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Page HS football coach responds to criticism after 94-0 blowout vs. Window Rock

Posted at 1:49 PM, Oct 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-11 18:21:43-04

In their past two games, the Page High School football team has outscored opponents 160-0.

That includes a 94-0 blowout of Window Rock High School last week, which has some calling foul.

“As a team and a coaching staff we felt disrespected and we believe Page should have showed better sportsmanship,” said Window Rock head coach Wilbur Begay, Jr.

Window Rock (3-4) was plagued by injuries headed into the game, and also had several starting players who were not eligible to play because of grades.

“He had more than one game film of us and should have known that that was not our varsity team,” Begay added of Page's coach.

Page (6-1) head coach Mitchell Stephens, however, tells a different story. He says they did put in reserve players, simplified their game plan, and much of their scoring came from their defense. 
“During Friday's game we had three interception returns for touchdowns in the first quarter. There was also a free kick returned for a touchdown," said Stephens. “There were 12 offensive plays run the first half.”

The score at the half was 64-0.

According to Max Preps, the Page Sand Devils only attempted five passes in the game, three of which were touchdowns. Four Page running backs also rushed for six touchdowns.

“During the second half we made substitutions at every position, including an entire JV squad on offense and defense,” Mitchell said. “We never fielded a punt, lineman were put in to attempt two-point conversions and our backups played the majority of the half. In regards to the playbook, we ran two offensive schemes, both of which were inside runs.”

Begay, however, says Page did not do enough to slow down the game.

"Parents, fans and coaches have animosity towards Page now and not sure what we can do to fix it," he added. "Going forward, we will always have this game to remember and hope we can learn from it."

Page now moves on to play Ganado (4-3) on the road this week as they look to continue their hot streak. 

Window Rock hopes to bounce back on the road against Chinle (3-4). Coach Begay says they hope to have several key players who were ineligible due to grades, back on the field.