Wildcats close regular season by hosting archrival Mogollon

By Greg Perkins

The final week of the regular football season has arrived for 1A schools and with it comes the annual rivalry game between Joseph City and Mogollon. Friday night’s (Oct. 13) game will be played in Joseph City, where the Wildcats will be hoping to knock off the newly anointed No. 1 Mustangs, who are fresh off their upset of previous number one Superior last week.  Joseph City has won five of its past six games and has moved into 10th position in the 1A rankings.

Mogollon is unbeaten on the season and in their four common opponents with the Wildcats, the Mustangs hold a definite scoring edge. Mogollon defeated El Capitan, Williams, Fredonia and NFL Yet by a combined score of 224-63. In the same four match ups, the Wildcats have been outscored 146-126, including a 72-0 loss to Williams, which the Mustangs defeated 34-29. On paper everything adds up to a blowout win for Mogollon. However, Joseph City is playing at home and last week saw the return of Matt Fields in limited action. If Fields can come close to being at normal health, Joseph City has a chance to make this game closer than it may appear on paper. Either way, the Wildcats have a good opportunity to make the 1A state playoffs. All they need to do is finish this week ranked inside the top 12. The Cats headed into Friday’s game ranked 10th in power points.

Teams in the 3A Conference still have three weeks left on their regular season dockets.

Holbrook will be at Snowflake, where the Lobos have to be licking their chops after seeing what Show Low did to the Roadrunners last week. Holbrook (2-5) has dropped three straight, while the Lobos (5-2) have now won three straight. Everything about this matchup sees two teams going in different directions. Snowflake is currently ranked ninth while the Birds sit at No. 29.  Last season this game ended with the Lobos on top 33-8. Don’t expect this game played in Snowflake to be that close.

Winslow started the season with five straight wins and had moved up to No. 3 in the power rankings. The Bulldogs have now dropped two straight and saw their rankings drop as well. The Dawgs head into tonight’s home field match up with Payson ranked 11th.  Payson has played a tough schedule, but has just one win on the books. The Longhorns enter this game at 1-6, including last week’s 28-7 home field loss to Snowflake. With three weeks left on the schedule the Longhorns have little left to play for. Despite losses in the last two weeks, the Bulldogs still have a chance to crawl back into the top eight in the rankings and host a first round state playoff game.  For that to happen, they need to take care of Payson tonight. Winslow is the better team here and should improve to 6-2 with a win.