SNOWFLAKE - The Mingus football team lost, 37-17, Friday night in Snowflake. Lobos quarterback Chase Walden threw for 236 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 160 yards and one touchdown.
Mingus entered the game allowing 11.4 points per game. The most they gave up all season was 17 to Coconino and Prescott. Snowflake posted 27 in the second half, humbling the perhaps over-confident Marauders.
"Right now we're not a very good football team," said Mingus head coach Bob Young. "The last two weeks I've been very disappointed. We had a real promising season, and we're not getting any better. That's my fault."
The 17 points for the Marauders came on two Luke Simmons touchdown runs and a Gilbert Quidera field goal.
The first Simmons touchdown came after a Troy Carter interception in the first quarter gave Mingus a short field. On third and goal from the three, Simmons ran to the outside, stiff armed a Lobo and dove for the pylon. The score put Mingus up 7-3.
The Lobos answered with a methodical drive, including plenty of quarterback keepers and third and fourth down conversions, ending with a Chase Walden run up the gut to make the game 10-7. The score remained the same at halftime.
Snowflake received the ball to start the second half and Walden threw for a 50-yard touchdown to go up 10 points. Mingus answered with a 55-yard Simmons rushing TD that ignited the Mingus sideline and brought them back within three.
The Mingus defense forced Snowflake to punt on the next drive, but the Lobos faked the punt and Walden threw a pass down the middle of the field to No. 25 Doug Brimshall for a touchdown.
Before the pivotal trick play, Bob Young yelled to his players, "Watch for No. 25!" but it didn't help. Brimshall had 160 yards receiving and two touchdowns in the game.
Brennan Kitchen returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, but it was called back for a block in the back right before the endzone. The block in the back wasn't needed -- kitchen would have scored without it, but the obvious infraction occurred right in front of Mingus' bench. Young tore off his headset in disgust, and the great runback by Kitchen resulted in just a field goal.
Snowflake extended the lead on the next drive with a touchdown catch by Rick Shumway. Walden had forever to survey the field and threw it up for Shumway, who walked a tightrope and barely tapped his feet down in bounds with possession.
The Lobos added another score in the fourth quarter to win by 20 points.
"There wasn't one thing they did that we didn't work hard on all week, we just didn't do what we were supposed to do," said Young. "We didn't do our job. It's lack of discipline."
The loss means Mingus will not get a first-round home playoff game; they dropped to 11 in the Division IV rankings. Their next game is against Camp Verde on Bright Field.
Mingus volleyball lost to the Lobos, 3-2, in Snowflake Friday.
Senior all-around player Bailey Mabery did not make it to the match because of an illness. Kayter Zillmer, Taylor Bailey, and Sarah Ortiz got more playing time filling in for Mabery. The reserves did well, allowing Mingus to force the match to five games, but not having the talented senior that usually plays every point of a match certainly affected the outcome.
The officials also called the match differently than the Mingus players were accustomed. When you travel 160 miles for a volleyball game you can't expect close calls to go your way, but more than just that, differences in the way the game was called factored into the match.
Senior setter Delaney Scanlan was called for double-hits several times in the match (something that rarely happens), and Mingus frontcourt players got whistled for net violations that left them wondering what they did wrong. The officials called the match consistent for both teams, it just appeared different than many of the matches reporter Sean Morris has seen covering Mingus volleyball this season.
The gymnasium at Snowflake also has a low ceiling and Mingus had to judge the ball bouncing off lights and ceiling tiles, another aspect of the match they weren't accustomed to. Of course it's the same court for both teams, but a big home-court advantage for Snowflake.
The loss moves Mingus down in the rankings to around 15. They play the Longhorns in Payson today in a must-win match.