FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Winslow Bulldogs got a huge win in Flagstaff on Friday when they came from behind to defeat the Coconino Panthers 21-13. The win improved Winslow's record to 6-2 for the season and dropped Coconino to 4-4. The Bulldogs erased a 13-6 first half deficit and scored a pair of second half touchdowns while shutting out the Panthers and the win probably left Winslow in good shape tor a playoff berth. There is even a possibility for Winslow to finish high enough in the power point standings to host a playoff game.
All of the first half scoring took place in the first quarter and all came as a result of turnovers by the other team. Both teams made costly errors and both were quick to take advantage of mistakes in the first half.
Winslow's Chad LaPointe recovered a Coconino fumble at the Panthers 29 yard line and Caleb Layden ran for the first touchdown of the game on the next play. The conversion kick was blocked and the Bulldogs led 6-0l.
The Bulldogs muffed a punt and lost the ball at their own 36 yard line and Luke Daulton ran it into the end zone on the next play. Steve Sordan booted the conversion that gave Coconino a 7-6 lead.
Just before the end of the first period Winslow turned the ball over on downs at their own nine yard line when a bad snap went over the punter's head. Coconino took advantage of the miscue and scored on a three yard run by Timmy Teran. The conversion was blocked and Coconino led 13-6 at the end of the first quarter.
There was no scoring in the second quarter but Coconino had two scoring opportunities which resulted in missed field goal attempts of 34 and 48 yards. The longer attempt came on the final play of the first half.
Kelly Woods ran three yards to complete a nine play 67 yard drive for the first score of the third period and the second half. Caleb Layden ran for the two point conversion that gave the Bulldogs a one point 14-13 lead, which was the score at the end of the third quarter.
Winslow had a scoring drive ended when the Panthers stopped them on downs just a yard from the end zone early in the final period. The Bulldogs recovered a Coconino fumble at the Panthers 35 yard line though and drove back inside the Coconino 10 yard line. James Martinez passed five yards to Henry Montiel for the touchdown that gave the Bulldogs a 21-13 lead after Jonathan Oso booted the conversion. The score came with less than five minutes remaining in the game.
Winslow recovered another Coconino fumble and was able to run out the clock.
The Bulldogs will journey to Kayenta on Friday to meet the Monument Valley Mustangs who improved their record to 6-2 on Friday with a 12-6 win over the Ganado Hornets at Ganado. The Mustangs have also defeated Pinon 39-7, Rough Rock 60-0, Many Farms 55-0, Tuba City 44-8 and Red Mesa 41-0. They have lost to Chinle 38-7 in the season opener and Page 27-6.