Bulldogs lose to Parker 21-18 in state playoffs

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Sophomore wide receiver Kelly Wood attempts to gain extra yards for his team before being taken to the ground.

Todd Roth/NHO<br> Sophomore wide receiver Kelly Wood attempts to gain extra yards for his team before being taken to the ground.

WINSLOW, Ariz. - The Parker Broncs ended the season for the Winslow Bulldogs with a 21-18 upset victory over them in a first round Division Four Playoff game played in Winslow on Friday. The loss ended Winslow's season with a 7-4 record. Parker advanced to the second round with an 8-3 record. Parker will meet the Seton Catholic Sentinels on Saturday. Seton Catholic defeated the Chinle Wildcats 72-18 at Chandler on Friday to advance to the second round.

Parker started strong and did all of its scoring in the first quarter and on the first play of the second period. Winslow had more opportunities and outgained the Broncs in the second half when they made a valiant run after falling behind 21-0 in the first half and outscored the Broncs 18-0 in the second half. The game was played in inclement weather with both wind and rain to contend with.

Winslow was hurt by the absence of star running back, receiver, special team player and defensive back Henry Montiel who suffered a broken ankle in the last game of the regular season.

Parker scored on their third play from scrimmage on a 56 yard run by quarterback Angelo Gonzalez. Alfonso Lamaz converted to give the Broncs a 7-0 lead after just over a minute of play.

Adrian Diaz of Parker intercepted a Winslow pass on the first offensive play for the Bulldogs and returned it to the Winslow 24 yard line. Louis Golding passed 24 yards to Luis Gonzales for the score on a trick play that started with a lateral pass from Angelo Gonzales to Golding. The conversion increased the Parker lead to 14-0. The first pass appeared to also be a forward pass but was ruled a lateral and a legal play.

Winslow drove to the Parker goal line at the end of the first quarter but was stopped on fourth and goal inside the one yard line on the last play of the first quarter which ended with Parker leading 14-0. The Bulldogs had driven 71 yards before being stopped on that fourth down play.

The first play of the second quarter saw Angelo Gonzalez get his second touchdown of the game on a brilliant 99 yard run. The conversion was good and increased the Parker lead to 21-0. That turned out to be the only scoring of the first half.

The Bulldogs lost star running back Caleb Layden with a knee injury and did not play in the second half. They were playing without Henry Montiel whose season ended with an injury during the final regular season game.

Winslow got the first score of the second half on a four yard run by Kelly Wood with just 2:19 left in the third quarter. The play completed a 48 yard drive and brought the Bulldogs within 21-6 of the Broncs as the conversion kick failed.

The Bulldogs scored again with only 28 seconds left in the third quarter on a five yard run by Kelly Wood. The conversion failed and the Parker lead was cut to 21-12. The Bulldogs recovered an on-side kick and had the ball in Parker territory with seconds remaining in the third quarter. The quarter ended with Winslow back in contention and driving toward the Parker end zone.

James Martinez ran nine yards for a touchdown with 11:28 remaining in the game. The two point conversion attempt failed but the Bulldogs were now trailing by just three points 21-18 with most of the fourth quarter left to play.

The Bulldogs drove to a first and goal with about five minutes left in the game but failed to score after a miscue caused a significant loss of yardage. Winslow did get the ball back but were unable to score in their last possession.

Other first round Division Four playoff games saw top ranked Blue Ridge cruise past the Coolidge Bears 54-14. Second ranked Snowflake defeated the Window Rock Scouts 56-7. Empire edged River Valley 17-13. Buckeye edged Fountain Hills 21-17. The third ranked Show Low Cougars topped the Mingus Marauders 49-6. The Florence Gophers bested the Monument Valley Mustangs 74-14.

In Division Five games involving teams which were often opponents of teams from the area Round Valley defeated Willcox 35-0, St. Johns beat Williams 54-0 and Camp Verde topped Phoenix Christian 39-14.


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