An exciting back and forth football game between two evenly-matched rivals came down to the wire as Monument Valley pulled out a one point 28-27 win to spoil the Whitehorse homecoming on October 10.
The Cougars scored on 14 run by Devon Denny to start the game and took a 8-0 lead. Whitehorse came galloping back to score twice and take a 15-8 lead at halftime.
“It seems that we have their (Raiders) number,” said Monument Valley’s winning head coach Jim Dandy Jr, “We were behind at haltime, 15-8 and I told the team not to worry. We don’t look at the scoreboard, we just need to eliminate our mistakes, go out and play up to our potential.”
Apparently that adjustment worked, as Josh Nelson ran 21 yards for a touchdown and added two points to take a 16-15 lead over the Raiders.
At the end of the third quarter, Raider Shawn Dickson picked off a pass from Denny and ran 60 yards for a touchdown and a 21-16 lead. This brought the homecoming crowd to their feet and it seemed that the Raiders were on their way to finally beating Monument Valley.
According to Coach Dandy, Raiders Joshua John, Josiah Begay and Shawn Dickson carried the team and played an excellent game. With 9:36 left, Joshua John threw a 24 yard touchdown strike to Shawn Dickson to make the score 27-16.
Later in the fourth quarter, the Raiders stopped the Cougars on 4th and 2, but an unsportsmanlike penalty gave Monument Valley first down. They drove down the field and when quarterback Devon Drew threw a 13 yard touchdown pass to Marvyn Bedoni the Raider lead was cut to 27-22.
The final hero was Adrian Deal, who caught a 38 yard pass to shut the door on the Raiders, 28-27.
With about four minutes to go, Whitehorse made a couple of first downs and drove to the 25 yard line. Quarterback John threw a pass that fell incomplete. On fourth and ten, John faked to Dickson and tried to get the 15 yard line, but was tackled five yards short.
Monument Valley took over on downs 90 seconds left. Whitehorse was out of timeouts and were helpless as the clock wound down to zero.
With the loss, the Raiders have one game remaining against Monticello JV.
Whitehorse has lost to the Cougars for four years in a row. In 2007, they lost in triple overtime 36-34, in 2006 they lost 13-12 for homecoming game, and in 2005 they lost at Monument Valley 51-0.
Monument Valley has three games remaining, with Monticello JV, on Friday at Shonto in a 3 p.m. game and on October 28 against the Cougars of Rock Point, AZ.
Coaches for Monument include Nate and Delwin Danny and Power Whiskers. Whitehorse had Assistant Coach Ed Reynolds.
The senior class won the class competition, followed by the juniors, sophomores and freshmen. Homecoming queen is Latoya Benn, escorted by Jaran Martin. The Junior class is represented by Felicia Rentz, escorted by Tyler Sam, Brittany Redhouse escorted by Colten Lee and Shaunleen Filfred, escorted by Kevin Bellison.
Miss Broken Trail Princess is Lashell Coggeshell of Whitehorse. Shawnarae Lee is Miss Indian San Juan College in Farmington, NM, Lavina Yellowman and Roberta Brady from the College of Eastern Utah, and Jazlyn Begay and Lyndon Sandoval represented Aneth Boarding School.