Prescott head coach Michael Gilpin said in his post game comments, "The good thing is that these mistakes are all fixable," and he is right. A crazy amount of penalties hurt the Prescott Badgers all night in a 40-17 loss to the Desert Edge Scorpions.
One critical point came in the first quarter, in what appreared to be an amazing play by Badger quarterback Austin Clark. A bobbled snap led Clark scambling for his life in his own end zone. Wide receiver Jovanni Ruiz came back towards the play, then broke back the other way as Clark threw the ball just prior to falling out of the endzone. Ruiz caught the pass and weaved his way to the Scorpions 2 yard line. The home crowd went crazy. This was what the Badgers needed, a big play. Moments later as some confusion on the field took place, the 83 yard play was called back. The reason, an inadvertant whistle by one official. Just like that, the momentum was gone.
Desert Edge got the ball back and went down to score their first TD of the night, as Nasir Sims, 6-3, 285 lbs. blasted his way in from one yard out with 9:05 to play in the first quarter. Leading 6-0, the Scorpions added another touchdown when freshman quarterback Adryan Lara hit Jihad Marks on a 19 yard strike. Another missed extra point kick attempt kept the score at 12-0.
The Badgers had their scoring moments in the second quarter. It started on the first play, as Austin Clark scampered for a 10 yard score. A solid PAT by Bryce Peters, cut the deficit to 12-7. Milton Rogers bolted past the Badger 'D' with 7;41 to play in quater two for a 18-7 lead. Rogers finished with 30 carries and 186 yards. Prescott answered at the 5:29 mark, when Sam Giordan broke through a hole for an 11 yard run to get the Badgers within four, at 18-14.
The only points in the third quarter came with :12 remaining, as Desert Edge managed a safety as Austin Clark was caught in the end zone after the Badgers defense recovered a Scorpion fumble.
Prescott coach Michael Gilpin said, "We had to many mistakes. This team will take what we did tonight and grow from it. They (Desert Edge),were just the bigger, stronger team tonight".
The Badgers (0-1) will travel to Oro Valley, near Tucson, next week to face Canyon Del Oro, who lost to Flowing Wells 38-37 last night. Game time is 7pm.
DESERT EDGE SCORPIONS 40, PRESCOTT BADGERS 17
Score by Quarters - 1 2 3 4 - T
Desert Edge 12 14 2 12 - 40
Prescott 0 17 0 0 - 17
DE- Sims 3 yard run (Kick failed)
DE- Marks 19 yard pass from Lara (Kick failed)
P- Clark 10 yard run (Peters kick)
DE- Rogers 13 yard run (Run failed)
P- Giordan 11 yard run (Peters kick)
P- Peters 40 yard FG
DE- McKaney 51 yard pass from Lara (Run failed)
DE- Marks 20 yard pass from Lara (Pass incomplete)
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS SCOREBOARD
Bradshaw Mountain 20, Estrella Foothills 13
Bagdad 66, Elfrida Valley Union 0
Superior 50, Mayer 0
Alchesay 60, Globe 14
Basha 54, North 0
Blue Ridge 28, Winslow 0
Cactus Shadows 42, Carl Hayden 0
Campo Verde 37, Sunnyside 0
Casa Grande 49, Palo Verde 0
Coolidge 30, Bourgade Catholic 10
Higley 48, Paraclete (CA) 47
Kingman 58, Pinon 14
Lake Havasu 34, Lee Williams 14
Liberty 7, Brophy Prep 0
Mingus 53, Combs 14
Nogales 14, Cholla 0
Notre Dame Prep 41, Betty Fairfax 32
Queen Creek 61, Westwood 0
Page 28, Payson 20
Pusch Ridge 48, Rio Rico 12
Ray 24, Duncan 0
Sahuaro 56, Vista Grande 13
Sandra Day O'Connor 52, Mesa 6
Scottsdale Christian 48, Gilbert Christian 6
Shadow Mountain 27, North Canyon 14
Skyline 47, Mountain Ridge 7
Snowflake 22, Safford 7
St. John's 54, Tempe Prep 12
Sunrise Mountain 42, Central 8
Tucson 63, Maryvale 16
Verrado 23, South Mountain 9
Willow Canyon 51, Camelback 0