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Badgers Get Stung On Opening Night 40-17

18 August 2018  
23 Sam Giordan breaks through the Desert Edge line on his way for the second Badger touchdown. Photo by Ron Williams

Prescott penalties plus a bad break help account for loss to Desert Edge

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.

Jihad Marks returned the favor, quickly, as he returned the kickoff 87 yards down the center of the field, for a 26-14 lead. The Badgers got one final scoring attempt of the half, and it came on an impressive 40 yard field goal by Bryce Peters. The teams went to halftime, with Prescott down 26-17.

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.
Desert Edge added two more touchdowns in the final quarter. The first one came with 11:49 to play on a 51 yard pass play from Adyran Lara to Keith McKaney. The other came with 7:46 to play on a 20 yard strike from Lara to Jihad Marks. Lara went 5-16 for 90 yards with two touchdowns, in his varsity debut.

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.

Score by Quarters - 1    2    3    4  -  T
Desert Edge           12  14    2  12  - 40
Prescott                   0   17    0    0  - 17
Scoring Summary
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- Marks 87 yard kickoff return (Rogers run)
DE- Safety
DE- McKaney 51 yard pass from Lara (Run failed)
DE- Marks 20 yard pass from Lara (Pass incomplete)

Bradshaw Mountain 20, Estrella Foothills 13
Bagdad 66, Elfrida Valley Union 0
Superior 50, Mayer 0
Alchesay 60, Globe 14 
Apache Junction 28, Royal (Simi Valley, CA) 7
Apollo 48, Desert Mountain 41
Arcadia 49, Coronado 0
Basha 54, North 0
Blue Ridge 28, Winslow 0
Brawley (CA) 27, Gila Ridge 20
Buckeye 51, Amphitheater 7
Cactus Shadows 42, Carl Hayden 0
Campo Verde 37, Sunnyside 0
Casa Grande 49, Palo Verde 0
Casteel 42, Centennial 19
Catalina Foothills 28, Sierra Vista Buena 17
Cesar Chavez 40, East (Alaska) 14
Coolidge 30, Bourgade Catholic 10
Centennial (Corona, CA) 35, Chandler 13
Desert Vista 42, Palm Springs (CA) 14
Flowing Wells 38, Canyon Del Oro 37
Highland 45, Alhambra 7
Higley 48, Paraclete (CA) 47
Horizon 42, Marana 36
Imperial (CA) 29, Yuma Cibola 18
Kingman 58, Pinon 14
Lake Havasu 34, Lee Williams 14
Liberty 7, Brophy Prep 0
Maricopa 38, McClintock 21
Mesa Red Mountain 24, Desert Ridge 6
Mingus 53, Combs 14
Morenci 14, Thatcher 5
Mountain View Mesa 49, Corona del Sol 14
Nogales 14, Cholla 0
Norco (CA) 49, Williams Field 21
Northwest Christian 63, Fountain Hills 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
Round Valley 21, Show Low 14
Saguaro 48, Poston Butte 3
Sahuaro 56, Vista Grande 13
Sandra Day O'Connor 52, Mesa 6
Scottsdale Christian 48, Gilbert Christian 6
Shadow Mountain 27, North Canyon 14
Sierra Linda 27, Rincon 19
Skyline 47, Mountain Ridge 7
Snowflake 22, Safford 7
St. John's 54, Tempe Prep 12
Sunrise Mountain 42, Central 8
Trevor Browne 60, Kofa 32
Trivium Prep 54, Glendale Prep 6
Tucson 63, Maryvale 16
Verrado 23, South Mountain 9
Veritas Prep 34, ASU Prep 0
Willow Canyon 51, Camelback 0
Ron Williams

Ron Williams is the advisor, broadcaster, and sportswriter for the BBN, Badger Broadcasting Network. The BBN is a community club for high school students enrolled in the Prescott Unified School District.





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