By Sam Conner
The Winslow Bulldogs will journey to Chinle on Friday, Sept. 8, to meet the Wildcats and, hopefully, continue their unbeaten march toward a state playoff berth. The Bulldogs posted double-digit wins over Monument Valley and Page in their first two games.
Chinle lost to Snowflake 55-6 in its season opener and was slated to play its second game against Show Low on Tuesday. Reports are that the lights went out early in the game last Friday and could not be fixed. That game was to resume on Tuesday.
The Wildcats may have problems having to play a Show Low team smarting from its loss to rival Round Valley on Tuesday and a Bulldog 11 coming off two victories just three days later.
Other Winslow opponents who played last Friday had mixed results. Monument Valley evened its record at 1-1 by nipping Holbrook 28-13. Tuba City defeated Hopi 39-0 to improve to 2-1 for the season, although its victories are over smaller schools, including Piñon and Hopi.
The Coconino Panthers lost to Greenway 46-13 to even their record at 1-1 after their win over Page to open the season. The Snowflake Lobos lost to a powerful Kirkland Central, N.M., team 21-14 in a very close game. That left the Lobos with a 2-1 record and still title contenders.
The Blue Ridge Yellowjackets defeated St. Johns 22-12 to improve to 2-1. The win over a usually tough St. Johns team after cruising past Window Rock causes some wonder about the loss to Page in the season opener.
Payson lost its third straight game 39-13 to the Fountain Hills Falcons. The Longhorns will have to improve greatly to be a title threat. Holbrook’s 28-13 loss to Monument Valley plus reports of serious injuries in the opener against Wickenburg make it difficult to see the Roadrunners as a title threat.