For the first time since 2013, the Prescott Badgers beat the Mingus Marauders. The lopsided 55-13 score did not surprise anybody, since the Marauders were having their worst season in decades.
Jacob Police got Prescott going by picking off a pass by Mingus Quarterback Zach Harrison. Police returned the ball to the Marauder 36. Three plays later Nathan Wright scored the first touchdown on a 7 yard run. Clay Gross added the extra point, giving the Badgers a 7-0 lead, with 9:10 remaining in the opening quarter.
Mingus had protection issues for quarterback Zach Harrison, who was on the ground on almost every play. The first three drives netted a negative 9 yards for the Marauder offense, thanks to the rabid Badger D. Rhett Pearce led the charge, virtually living in the Mingus backfield.
The Marauders got their first highlight when Angelo Alvarez picked off a Dellin Boyd pass. That was it though, as Mingus went three and out to end that threat.
A short punt gave the Badgers the ball back at the 49. Dellin Boyd's 12 yard run increased the lead to 14-0.
The Badgers added two more TDs, and a pair of field goals in the second quarter. Dellin Boyd broke outside on a 29 yard score with 8:10 on the clock, and Sylas Espitia scored with 5:39 left, on a 3 yard run, and it was 28-0.
Prescott had to settle for a pair of Clay Gross field goals, the first from 29 yards out, and the second from 20, to give the Badgers a 34-0 lead at the half.
The second half opened up with fireworks as Colby Macbeth bolted down the Badger sideline for a 74 yard kick off return. Just like that it was 41-0.
After a pair of three and outs, Mingus got the ball back and Zach Harrison found just enough time to let one loose, hitting Peter Calandra in stride for a 67 yard score. Calandra came up with a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, returning it 36 yards and within in :10, Mingus had trimmed the Badgers lead to 41-13.
Prescott came back on their next drive, capped off by Dellin Boyd's accelerating speed, running through the Marauder defense for a 27 yard touchdown. Prescott led 48-13 with 7:02 left in the third quarter.
The Badger defense continued to put the hurt on Mingus quarterback Zach Harrison forcing another three and out. Cooper Wells scored on a 24 yard run with 5:10 left in the third to make it 55-13. That turned out to be the final score, as neither team scored in the final 17:10 as the game turned into a running clock.
Coach Cody Collett said, "That was a good game for us. Congrats to the senior class for being the first team since 2013 to beat Bradshaw and Mingus in the same season."
Nathan Wright said, "It was a good win for us." When asked about his more prominent role in the lineup, Wright said, "Since Sam (Giordan) went down I have been able to step up and get some more carries. Sam was such a good player for us. I am just trying to do whatever I can to help our team." In regards to the playoff game next week, "I am really looking forward to it."
Mingus ends their season at (0-6) in the Grand Canyon Region, and (0-10) overall.
The Badgers (5-1) in Grand Canyon Region, and (7-3) overall, will wait to see who and where they will be playing in the first round of the AIA Division 4 state playoffs. The AIA selection will show this morning. Check back to see the playoff pairings by noon today.
PRESCOTT BADGERS 55, MINGUS MARAUDERS 13
Score by Quarters - 1 2 3 4 - T
Prescott 14 20 21 0 - 55
Mingus 0 0 13 0 - 13
P-Wright 7 yard run (Gross kick)
P-Boyd 12 yard run (Gross kick)
P-Boyd 29 yard run (Gross kick)
P-Espitia 3 yard run (Gross kick)
P-Gross 29 yard Field Goal
P-Gross 20 yard Field Goal
P-Macbeth 74 yard kickoff return (Gross kick)
M-Calandra 67 yard pass from Harrison (Pass failed)
M-Calandra 36 yard fumble return (Bueno kick)
P-Boyd 27 yard run (Gross kick)
P-Wells 24 yard run (Gross kick)
Grand Canyon Region Standings
School - W-L W-L
Coconino 6-0 9-1
Prescott 5-1 7-3
Flagstaff 3-3 6-4
Bradshaw Mountain 3-3 5-5
Lee Williams 2-4 4-5
Mohave 2-4 3-7
Mingus 0-6 0-10
Northwest Christian Crusaders 54, Chino Valley Cougars 0
The Cougars could not find away to stop the Crusaders, who rolled to the win. Chino Valley lost their final seven, finishing the season at (0-5) in the 3A West Division and (2-9) overall.
Northwest Christian improves to (4-0) and (8-1). The #2 ranked Crusaders will most likely face the River Valley Dust Devils next Friday, for the first round of the AIA State Division playoffs.
Friday Night Scores
Antelope Union 37, Sedona Red Rock 8
Apache Junction 42, Combs 28
Arcadia 26, Marcos de Niza 20
Blue Ridge 19, Payson 16
Buckeye 38, Estrella Foothills 19
Cactus 20, Peoria 14
Centennial 50, Sunrise Mountain 0
Chaparral 36, Liberty 35
Coconino 13, Flagstaff 7
Deer Valley 28, Youngker 11
Desert Edge 44, Lake Havasu 20
Glendale 62, Dysart 34
Greenway 26, Moon Valley 0
Lee Williams 49, Mohave 7
McClintock 41, Cactus Shadows 22
Pinnacle 52, Boulder Creek 0
Poston Butte 48, Seton Catholic 42
Pueblo Magnet 25, Amphitheater 0
River Valley 32, Wickenburg 15
Saguaro 53, Mesquite 0
Sahuaro 25, Catalina Foothills 0
Salpointe Catholic 76, Vista Grande 0
Show Low 47, Holbrook 6
Snowflake 34, Winslow 6
South Mountain 53, Central 8
St. Mary's 22, Thunderbird 21, 2OT
Tempe 41, Shadow Mountain 14
Walden Grove 63, Palo Verde Magnet 8
Washington 41, Cortez 6
Yuma 34, Kofa 6
1A 8-Man Quarterfinals
Hayden 30, Salome 8
Mogollon 28, Bagdad 18
Superior 48, Fort Thomas 0
Williams 78, Arete Prep 8