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.