By Greg Perkins
Snowflake has had a stingy defense all season and in the first round of the state playoffs, that defense held Dysart scoreless in the second half of a 40-13 Lobo win. Snowflake led 6-0 at the end of the first, then scored three touchdowns in the second to lead 27-13 at the half. Those 13 Demon points in the second period were all they would get as Snowflake’s defense clamped down in the second half.
Tyler Claridge completed eight of 16 passes for 183 yards with a pair of touchdowns and one interception. Jt Tate only caught three balls, but he racked up 121 yards on those three receptions with one score. Zach Solomon had three receptions for 37 yards, also scoring once. Kegan Bjornn had one 15-yard reception, and Alex Patterson had one catch for 10 yards.
Snowflake’s offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage, allowing its backs to rack up 256 yards on the ground. Solomon led the way with 64 yards on nine rushes, finding the end zone twice. Claridge rushed six times for 50 yards and scored once. Trent Hatch gained 47 yards on four runs and scored once. Patterson carried seven times, gaining 42 yards. Luke Craun gained 31 yards on eight attempts. Richard Baird rushed four times for 25 yards. Steven Brimhall picked up eight yards on one carry.
With the win the Lobos move on to round two on Saturday, Nov. 14. They will travel to Estrella Foothills for a matchup with the fourth seeded Wolves. Estrella took care of No. 13 Pueblo 42-13 in its first round game.
The only common opponent these two teams have this season is Dysart, the team Snowflake just played. The Wolves won their matchup with the Demons 47-28. This should be a close game regardless of which way it goes. With the game being played in Goodyear, Snowflake won’t have the colder weather as an advantage.
If the Lobos advance, they would face either top ranked Yuma Catholic, which ended Winslow’s season last week, or No. 8 Northwest Christian in the semifinal round on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Arcadia High School in Phoenix.