KAYENTA, Ariz. - The Winslow Bulldogs cruised past the Monument Valley Mustangs 60-12 in Kayenta on Friday. The victory improved Winslow's record to 7-2 with only a game with the top ranked Blue Ridge Yellowjackets remaining in the regular season. Monument Valley fell to 6-3 for the season. Winslow very possibly earned a home playoff game with the victory.
The Bulldogs played well on both offense and defense. Winslow scored three touchdowns on pass interceptions and set up several others. The Bulldogs had seven pass interceptions and returned two of them for touchdowns. They also scored on a fumble recovery and run.
Winslow took a short opening kickoff and drove 52 yards to score on their first possession. Caleb Layden ran 35 yards for the touchdown only five plays into the game. Jonathan Oso booted the conversion for a 7-0 lead. Ironically, Caleb Layden scored the next touchdown on defense when he picked up a Mustang fumble and raced 30 yards to the end zone. The conversion increased the lead to 14-0.
Kelly Wood ran 60 yards for a Winslow touchdown early in the second period and Oso's conversion increased the lead to 21-0. The Bulldogs got the ball back on an interception by Kelly Wood and scored on the next play, a 59 yard pass from James Martinez to Shane Sweet. The conversion increased the Bulldogs lead to a comfortable 28-0 with most of the second period left to play.
The next score was set up on Kelly Wood's second interception and came on a 33 yard pass from James Martinez to Henry Montiel. The conversion increased the Winslow lead to 35-0. The rout continued as Winslow scored again on its next possession on a 31 yard pass from James Martinez to Tito Johnson. The conversion failed and the Bulldogs had a 41-0 lead.
Monument Valley finally got on the scoreboard on a six yard run by Dion Bailey to complete an 80 yard drive. The pass for a two point conversion failed and Winslow led 41-6 with less than a minute left in the first half. The Bulldogs did have a threat going when the half ended.
Kelly Wood got his third interception of the game and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown at the start of the second half. The conversion failed and Winslow led 47-6 with most of the second half left to play.
Henry Montiel ran 55 yards for his second touchdown of the game on Winslow's nest possession. The conversion was blocked but the Bulldogs had still increased their lead to a convincing 53-6.
Monument Valley came back to score on a 35 yard pass from Redmond Delmar to Kervin Tom. The two point conversion attempt failed and Winslow still led 53-12.
The Bulldogs have probably wrapped up a playoff appearance and are likely to host that first round game on Friday, Nov. 4. They have a difficult final game of the regular season on Friday.