Viking gridders able to post 2 wins in 1931<br>
Oct. 17, 1931 — Williams 13, Snowflake 6. Williams won its first game of the season over conference newcomer Snowflake, 13-6. Williams played without star Jimmie Gonzales, who missed the game with an injury.
Manuel Luna scored the first TD on a 12-yard reverse. The same play set up a one-yard TD run by Longie Mora in the second quarter.
In the second, Williams began the drive at its own 38. Short gains ranging from 2 to 5 yards moved Williams steadily downfield. A penalty on Snowflake gave WHS the ball at the 24-yard line. On fourth-and-one, Williams got the first down on a line back left of the center for three yards.
Luna then ran a reverse of seven yards down to the 1. But he was shaken up on the play and had to leave the field, only to later return. Mora followed with the TD and the kick was converted to give Williams a 13-0 lead.
On Snowflake’s next possession, Joe Cardani had a big play with a tackle for a loss of five yards. Williams got the ball back but did not have enough time to score. On the final play of the second quarter, Williams executed a nice pass for a 32-yard gain to the Snowflake 17.
In the third quarter, Snowflake drove to the Williams 39, but the Orange & Black turned the visitors away with an interception at the 25. Moments later, Williams fumbled the ball away to give Snowflake back its good field position. After an off-sides penalty, Snowflake scored on a 30-yard pass. The conversion failed and Williams led 13-6.
Later in the third, Snowflake began a drive and moved the ball deep into Williams territory. The drive carried over into the fourth quarter where Snowflake had a first-and-goal from the 3. On third down, Williams tackled Snowflake for a three-yard loss. On fourth down, Snowflake fumbled and Williams recovered at the eight-yard line to dodge a bullet.
Williams got out of bad field possession immediately with a 26-yard pass play. Snowflake got the ball back soon, but the clock ran out and Williams had its first win.
Oct. 31, 1931 — Williams 21, Holbrook 6. Williams won its second straight game with a 21-6 over Holbrook. With the win, the Orange & Black have now beaten both of the Northern Arizona Conference’s newest members.
Williams scored early in the first quarter on a Manuel Luna fake-reverse run. Jimmie Gonzales scored the last touchdown on a 30-yard pass reception. Holbrook scored late on an interception return for a touchdown. Coach Leo Wolfson said Gonzales and Mora did well on defense while Cardani and Walker did well on the line. Williams completed 4-of-5 passes in the first half.
In the second quarter, the Orange & Black began a good drive at its own 25. On first down, Mora went around the right end for a gain of 12 yards. A wide left end run gave Williams a 20-yard gain and put the ball into Holbrook territory. But the ball was fumbled away. On the first play after the turnover for Holbrook, Williams got the ball back on an interception. Gonzales then caught a 24-yard pass to put the ball at the Holbrook 31. He later caught a 26-yard TD pass.
The team’s third TD came in the third quarter. The scoring drive was the first series of the second half. Crumb returned the kickoff to the Williams 39. Gains of seven and then six yards gave Williams a first down. Luna later had a 13-yard run for a first down at the Holbrook 32.
With the help of a penalty, the Orange & Black registered another first down at the 20. Despite a 15-yard penalty, Williams made it to the one-yard line on a pass play. Two plays later, the Orange & Black scored on a one-yard run. The conversion was good on a pass play.
Early in the fourth, Holbrook drove to the Williams 19, but turned the ball over on downs. Late in the game, Williams had the ball at its own 32 and went back for a pass. Holbrook intercepted and returned it for a TD. On the last play of the game, Williams completed a 22-yard pass.
Nov. 11, 1931 — Flagstaff 19, Williams 12. Flagstaff scored after two blocked punts in a 12-0 win over rival Williams.
Flagstaff’s first TD came on a long pass play. Williams came right back with a touchdown of its own. The conversion failed and the Eagles led, 7-6. Williams was driving for another possible TD when the first half ran out.
In the third quarter, a Williams punt was blocked which led to a Flag touchdown. The Eagles scored on a long run late in the quarter for a 13-6 lead. The lead was increased to 19-6 on another blocked punt in the fourth quarter.
Williams scored its second TD in the fourth on a 50-yard run by Lito Cardenas. Longie Mora did well with line blocking and Jimmie Gonzales excelled at quarterback. Walker and Cardani were outstanding on the line.
Nov. 21, 1931 — Kingman 19, Williams 0. Kingman handed Williams a 19-0 loss. Williams came into the game with very little practice time in the week before because of bad weather. Longie Mora left the game with a twisted ankle.
Kingman scored two of its three touchdowns on big plays. Kingman intercepted a Williams pass at the 10-yard line and walked in for the TD. Later, Kingman blocked a Williams punt for another score.
Williams had chances to score. The Orange & Black had a first-and-goal at the one-yard line, but Kingman held on four straight plays. Williams later drove to the 10-yard line, but again could not capitalize.
Nov. 25, 1931 — Winslow 12, Williams 0. Winslow left Williams with a 12-0 victory in severe cold and poor field conditions on Thanksgiving Day. The fourth quarter was shortened to eight minutes because of the awful conditions.
Incidentally, Williams was putting together its best drive of the game and seemed to be headed for a score when the shortened fourth quarter ended.
The Orange & Black ended the season with a 2-6 record. Postseason honors went to three Williams players. Longie Mora made first team on the All-Northern Arizona Conference team at halfback. Mora was one of four players chosen unanimously for the honor. Mora was one of the fast backs in the north and proved to be a consistent ground gainer. Howard Walker made the second team. Gordon Brown was an honorable mention.