The Winslow Bulldogs opened defense of their 3A North Region title with a 46-6 win over the Hopi Bruins at Polacca. The contest was the first regional game for either team. Winslow improved its over all record to 4-0 while Hopi fell to 1-3.
The Bulldogs scored on two play drives the first three times they had the ball. The first was on a 43 yard run by Mark Armao. The second was on a seven yard scamper by Ray Grabowski. The third on a four yard run by Armao. Stacey Berg converted after the second and third touchdowns and Winslow led 20-0 after the first quarter.
The only scores of the second period came on a 13 yard run by Justin Powell and a conversion by Berg. Hopi had a serious threat in the quarter, driving to the Winslow one before the Bulldogs held.
The Bulldogs scored first in the third quarter on a nine yard run by Efrim Kinlichinnie. The conversion attempt failed.
A 25 yard run by Matthew Smith followed by Berg's conversion kick ended the third period scoring with the Bulldogs leading 39-0.
Smith ended the scoring for Winslow on an 18 yard run that gave the Bulldogs a 46-0 advantage after Berg's conversion.
Hopi drove 72 yards and ate up most of the fourth quarter for its only score of the game. Michael Lomatewyma carried the bulk of the attack and ran the final yard. The conversion failed and the 46-6 final score was on the board.
Coach Adam Larsen used a plethora of players and took advantage of the opportunity for many young Bulldogs to gain valuable varsity experience. The Bulldogs will meet Monument Valley on Friday at Emil Nasser Stadium with kick-off slated for 7 p.m. This will be another 3A North Region contest.