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Badgers Ground Skyhawks 56-7

08 September 2018  
12 Austin Clark breaks through the line with help by 71 Dominique Seibert and 79 Cade Schroeder, on his way to one of his 7 touchdowns on the night. Photo by Ron Williams

Austin Clark runs for 392 yards and a school record 7 touchdowns                                                                                         

The Prescott Badgers ran all over the Deer Valley Skyhawks 56-7, on Hall of Fame Night at Prescott High School.

The Badgers struck quick and often as the Prescott offensive line dominated the Skyhawk defense. Austin Clark was the star of the night with 392 rushing yards and a school record seven touchdowns, but his supporting cast is what set things up for him. Center Max Flores, guards Joseph Macalino and Dominique Siebert, and tackles Walker Kahn and Cade Schroeder had the Deer Valley defensive line on their heals through three quarters.

Prescott jumped on top 7-0 with 4:24 in the opening quarter, on an impressive 94 yard drive using 5:15 on the clock, capped off by the first of six straight Austin Clark touchdowns. The next touchdown came on a short field as Aaron Greene blocked a punt setting up two play drive from 25 yards out, with Clark doing the honors on a 10 yard run. Bryce Peters once again added the PAT and the Badgers led 14-0, with just under two minutes left in the quarter.

After a brief Deer Valley possession, Clark went off tackle for a 63 yard TD run, and the Prescott lead grew to 21-0 at the 9:46 mark in the second quarter. Once again the Badger defense, behind defensive ends Trey Koehler and Aaron Greene, along with Dylan Davis, Robert Oldfield, and Nate Goligoski, got the ball back quickly for Prescott. The defense produced four sacks in the game, and a pair of fumble recoveries.

Once again a very quick drive after a fumble recovery by Robert Oldfield. It took just one play, as Clark went on a 46 yard touchdown run, giving the Bagders a 28-0 lead with 8:45 left in the first half. Clark added two more TD runs of 45 and 58 yards before the Skyhawks could get oin the board. Trailing 42-0, Deer Valley managed one big play that resulted in their only score. Quarterback Payton Hisey threw a 42 yard pass to Ja'wan Casteal with :42 left in the first half.

At halftime, the Prescott High School Hall of Fame inductees were announced. They are Nathan Howard-Soccer, John Middlemore- Basketball, Eric Folger- Varsity Football, and the 1990-91 Girl's Basektball Team. Members included Coach Tom Bunger along with players: Heidi Wilhelm, Brandy Frank, Carrie Kellie, Heather True, Tracy Rainwater, Deahna Thomas, Heather O'Connor, Paige Pickert, Nicki Onnen, Kristy Shelstad, and Maria Schoepner.

The second half was much of the same as Clark used the holes provided by the offensive line to pick up large gains. Sam Giordan and Ean Porter also benefitted. Porter punched in the first Badger touchdown not scored by Austin Clark. Porter blasted his way in to the end zone from 4 yards out. Clark capped off the final touchdown of the night when he went in from one yard out after running for 14 yards on the previous play. Clark said, "I just tried to focus on one play at a time. Our line was throwing people around left and right. I couldn't have done anything without their help." Just in case you were wondering, the Arizona High School single game rushing touchdown record is shared by two players. D.J. Foster scored 10 in 2011 for Saguaro, and 10 also by Vincent Alvarado of Seligman, in 2004.

There was no scoring in the final quarter as the teams played with a running clock, giving both benches some playing time.

The Badgers finished the night offensively with 553 yards on the ground, on 48 carries, an average of 11.5 yards per carry. Silas Espitia picked up 51 yards on 10 carries.

Deer Valley's big threat, division one prospect Dez Melton was kept out of the end zone but did manage 120 yards on 17 carries. Quarterbacks Trent Green and Payton Hisey combined for 136 yards passing, with Hisey throwing for the touchdown.

Prescott improves to (2-1), and will travel next Friday to face Flagstaff, in the NAU Walkup Skydome. Kickoff set for 7pm. Coach Cody Collett said, "We played really well. The kids and assistant coaches deserve all the credit tonight." Deer Valley drops to (0-3) on the season.

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Score by Quarters - 1   2   3   4 -  T
Deer Valley               0   7   0   0 -  7
Prescott                  14 28 14   0 - 56
Scoring Summary
P-Clark 15 yard run (Peters kick)   
P-Clark 10 yard run (Peters kick) 
P-Clark 63 yard run (Peters kick) 
P-Clark 46 yard run (Peters kick) 
P-Clark 45 yard run (Peters kick) 
P-Clark 58 yard run (Peters kick) 
DV-Castillo 42 yard pass from Hisey (Russell kick) 
P-Porter 84 yard run (Gross kick) 
P-Clark 1 yard run (Gross kick)
Grand Canyon Region Standings
School         Region W-L  Overall W-L
Bradshaw Mountain 0-0               4-0
Coconino                  0-0               3-0
Mingus                      0-0               3-1
Prescott                    0-0               2-1
Lee Williams             0-0               2-2
Flagstaff                    0-0               1-2
Mohave                     0-0               1-2 
Grand Canyon Region Scores
Bradshaw Mountain 42, Greenway 20
Coconino 56, Cortez 0
Seton Catholic 36, Mingus 26
Tempe 18, Flagstaff 10
Lee Williams 53, Kingman Academy 0
Peoria 52, Mohave 14
Chino Valley 42, Camp Verde 0
Agua Fria 36, Carl Hayden 7
Apache Junction 39, Vista Grande 33
Arcadia 55, St. Mary's 39
Basha 31, La Joya 13
Betty Fairfax 56, Raymond Kellis 6
Blue Ridge 35, Florence 22
Boulder Creek 35, Corona del Sol 22
Cactus 32, Estrella Foothills 19
Cactus Shadows 59, North Canyon 13
Campo Verde 17, Ironwood Ridge 13
Canyon del Oro 33, Pusch Ridge 7
Casa Grande 26, Walden Grove 28
Centennial 35, Cienega 0
Cesar Chavez 64, Mountain Ridge 3
Coolidge 21, Sahuarita 14, 2OT
Copper Canyon 42, Brophy Prep 6
Dysart 44, Poston Butte 36
Flowing Wells 40, Amphitheater 12
Fountain Hills 13, Payson 6
Gallup (NM) 46, Window Rock 0
Ganado 18, Holbrook 0
Gilbert 29, Barry Goldwater 6
Glendale 34, Thunderbird 21
Highland 31, Skyline 13
Horizon 42, Sunnyslope 28
Independence 54, Sierra Linda 14
Joseph City 45, Mayer 22
Kingman 46, Valley Lutheran 3
Liberty 21, Desert Ridge 14
McClintock 40, Central 18
Mesa 45, Trevor Browne 20
Mesquite 61, Combs 0
Millennium 24, Desert Edge 20
Moon Valley 49, Washington 27
Nogales 45, Rio Rico 0
Notre Dame Prep 63, Apollo 12
Odessa (TX) 63, Buckeye 7
Paradise Valley 31, Shadow Mountain 24
Perry 75, Sandra Day O'Connor 68
Pima 30, Alchesay 0
Pueblo 7, Cholla 0
Queen Creek 53, Mountain View 22
Red Mountain 60, Dobson 0
Sabino 21, Catalina Foothills 17
Shadow Ridge 35, Willow Canyon 18
Show Low 40, American Leadership Academy - Ironwood 6
Snowflake 50, Page 28
St. Johns 61, Globe 0
Superior 72, Arete Prep 15
Thatcher 28, Safford 20
Tucson 50, North 0
Tuba City 38, Hopi 8
Westwood 34, Cibola 26
Wickenburg 38, Paradise Honors 30
Williams 65, Bagdad 12
Williams Field 31, Verrado 6
Winslow 28, Chinle 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.