WINSLOW, Ariz. -The Winslow Bulldogs opened their 2011 season with a 34-20 win over the Sedona Red Rock Scorpions in Winslow on Friday. The game was hard fought and both teams came up with some spectacular scoring plays.
The Bulldogs got especially good performances from quarterback James Martinez, running back/receiver Henry Montiel, running back Kelly Wood and running back/linebacker Caleb Layden.
Sedona was led by quarterback Jack Johnson and running back/receiver Bradley Cox.
Winslow got off to a fast start as Henry Montiel ran 65 yards to score on the second play from scrimmage. The conversion by Jonathan Oso was good and the Bulldogs led 7-0 after less than a minute of play.
The Scorpions appeared to score quickly as well on an 80 yard pass play but the score was nullified due to a motion penalty. Sedona Red Rock did get on the scoreboard with just 26 second left in the first quarter on a 20 yard pass to Keenan Crans from Jack Johnson. Johnson then hit Bradley Cox for a two point conversion and an 8-7 lead to take to the second quarter.
Winslow quarterback James Martinez scored on a seven yard run with 9:30 left in the half and hit Matt Smith for a two point conversion to give the Bulldogs a 15-8 lead.
Kelly Wood scored on a one yard run with 4:43 left in the half and Oso's kick increased the lead to 22-8 at the intermission.
Scorpion quarterback Jack Johnson hit T. J. Ryan on a 55 yard trick play pass and the conversion by Johnson cut the Winslow lead to 22-15 with less than a minute gone in the second half.
The Scorpions closed the gap on a seven yard run by Bradley Cox with 4:14 left in the third quarter. The conversion pass failed and Winslow still led 22-20.
A three yard run by Kelly Wood on Winslow's last possession of the third quarter increased the lead to 28-20 as the conversion failed.
The Bulldogs got on the board again early in the fourth quarter on a six yard run by Kelly Wood. The key to that drive was Sedona Red Rock gambling on a fourth down play at their own 35 yard line. That failed gamble and Winslow's touchdown put the game practically out of reach and the final score of 34-20 on the board.
Henry Montiel did get into the Sedona Red Rock end zone on a 100 yard return of an interception in the closing seconds of the game but that play was erased by a holding penalty.
Other scores of interest included Blue Ridge 28 Mingus 7, Chinle 28 Monument Valley 7, Greyhills 30 Red Mesa 8, Joseph City 80 Rock Point 12, Window Rock 58 Many Farms 0, Round Valley 63 Alchesay 0 and Tuba City 8 Rough Rock 6.
The Bulldogs will host the Holbrook Roadrunners at Emil Nasser Stadium at 7 p.m. on Friday. Holbrook opened their season against the Snowflake Lobos with the Lobos winning decisively 63-0.