The two teams met on Friday, October 28 in Montezuma Creek for the season-ending game between the rivals.
Midway through the first quarter, with the Cougars holding an 8-0 lead, the Navajo Tribal Police called an end to the game and asked players and spectators to leave the field.
The law enforcement officials had discovered several weapons in vehicles. After investigating the incident, several arrests were made and the game was postponed.
The weapons were reportedly in a vehicle the entire time and may have been owned by fans who arrived at the game after hunting. Regardless, it is a violation of state, federal and tribal law to have weapons in view on school property.
“While exercising an abundance of caution, the Navajo Tribal Police decided it was best to postpone the game,” explained San Juan School District Superintendent Ed Lyman. “I understand why people were upset, but there were clear legal issues involved.”
Many members of the large crowd were upset that the game was postponed, particularly since it was Senior Night and a rivalry game.
The decision was made to resume the game at a neutral field. There will be no admission charge to the game in Blanding.
The Battle of the Drum is the final game of the season between the two rivals. The winner of the game secures control of the drum. The schools also have a contest for control of a beautiful piece of pottery. The bowl goes to the school with the higher academic scores and was recently claimed by Whitehorse High School.