By Greg Perkins
Hosting Show Low last Friday night, the Holbrook Roadrunners were outmatched in every facet of the game in the 76-6 loss.
The Cougars scored 11 first half touchdowns, posting all 76 of their points in that time. The second half, thankfully, went quickly for Roadrunner fans due to the mercy rule of the running clock.
Playing with several younger players, the Birds played harder than they have in recent games, they were just outmatched against a solid Cougar team. Sophomore quarterback Eric Baldonado got the start and completed six of 18 passes for 38 yards. Senior signal caller Frankie Ulibarri played sparingly, but completed six of 12 passes for 87 yards with one interception.
Keeping with the younger theme, Brady Buckley led the Holbrook receiver corps with five catches for 22 yards. Finn Kinghorn had three for 76 yards, including a long bomb from Ulibarri which covered 59 yards. Tyson Begay had two catches for five yards and Gabriel Santibanez had two catches for 22 yards.
On the ground the Roadrunners were led by Kinghorn with 26 yards on seven attempts. Ulibarri rushed three times, picking up 13 yards. Baldonado had three runs for a total of 12 yards and Andrew Dawson picked up six yards on one attempt.
Holbrook’s lone score came on an 85-yard kick off return by Zakhari Waits in the second quarter. That excitement didn’t last long though, as the Cougars’ James Turner matched him on the ensuing kickoff, returning it 85 yards for another Show Low score.
Holbrook’s defense was led by Dawson with five tackles. Shaylan Shay played well with four stops and Jonathan Evans had three takedowns.
Show Low’s offense piled up over 400 yards, with most of the damage done on the ground. Senior tailback Westin Keime gained 206 yards on just eight runs, with four of those runs to the end zone.
With the loss Holbrook fell to 2-5. Things won’t get any easier for the Roadrunners when they travel to Snowflake on Friday night, Oct. 13. The Lobos have moved into the top seven in the rankings and are in the midst of a three-game winning streak, which includes last Friday’s 28-7 win in Payson.