By Greg Perkins
As expected, the Holbrook Roadrunners balanced their season mark at 2-2 with an easy 52-20 home field win over visiting Arete Prep last Friday night. The Chargers made the long trip up from Gilbert, where they had played nothing but eight-man football while building up their 2-1 record. In their first outing in an 11-man format they were pretty much dominated by the Roadrunners.
The previous week Frankie Ulibarri had a big night, scoring seven times. On Friday night it appeared Zakhari Waits was in for a big night. Waits scored three times in the first 10 minutes of the game, pacing Holbrook to a 19-6 first period lead.
He started the night with a 29-yard run on Holbrook’s fourth play of the game. After Holbrook’s defense stifled the Chargers first possession, Waits scored on the Roadrunners’ first play, going pretty much untouched on a 76-yard run.
Following an Arete Prep score with 2:29 left in the period making the score 13-6, Waits returned the ensuing kickoff 78 yards for his third score of the period.
Jeffrey Jones picked off a Charger pass early in the second period, which set up Wait’s fourth score of the night on a 15-yard run, making the score 27-6 with 9:39 left in the half.
Ulibarri got back in the end zone at the 4:35 mark of the period on a 20-yard run, giving Holbrook a comfortable 33-6 halftime edge.
Early in the third the Roadrunners scored in just two plays, with Waits rumbling in from nine yards out to make the score 40-6. The Chargers scored inside the final minute of the quarter, sending the game to the fourth with Holbrook in control 40-13.
Jones may be Holbrook’s most exciting player, as he is a threat to take it to the house any time he touches the ball. With 10:38 left in the fourth he did just that, scoring on a 19-yard run. The Chargers scored one final time late in the fourth, then Holbrook put the final points on the board when Andrew Dawson scored on a 26-yard run to bring the score to 52-20.
Ulibarri completed five of nine passes for 74 yards. Jalen Nez caught three of those passes for 54 yards. Darrin Tyler had the other two receptions for 20 yards.
Arete Prep’s defense was no match for Holbrook’s ground game. The Roadrunners piled up 463 yards led by Waits, who gained 213 yards on just 11 runs. Jones also eclipsed the century mark, gaining 101 yards on only eight carries. Ulibarri gained 79 yards on eight runs. Freshman John O’Brien had 32 yards on five attempts. Dawson had 26 yards on his only run. Brady Buckley gained six yards on five rushes. Shaylan Shay gained five yards on his only carry. Jaggar Buckley carried it once, gaining a yard.
Holbrook’s defense was led by Ulibarri and Tyler with 12 tackles each. Ambrose Jackson made eight tackles. O’Brien finished with seven tackles.
The Roadrunners, now 2-2, will travel to Page on Friday night, Sept. 22, to see if they can move their winning streak to three games before heading into the East Region schedule in two weeks.