Bulldogs take Warriors, crumple under Hornets
Winslow 29 Tuba City 12
The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Tuba City Warriors 29-12 in an important Enchantment Region game played at Tuba City on Friday, October 6. The victory left Winslow with a 5-1 record for the season and a 4-0 mark in the region. Tuba City fell 4-2 for the season and 1-2 in the region.
Dub Ward got Winslow off to an explosive start and a lead they never relinquished by returning the opening kick-off 84 yards for a touchdown. Brandon Nazario booted the conversion that gave the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead only 16 seconds into the contest.
The Bulldogs took advantage of good field position and drove 35 yards in five plays for their next score. Steve Martinez passed five yards to David Manthei for the touchdown. Nazario converted for a 14-0 Winslow lead.
Tuba City got on the board late in the first quarter. Josh Allan supplied most of the offense and scored on a four-yard run. The conversion failed and Winslow still led 14-6 after the first period.
A 32-yard field goal by Nazario was the only score of the second period as Winslow took a 17-6 lead into the locker room.
Tuba City saw its leading rusher Allan leave the game with a shoulder injury and missed a 27-yard field goal late in the third quarter.
Michael Martinez ran 64 yards with 1:58 left in the third period to give the Bulldogs a 23-6 lead. The conversion kick failed. Martinez picked up his second touchdown of the period when he returned a Tuba City punt 51 yards to score on the final play of the third quarter. The kick failed and Winslow led 29-6 going into the final period. The Warriors completed the scoring with a 31-yard scoring pass that cut the final margin to 29-12.
Ganado 48 Winslow 3
The Ganado Hornets virtually clinched the Enchantment Region football championship with a 48-3 crushing victory over the Winslow Bulldogs in Winslow on Friday. Ganado is 6-1 for the season and a perfect 4-0 in the region. The Hornets need only a victory over Pinon or Monument Valley to wrap up the title. Ganado will be heavily favored in both games. Winslow remained solidly in second place and can clinch that position and the right to host a state play-off game with a victory over Greyhills on Friday.
Ganado opened the game with a 76-yard scoring drive. Almon Nelson carried for the bulk of the yardage and scored on a one-yard plunge with just under seven minutes left in the opening period. He also booted the conversion for a 7-0 Hornet lead.
Winslow struck back with the toe of its sensational junior kicker Brandon Nazario who split the uprights from 45 yards out for three points to cut the deficit to 7-3 with 1:07 left in the quarter.
The Hornets took most of the wind out of Winslow’s sails when Jason Semore broke several tackles and raced 80 yards on Ganado’s next play from scrimmage. The score gave the Hornets a 13-3 lead at the end of the first period.
Semore scored again on a 16-yard run following his brother Chris Semore’s interception of a Winslow pass. The conversion failed and Ganado led 19-3 with 4:53 left until intermission.
A third straight Semore touchdown on an 11-yard run and Nelson’s conversion increased the lead 26-3 with only 44 seconds left in the period. Winslow couldn’t handle a squib kick-off and Nelson scored his second touchdown ton a two-yard run with just seconds remaining to give Ganado a 32-3 half-time lead.
The Hornets scored on their first play from scrimmage of the second half as Ty Lynch passed 42 yards to Travis Johnson. The score increased the lead to 38-3.
Nelson booted a 27-yard field goal near the end of the third quarter to give the Hornets a most comfortable 41-3 lead. Sterling Cornfield ran nine yards for Ganado’s final touchdown with 2:57 remaining. Nelson’s conversion put the 48-3 final score on the board.
Winslow had one last chance as Shawn Mead returned the kick-off 77 yards to the Ganado eight yard-line. The Hornet defense stiffened and took over on downs at the one-yard-line with time for only one play left in the contest.
The Ganado Hornets (6-1, 4-0) will host the Pinon Eagles, needing only a victory over the 0-6 Eagles to clinch the championship.
The Bulldogs (5-2, 4-1) will be on the road to meet the Greyhills Academy Knights (1-3 with its last game unreported) in Tuba City on Friday. The Bulldogs have virtually clinched second place in the region and the right to host a state play-off game. The Tuba City Warriors (4-2, 1-2 with its last score against Pinon unreported) will be at Kayenta for a crucial game with the Monument Valley Mustangs (1-3,1-1). The Monument Valley-Window Rock game was also unreported.
The Window Rock Scouts (1-4, 1-2 before Friday’s game) will be in Holbrook for a non-conference game.