Coach Matt Gracey (second from right) talks to his players after the heartbreaker.
Ganado improved its record for the season to 7-3. Winslow ended its season with a 7-3 record. The Hornets by winning avenged an earlier 48-13 loss to the Bulldogs in a game played at Ganado.
The Hornets blocked a Winslow field goal attempt and the Bulldogs stopped Ganado on downs at the three yard line as both defensive made the big plays in a scoreless first quarter.
Lavon Salabye returned a punt 57 yards early in the second period to give Ganado a 6-0 lead. A two-point conversion pass was incomplete and the 6-0 lead held with 11:09 left in the half.
Notah Silversmith scored on a one yard run with 5:23 left before intermission to increase the Ganado lead. Salabye’s conversion gave the Hornets a 13-0 advantage. The touchdown was set up by successful passes from quarterback Ty Lynch to Salabye and Brian Cowboy for most of the 65 yard scoring drive.
The third quarter was scoreless, though Winslow had a possible scoring 35 yard pass from Steven Martinez to Robert Sutton nullified by a holding penalty.
The Bulldogs finally did get on the scoreboard with 9:08 left in the game on a one yard run by Nolan Horn. The play capped a 54-yard drive. Brandon Nazario’s conversion put the Bulldogs right back in the hunt by cutting the Ganado lead to 13-7.
Winslow scored a safety exactly a minute later when the Ganado punter threw the ball out of the end zone following a bad snap. That cut the Hornet lead to less than a touchdown at 13-9.
The biggest play of the night may have been a Winslow fumble that gave the Hornets the ball at the Bulldogs 44-yard line. The Hornets marched 44 yards and scored on Silversmith’s two-yard run. Salabye’s conversion put the final points on the board in Ganado’s 20-9 victory. Winslow had one more scoring opportunity, but that threat was thwarted by an interception in the end zone.