The Prescott Badgers will travel to Phoenix and face the Thunderbird Chiefs tonight at 7:00pm. For the Badgers, this will be a bigger challenge than they had last week versus Camelback.
The Thunderbird Chiefs (1-0), are coming off a 29-14 win at Barry Goldwater last Friday. The Chiefs jumped out on top early, with 3 touchdowns, and led 21-0 after the first quarter. Goldwater responded with two touchdowns in the second quarter, to trail 21-14 at the half. The Chiefs shutout the Eagles in the second half, while adding a touchdown and a safety, to secure the win.
Coach Brett Wittenwyler is in his 8th season with a record of (45-35), but covets a 2010 state championship from his teams efforts. Leading the Chiefs offense is quarterback Hunter Paulus 6-2, 175, junior, who only threw the ball 3 times, completing 2 for 34 yards and a touchdown last week. The real threat came in a pair of running backs. Dominique King, 5-9, 190, sr, rushed for 195 yards and 2 touchdowns. Kaleb Hofer 5-9, 175, sr, added 93 yards on 11 carries. Receiver Marcus Boyd 6-3, 195, sr, who had a touchdown last week, should not go left unnoticed.
The Chiefs defense is led by a pair of senior linebackers in Rees Beasley 5-10, 180, and Alan Murtic 6-2, 215. Those two combined for 13 tackles last week. Cornerback Cole Sutter 5-10, 170, sr, had 2 interceptions in the win at Goldwater.
There was not much for Coach Cody Collett to be upset about last week. Perhaps a slow start, but the Badgers (1-0), dominated throughout winning 49-7 over Camelback. A quicker start may be needed to stem the tide of the Chiefs who had a fast start last week.
The two quarterback system worked quite well for the Badgers last week. Dawson Winslow 6-0, 165, jr, and Ryan Greene 6-0, 155, so, were both very effective in running the offense. Christian Setter 5-10, 165, jr, was solid in the backfield, (100 yards rushing and two touchdowns), and had plenty of help from the offensive line. The line consisting of center Zach Sweeney 6-0, 250, jr, guards Carl Wilson 5-11, 180 sr, and Kaiser Anderson 6-2, 225, jr, along with tackles Alex Montague 6-4, 265, jr, and Louis Cruz 6-0, 260, sr, will need to be as effective as they were last week.
Look for both teams to try and establish the run, because that is what they do best. The key will most likely be who can have an effective passing attack. Though it may be limited, there is big play potential.
The Badgers defense played extremely well in week one. Look for linebackers Luke Roberts 6-1, 200, sr, Marcus Diaz 5-10, 185, sr, David Pearce 5-11, 190, jr, along with defensive lineman Edgar Aguilera 5-10, 210, jr, and company to try and shutdown the Chiefs running attack.
Coach Cody Collett had this to say about tonights game. "Thunderbird is very good team. They are kind of a mirrior image of us, very physical, and like to run the ball a lot. It should be a very entertaining game, and hopefully we will have a good turnout coming down from Prescott. The outcome most likely determined by turnovers. If we win the turnover battle, then we have a very good chance to win, if we lose the turnover battle it may be a long night."
Prescott has had the better of the two teams, with the Badgers winning three out of the last four. The last time the two teams met was in 2008, with Prescott winning 63-34 at home.
If you are planning to make it down for the game. Thunderbird High School is located at 1750 W. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85023. Gametime weather in Phoenix will be partly cloudy, with a 20% chance of precipitation. Temperature will be in the low 90s.
Friday Night Lights High School Football Schedule Week 2
Centennial at Basha
Chandler at Chaparral
Coconino at Lee Williams
Copper Canyon at Dysart, 6:00pm
Desert Ridge at Sandra Day O'Connor
Flagstaff at Kingman
Fredonia at Beaver Dam, 4:00pm
Higley at Campo Verde
Ironwood at Cactus Shadows
Kellis at Independence
Maryvale at Carl Hayden Community
Moon Valley at Cactus
Phoenix Christian at Bourgade Catholic
Phoenix Day School for the Deaf at Ajo
Pima at Joseph City
Pinnacle at Saguaro
Poston Butte at Gilbert
Red Mesa vs. San Carlos at Snowflake HS, 5:00pm
Sedona Red Rock at Paradise Honors
St. Mary's at Corona Del Sol
Sunnyslope at North Canyon
Sunrise Mountain at Arcadia
Tolleson at Agua Fria
Veritas Prep at ASU Prep
Wickenburg at Glendale
Williams Field at Desert Vista
Yuma at Lake Havasu
North 23, Central 6