Video - Cougars go far, win big at Espanola, NM

The Show Low Cougars opened up their 2016 football season with a long road trip to Espanola Valley High School in Espanola, New Mexico, and the 10 hour bus ride was repayed with a 55-14 win.

Sloppy field conditions, created by days of heavy rain preceding the matchup, did not slow down the Cougars' potent offense. The starting offense was a perfect five of five in possessions that lead to touchdowns, and they added a special teams score as well as points from the backups.

Despite the score, Show Low managed only 291 yards of offense due to their average starting field position - the Espanola 45 yard line.

Still, the starters were effective throughout their limited time with QB Rhett Ricedorff throwing two touchdowns and RB Jayson Brown rushing for a pair.

The defense was like a steel trap, especially in the first half where they held the Sundevils to just 17 yards of offense. In fact, Espanola did not cross midfield until late in the 3rd quarter.

The Sports Zone Radio Player of the Game went to Sr. OL/LB Dylan Gabbard, who exemplified the intensity of his teammates. In one stretch of four plays, Gabbard had three outstanding highlights. First, he sacked Espanola quarterback Joerey Manzanares for a five yard loss. Then, he blocked a Sundevil punt that his teammate Westin Keim scooped and scored on. Finally, he outraced his coverage teammate on the ensuing kickoff the make an text book open-field tackle on the Espanola returner.

Next for Show Low is a home tilt on Friday, September 2nd versus Chinle.