Photo: 21 Adam Lloyd rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns
Northwest Christian at Prescott
Northwest Christian senior quarterback Evan Tarasenko threw for five touchdown passes in a 48-24 win over the Prescott Badgers on Bill Shepard Field. It was the second consecutive home setback for the Badgers, who drop to (1-2) on the season.
The visitors came prepared, with a good crowd, along with their band to watch the Northwest Christian Crusader team remain undefeated at (3-0).
The Crusaders struck first less than a minute into the game when Tarasenko showed off the strength and accuracy of his arm when he hit wide receiver Gunnar Penzkover in stride for an 80 yard scoring strike. Cameron Main added the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
Photo: 1 Uriah Tenette being chased after the reception by 5 Anthony Gonzales
Trailing by 22 to start the third quarter, Prescott went to the ground game with Adam Lloyd, and it paid off big time. Lloyd rushed for a pair of touchdowns, exploding up the middle for 72 yards. After the Badgers scored to cut the deficit to 28-12, a perfectly placed onside kick by Johann Gundermann was recovered in front of the Prescott bench by Jaxon Rice. Then it was Lloyd again, this time 17 yards through the middle to get the Badgers to within 28-18.
Photo: 3 Costa Contreras pulls down 6 Marshall Gillette
The Crusaders responded with a six yard run by Marshall Gillette. A bad snap on the Pat attempt kept the score at 34-18 with 10:21 left in the third quarter, making three total touchdowns in less than two minutes.
Prescott came up short on their next possession, turning the ball over on downs, which Northwest Christian took advantage of when Tarasenko connected with Muscari for a 14 yard score to push the lead back to 41-18 with five minutes left in the third.
Photo: 30 Cody Reyes goes after quarterback 2 Evan Tarasenko
Two consecutive possessions the Badgers got called for holding that cost them big plays, both runs around the left end by Gundermann, the first costing a sixty yard touchdown run.
Photo: 28 Jed Rummage gets tackled after his catch by 5 Anthony Gonzales
Despite giving up 48 points, there were times when the Badger “D” stepped up to stop the well oiled offensive machine of Northwest Christian, but those times were fewer than what the home team needed.
Early in the fourth, Tenette ran for a 58 yard score, but once again the two point conversion failed, and it was 41-24. The Crusaders added one more score on Tarsenko’s fifth TD pass. The senior QB was 19-26-0, 324 yards. Josiah Huisman picked off a Rice pass in the final minute to close out the game. Ben Lueders led the visitors in rushing with 92 yards on 18 carries. Gillette led with 11 receptions for 80 yards and Penzkover had four catches for 172 yards, and two touchdowns apiece. Northwest Christian led 457 to 447 in total yards.
The Badgers had 317 yards of rushing led by Lloyd with 172, and Tenette with 100, along with two touchdowns each. Passing, Rice was 10-21-2 118 yards, and Tenette 3-5-0 12 yards. Gundermann caught five passes for 24 yards, with Tenette pulling in a pair for 69 yards. Seniors, Isaac Muffley and Jed Rummage also had two receptions.
Prescott will play the first of three straight road games next Friday when they travel to face the Vista Grande Spartans, who are 3-0 on the season.
NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN CRUSADERS 48, PRESCOTT BADGERS 24
Score by Quarters- 1 2 3 4 – T
Northwest Christian 7 21 13 7 – 48
Prescott 0 6 12 6 – 24
NC-Penzkover 80 yard pass from Tarasenko (Main kick)
P-Tenette 9 yard run (Run failed)
NC-Gillette 2 yard pass from Tarasenko (Main kick)
NC-Muscari 34 yard pass from Tarasenko (Main kick)
NC-Gillette 26 yard pass interception return (Main kick)
P-Lloyd 72 yard run(Run failed)
P-Lloyd 17 yard run (Run failed)
NC-Gillette 15 yard run (Bad snap)
NC-Muscari 14 yard pass from Tarasenko (Main kick)
P-Tenette 58 yard run (Run failed)
NC-Penzkovar pass from Tarasenko (Main kick)
Bradshaw Mountain at Moon Valley
The Bradshaw Mountain Bears rebounded from a lopsided loss at home last week with a 38-6 victory on the road over the Moon Valley Rockets in Phoenix.
The Bears dominated the first half to build a 31-0 advantage heading into halftime. Moon Valley was held to only 90 yards rushing. Coleman Carlson led the ground game with 70 yards on 12 carries, along with their only touchdown. Rockets quarterback Damion Miller-Coleman completed six of thirteen for 123 yards, but had three interceptions.
The Bears improved to (2-1) and will host St. Mary’s who beat North 32-21
Moon Valley drops to (1-2) and will travel to Kingman to face Lee Williams. Both games are on Friday at 7 pm.
BRADSHAW MOUNTAIN BEARS 38, MOON VALLEY ROCKETS 6
Score by Quarters- 1 2 3 4 – T
Bradshaw Mountain 14 17 7 0 – 38
Moon Valley 0 0 0 6 – 6
BM-Ricketts 1 yard run (Head kick)
BM-Munday 22 yard run (Head kick)
BM-Munday 37 yard run (Head kick)
BM-Ricketts 68 yard run (Head kick)
MV-Carlson 19 yard run (Run failed)
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS SCOREBOARD
Agua Fria 26, North Canyon 14
ALA-Ironwood 27, Sierra Linda 20, OT
ALA-Queen Creek 49, ALA-Gilbert North 28
ALA-West Foothills 28, Peoria 14
Apollo 34, Thunderbird 13
Arcadia 31, Benjamin Franklin 14
Arizona College Prep 21, Estrella Foothills 14
Arizona Lutheran 56, Camp Verde 36
Bagdad 27, Williams 12
Barry Goldwater 41, Apache Junction 40
Buckeye Union 49, Glendale 29
Campo Verde 30, Poston Butte 6
Canyon Del Oro 50, Desert View 20
Coconino 42, Payson 3
Coolidge 36, Combs 14
Copper canyon 21, Desert Sunrise 17
Eastmark 41, Mesquite 20
Gilbert Christian 44, Kingman 0
Lee Williams 43, Wickenburg 0
Maryvale 35, Chino Valley 31
Mica Mountain 49, Sabino 7
Mingus 28, Blue Ridge 27
Mohave 42, Lake Havasu 0
Rio Rico 39, Nogales 0
Snowflake 55, Show Low 17
Vista Grande 43, Crismon 0
Winslow 14, Flagstaff 13
Youngker 50, Odyssey Institute 15
Yuma Catholic 14, Palma (Salinas, CA) 0
Central 41, Dobson 14
Greenway 32, Deer Valley 0
Mogollon 66, Mayer 0
Valley Christian 44, Seton Catholic Prep 7
Washington 43, Bourgade Catholic 2
Westview 14, La Joya Community 10