Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Thu, Feb. 27

Larsen pleased with Bulldogs in Fountain Hills scrimmage

Winslow High School football coach Adam Larsen said on Saturday that he had been pleased with the team's performance on Friday in a controlled scrimmage against the 3A West Region Fountain Hills Falcons at Fountain Hills. Although no scores are kept in a controlled scrimmage, Larsen said that the Bulldogs had moved the ball well and shut down the Falcon offense after the first few series of plays.

Larsen said that things had looked good over all, but that there were some things that surfaced that would need to be worked on. He said that the team had driven the ball well and that the Fountain Hills coach had complimented the team on that aspect of their game. He noted that Fountain Hills is a big, tough football team and a probably state playoff contender.

He said that another thing the team had done well was recover from some early mistakes and bad plays and remember how to play football. He had high praise for his defense, which controlled the Falcon offense after the first few series.

Senior running back Adrian Smith drew praise from Larsen along with a number of other outstanding upper classmen who will form the nucleus of this team. Senior tackle and defensive end Nick Anderson and senior quarterback Jordan Payne were among the stalwarts on last season's Bulldogs squad and showed they ready to be relied upon again. Senior center and defensive tackle Cory Dean and senior running back Anthony Martinez were two more veterans drawing praise.

Junior offensive and defensive tackle Justin Powell was a standout last season and showed he will again be a major part of the Bulldogs' success. Fellow juniors, fullback and middle linebacker Dillon DeWitt and lineman David Young, are also veterans who were outstanding in the scrimmage.

Winslow will benefit from the presence of two senior transfers. Receiver Johnny Butler returns to his Winslow roots and was extremely impressive in the scrimmage. Kyle Holland did not play football in Canada, but is making impressive strides as a tight end. He may be the largest target quarterback Payne has in the lineup.

Larsen said that he does not know a lot about Holbrook, Winslow's season opening opponent on Friday, but said he had heard that they had a good scrimmage with St. Johns. The Roadrunners have a new coach again this season. Coach Farmer will have his work cut out for him in the tough 3A East Region where victories are difficult to obtain.

Larsen said that the Bulldogs would go into Friday's game planning to make their system work and get batter. He said that he was more focused on having the team play its game regardless of who the opponent was.

Holbrook is one of Winslow's oldest gridiron rivals with kickoff for Friday's game set for 7 p.m. This has been a series dominated by the Bulldogs but Holbrook has managed its share of stunning upsets over the years.

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