CAMP VERDE, Ariz. - The Winslow Bulldogs football team held a shortened controlled scrimmage with the Camp Verde Cowboys in Camp Verde on Aug. 16. The scrimmage was called after less than half the usual plays due to a lightning storm. Winslow ran only 11 plays and reached the end zone twice. Camp Verde did not score in 10 plays.
The Bulldogs ran the ball well and scored on a seven yard run by Kelly Wood. Tito Johnson scored the second Winslow touchdown on a 60-yard pass from James Martinez. There were no conversions as there never are in a controlled scrimmage. No score is kept in a controlled scrimmage at all but observers will see which team gets the ball into the other's end zone and which do not.
The Bulldogs returned home and held a practice scrimmage to see some players who did not get to see much action in the abbreviated controlled scrimmage. Both events were held to prepare the Bulldogs for their season opener against the Sedona Red Rock Scorpions in Sedona on Friday.
Winslow Coach B.J. Little said that he was pleased with how his team played on both offense and defense. He had praise for a number of players including fullback Jonathan Oso who ran the ball well, defensive end Jacob Huddleson and running back Henry Montiel. He was pleased with the performance of young players like sophomore Trace Hardy and a pair of freshmen C.J. Chacon and Hakeem Foster. Foster is a transfer from Holbrook and was much touted by his coach.
Winslow defeated Sedona Red Rock 34-20 last season in Winslow. Little said that the Scorpions are a dangerous opponent and that they are well coached and used a lot of motion. The Bulldogs must be wary and not make mistakes or draw penalties. He said that it is important that the team not underestimate any opponent and take nothing for granted. Many opponents such as Flagstaff and Holbrook are teams he expects to be greatly improved over last year.
The Bulldogs are slated to face many top quality teams this season. One of the best in their division got a head start when the defending State Champion Blue Ridge Yellowjackets beat Moape Valley from Nevada 23-14 in the Barry Sollenberger Classic at Glendale on Friday. Blue Ridge allowed only two touchdowns to the tough Nevada team and one of those was in the closing seconds on a punt return after the game was decided. The Yellowjackets are a perennial top high school in the state and will be Winslow's last opponent in the regular season. Both Little and Blue Ridge Coach Paul Moro are probably hoping this will be an important contest between two teams that remain as state championship contenders.