By Sam Conner
The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Page Sand Devils 40-20 in their Homecoming game last Friday night, Sept. 1, at Emil Nasser Stadium. The win improved Winslow’s record to 2-0 and left Page with a 1-2 mark.
The Sand Devils got a first down on their first possession, but lost a fumble to Noah Upchurch of Winslow near midfield. The Bulldogs marched into a threatening position.
The Bulldogs scored on a one-yard run by Mikel Bonner with more than seven minutes left in the first quarter. The 48-yard drive was all on running plays. Damon Avalar booted the conversion for a 7-0 lead.
Page got good field position after a bad snap caused Winslow’s punter to run the ball. The Sand Devils took the ball inside the Winslow 30.
Page quarterback Jacob Doyle ran two yards for the touchdown that cut the Winslow lead to 7-6 when the conversion run failed. The score came with just over two minutes left in the first quarter.
Page recovered a Winslow fumble and was inside the Winslow 20 yard line when the first quarter ended with Winslow leading 7-6.
The Bulldogs took the ball on downs after the first play of the second quarter.
Winslow scored on an 81-yard pass from Junior Villanueva to Yoaan Djassa. The conversion was booted by Brennan Sawyer and gave the Bulldogs a 14-6 with 10 minutes left in the half.
Sawyer intercepted a Page pass at the Winslow 25.
The Bulldogs scored quickly again on a 65-yard pass from Villanueva to Jalen Lyons, then booted the conversion for a 21-6 lead.
Upchurch took the ball away from the Page ball carrier and Villanueva passed 27 yards to Djassa for the touchdown. The conversion failed and Winslow led 27-6 with about four minutes left in the half.
The first half ended with Winslow leading 27-6.
Page recovered an onside kickoff to start the second half. Kele Meredith ran one yard for the touchdown and a conversion pass from Doyle to Austin Green cut the Winslow lead to 27-14 with about nine minutes left in the third quarter.
After a couple of possessions, Page lost another fumble to the Bulldogs. Winslow drove to inside the Page 20 yard line. The Bulldogs scored on a 16-yard pass from Villanueva to Bonner, who made a spectacular one-handed catch.
Villanueva intercepted a Page pass and returned it 66 yards for a touchdown. Avalar converted for a 40-14 lead. That was the score entering the fourth quarter.
Page continued to have trouble with fumbles and Djassa recovered one of them.
After getting the ball back Doyle passed 18 yards to Justin Salabiye for a Page touchdown. The conversion failed and Winslow led 40-20 with two minutes left to play. That score stood as the final.
The Bulldogs will journey to Chinle on Friday, Sept. 8, to meet the Wildcats. Chinle has the misfortune of starting its season against three football powerhouses that are used to being serious state championship contenders, The Snowflake Lobos cruised past Chinle 55-6 and they are slated to meet the Show Low Cougars Tuesday night, Sept. 5, who are smarting from a loss to Round Valley.