoff berth. The Bulldogs enter the final week of the season ranked in the 16th and final position for the state bracket. A loss could drop them below the 16th position and leave them without a state tournament game next week.
Snowflake has won at least the past four meetings and those games really haven’t been that close. The 8-1 Lobos appear to have the better team again this year, and will most likely send the Bulldogs packing with what would be a 5-5 season mark. Winslow is a solid club, but has had trouble against the former 3A East schools.
Holbrook needs to win on Senior Night at Roadrunner Stadium to avoid a losing season with a 5-5 finish. The Roadrunners have won three of the past four meetings with the Scouts, but Window Rock won last year’s game 26-12. This year the Scouts enter Holbrook still in search of their first win with an 0-9 record. They haven’t been competitive all season and Holbrook should keep that trend going. Both teams have little to play for other than pride, and with this game being played in Holbrook, the Birds should finish the season with a win.
The Division IV and V state playoffs begin next week.