By Greg Perkins
The second full week of the football season gets underway on Friday, Sept. 1, and concludes on the following evening for area teams. Holbrook, Snowflake and Winslow will hit the field Friday night, while the Wildcats of Joseph City will travel to Anthem Prep for a Saturday night kickoff.
Joseph City comes into the game on the heels of last week’s season opening loss to Valley Union. The Wildcats were a little short handed in that game, but even if they remain that way they should have little problem with the Eagles. Anthem Prep dropped its first two contests, losing a close game to Arete Prep in zero week, then falling by a landslide last week to Superior. Even with Joseph City making the long trip to Anthem and playing in the Valley heat, the Wildcats should still have enough of an edge to balance their season mark at 1-1.
Snowflake rolled to its second consecutive victory over their second North Region team with last week’s big win over Window Rock. On Friday night they host Kirtland Central from New Mexico. Last season Snowflake shut out the Broncos in New Mexico, 37-0. With the Lobos untested thus far this season and Kirtland Central playing its first game of the year, it would appear Snowflake is headed for its third consecutive win this week.
Winslow opened the season by avenging last season’s opening loss to Monument Valley. This time the Bulldogs rolled over the Mustangs 35-6. This week Winslow stays home once again to host an improved Page unit. The Sand Devils handily defeated Blue Ridge in their first outing, then lost to Coconino last week by just a touchdown. Last year Winslow won this game in Page, 34-6. Friday night’s game could be much closer than that, although playing on their home turf should give the Bulldogs the edge they need to improve to 2-0.
Holbrook plays at home for the first time on Friday, hosting Monument Valley. The Mustangs rattled off 10 straight wins last season before bowing out in the first round of the playoffs. They started this season with a road loss at Winslow. The Roadrunners fell last Saturday night to Wickenburg and also lost their starting quarterback for the season. Sophomore Finn Kinghorn will have to step in and lead the Birds to a win in what could be a very close game. Last year’s game in Kayenta went the way of the Mustangs, 31-14. The two teams finished that game only four yards apart in total offense, with each being able to move the ball against the other. However, Holbrook had five turnovers, which made the difference in the final outcome. If the Roadrunners take better care of the ball on Friday they have a chance to even their season mark at 1-1. Monument Valley will present a different type of opponent than did the Wranglers last week. Wickenburg threw the ball just once the entire game. The Mustangs will put the ball in the air often, putting pressure on Holbrook’s defensive secondary. If the Roadrunners can flip the tables and get a few turnovers in their favor they have a solid chance in front of their home fans for the first time.
Game times for all teams will be 7 p.m.