The Winslow Bulldogs continued their march toward another 3A North Region Football Championship with a 52-6 win over the Monument Valley Mustangs in Kayenta on Friday. The win left the Bulldogs with a 6-1 record for the season and a perfect 4-0 record in the region. The loss dropped the Mustangs to 2-4 for the season and 1-3 in the region.
The Winslow defense stopped the Monument Valley offense without a first down on their first four possessions and set up three touchdowns in both the first and second quarters.
Jordan Payne ran 11 yards for Winslow’s first score to cap a short 22-yard drive on the team’s first possession. The run for conversion failed and the Bulldogs led 6-0.
Orlando Vargas scored on a one-yard run to cap a 23-yard drive on Winslow’s second possession. The conversion attempt failed again and the Bulldogs led 12-0 with just over four minutes left in the quarter.
The final first period score came on a 22-yard run by Michael Zaitz and capped a 40-yard drive. Only 15 seconds were left on the clock when the conversion failed again and the Bulldogs took an 18-0 lead into the second period.
Zaitz scored again on a 49-yard punt return early in the second quarter. Vargas booted the extra point to give Winslow a 25-0 lead.
Payne scored his second touchdown on a one-yard run to cap a 42-yard drive following Nick Anderson’s fumble recovery. Vargas converted to increase the lead to 32-0.
Payne ended the first half scoring with 30 seconds left until intermission with a 20-yard return of a pass interception. Vargas converted for a 39-0 half time lead.
Zaitz scored his third touchdown on a one-yard run that capped a 57-yard drive on the first possession of the second half. The conversion attempt failed and Winslow led 45-0.
Vargas ended Winslow’s scoring on a one-yard run to cap a 41-yard drive and booted the conversion to increase the lead to 52-0.
Reserves played the entire fourth period for the Bulldogs who attempted a 45-yard field goal on first down midway through the final period.
Monument Valley scored on the last play of the game with Joseph Seaton running one yard. His 34-yard pass to Trevor Curley on the previous play set up the score. The officials erred and did not allow Monument Valley to attempt a conversion leaving the final score Winslow 52, Monument Valley 6.
Winslow will host the Hopi Bruins on Friday at Emil Nasser Stadium. Hopi fell to 0-4 in the region and 0-6 for the season with a 44-6 loss to Greyhills in last Friday’s game.
The Bulldogs will need to guard against a let down on Friday when they face the winless Bruins. The Bruins are 0-6 for the season and 0-4 in the 3A North Region after their loss to Greyhills.
The Bulldogs will be looking to run the table in the 3A North Region and secure a high seed in the power point ratings that will guarantee a home playoff game against a relatively weak opponent.
The Bulldogs are 4-0 in the region with three teams at 3-1 tied for second place. Winslow already owns victories over the Tuba City Warriors and the Ganado Hornets.
The Greyhills Knights are the other and most surprising 3-1 team. Window Rock is still alive at 2-2. Monument Valley is 1-3 and Hopi and Pinon are winless at 0-4.