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Streaking Badgers Hit Wall in Loss to Mingus
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08 October 2016  

Prescott falls to 4-3 on the season.

COTTONWOOD- The Badgers were a red-hot team riding a two-game winning streak coming into Friday night’s game against Mingus but the train came to a screeching halt in Cottonwood as the Badgers struggled in a 48-12 defeat.

Both teams came into this matchup with a bit of steam behind them. The Prescott Badgers had just come off a homecoming victory and were still unbeaten in section play. Meanwhile, the Marauders were undoubtedly looking to avenge last week’s loss to Bradshaw Mountain returning home to face a hot Prescott High School squad.  

Missed opportunities were a big deterrent for the Badgers on Friday as team turned the ball over multiple times and failed to move the ball with any consistency as well as having a hard time containing the powerful Mingus offense throughout the game. 

After the contest, Badger football coach Michael Gilpin mentioned the Badgers played a good football team, with one of the best coaches in the state, but missed opportunities hurt the squad. 

“Our boys played hard, they gave everything they had,” Gilpin said after the loss. “We had opportunities early on that we did not take advantage of and we talked about when you get opportunities against a good team, you got to cash them in or you find yourself in a hole.” 

Mingus would jump on top early with a field goal and later a long touchdown run by Juan Ruiz.

The Badgers would claw back helped by a strip-sack of Mingus quarterback, Trey Meyer, at midfield which would turn into a touchdown drive but only count for six as the extra point was missed. The score would occur with ten minutes left in the second quarter but the Badgers would not reach pay-dirt again until the about four minutes left in the final quarter as the team was outscored 38-0 during that time-period.

Gilpin took responsibility for the loss after the game blaming himself for having the players unprepared for battle on Friday night.

“When we win it’s the players and when you lose it’s the coaches,” Gilpin said. “Tonight it’s on us, we got to do a better job getting them prepared and that’s what we are going to do.”

As the Badgers enter their final regular season home game, they find themselves in a similar spot as Mingus this week. After a crushing loss on the road, the Badgers return home looking for vengeance against a Coconino team who lost to Bradshaw Mountain at home this week.

“We’re going to jump back and I can tell you…I wouldn’t want to be them,” Gilpin said. “I promise you, I promise you, we are going to come out and put it on their chin-I promise you that.”

The Badgers (4-3, 2-1 sectional) take on the Coconino Panthers (2-5, 1-2 sectional), who have lost three straight games, at 7pm on Friday at Prescott High School.  

Local Scores

Bagdad (w) vs. St. David (l) 80-56

Bradshaw Mountain (w) @ Coconino (l) 55-32 

Chino Valley (w) @ Kingman (l) 35-14

Mayer (w) @ Valley Lutheran (l) 72-34

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Torrence Dunham

Torrence Dunham "TD" is a multimedia journalist who graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.  Torrence is our PrescottValleyeNews.com Correspondent covering local news and events in Prescott Valley. He is also the lead sports correspondent and play-by-play pro for all our multimedia news sites. If he's not adding to his extensive sports bobble-head collection, he's talking baseball, his favorite. Follow him on Twitter: @Tadunham.