Enchantment Region Preview and Review
The Ganado Hornets (4-0, 2-0) defeated the Tuba City Warriors (3-1 0-1) 35-0 on Friday in an important Enchantment Region contest played at Tuba City. The Hornets have a formidable task facing them on Friday when they take on the top ranked Blue Ridge Yellowjackets at Lakeside. The Yellowjackets (4-0) crushed Holbrook 56-0 in their last outing on Friday.
The Tuba City Warriors will face the Greyhills Knights (1-2, 0-2) in Tuba City on Friday. The Knights fell to the Window Rock Scouts (1-3, 1-1) 62-0 on Friday.
The Winslow Bulldogs (3-1, 2-0) edged the Monument Valley Mustangs (1-3, 1-1) 14-0 in Kayenta on Friday. The Bulldogs will host the Window Rock Scouts in their Homecoming Game on Friday.
The Monument Valley Mustangs will host the Pinon Eagles (0-4, 0-1) on Friday. The Eagles fell to the Hopi Bruins 24-0 on Friday.
Ganado Hornets 35 Tuba City Warriors 0
The Ganado Hornets defeated the Tuba City Warriors 35-0 in an Enchantment Region football game played in Tuba City on Friday. The win left the Hornets undefeated at 4-0 for the season and at 2-0 in the Enchantment Region. The loss was the first for Tuba City and left the Warriors at 3-1 for the season and 0-1 in the region.
Ganado drove 90 yards on its second possession, scoring on a four-yard pass from Chris Semore to Cody Mueller. Lavon Salabye converted for a 7-0 Hornet lead.
The Hornets scored again in the second quarter on a 51-yard run by Almon Nelson. Salabye converted for a 14-0 lead.
Tuba City had its biggest threat of the game turned away at the Hornet five-yard line, then saw Semore connect with Nelson on a 95-yard scoring pass. Salabye's conversion gave the Hornets a 21-0 half-time lead.
Semore passed 11 yards to Mueller for the only score of the third period. Salabye's conversion gave Ganado a 28-0 lead after three periods.
Nelson collected the final touchdown of the game on a 22-yard run in the fourth period. Salabye converted and the 35-0 final score was on the boards.
Warrior star runningback Josh Allen was injured in the first half of play and was not able to participate in most of the contest. Hornet coach Russ Semore said on Saturday that he expected Allen to return for the Winslow game on Oct. 6 if not before.
Semore had high praise for his offensive line and his defense. He said that the defense had held after several early turnovers and that the offense had controlled the ball most of the night. Nelson ran for 195 yards and scored three touchdowns. Chris Semore passed for 189 yards and three touchdowns, hitting seven of 15 attempts. Jason Semore led the team in tackles with 19 or 20 and ran for 85 yards. Mueller caught two TD passes.
The Hornets will meet top-ranked Blue Ridge on Friday when they will be the Yellowjackets' Homecoming opponents. Blue Ridge thrashed Holbrook 56-0 to run its record to 4-0. Tuba City will play in-town rival Greyhills on Friday. The Knights were 62-0 losers to the Window Rock Scouts.
Winslow 14 Monument Valley 0
The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Monument Valley Mustangs 14-0 in an Enchantment Region football game played at Kayenta on Friday. The victory allowed the Bulldogs to improve their season record to 3-1 and their regional record to 2-0. Monument Valley fell to 1-3 for the season and 1-1 in the region.
The first half was a defensive struggle with neither team able to mount a scoring threat or display much offense until Winslow recovered a Mustang fumble at the Monument Valley 28-yard line with just over two minutes left in the half. Seven plays later quarterback Steve Martinez was in the end zone on a five-yard run. Brandon Nazario booted the conversion kick and the Bulldogs led 7-0 with only 30 seconds left until intermission.
The Winslow defense rose to the occasion and withstood a huge Mustang threat in the second half. The Mustangs were turned away only two yards from the Bulldog end zone.
Winslow defensive lineman William "Bear" Beamon recovered a fumble in the Monument Valley end zone with only 3:23 left in the contest for the only score of the second half. It marked the second straight week that Beamon has recorded a defensive touchdown. He stole the ball from a Pinon ball carrier on Sept. 15 and scored. Nazario's conversion was the final point in Winslow's 14-0 victory.
The Bulldogs will celebrate their Homecoming Game on Friday by entertaining the Window Rock Scouts. Monument Valley will be on the road at the Pinon Eagles. The results of the Window Rock-Pinon game had not been reported at press time.
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