In what turned out to be a wild night in the NAU Walkup Skydome, the Prescott Badgers won an overtime thriller, 27-24 over the Flagstaff Eagles.
The Badgers took the opening kickoff and moved the ball down the field, but eventually ended up with nothing to show for it. The first drive consumed 6:10 on the game clock, but ended on an Austin Clark fumble, as he tried to get to the goal line. Flagstaff recovered the loose ball at their own two yard line.
The Eagles proceeded to go 98 yards to take a 7-0 lead with 3:47 in quarter number one, when quarterback Henry Tagle hit Luis Jaramillo on a 38 yard swing pass. Oscar Castruita added the extra point.
After an exchange of possessions, the Badgers took over at their own 39 with :52 left in the opening quarter. Prescott had to settle for a 29 yard Bryce Peters field goal, and the Badgers trailed 7-3 with 9:51 remaining in the second quarter.
Flagstaff answered with a 73 yard drive, capped off on a 46 yard breakaway run by Luis Jaramillo to lead 14-3.
Prescott chose to go to the air and had great success doing it. Pass plays to Aaron Greene netted 21 yards, followed by a 15 pass out of the backfield to Ian Porter.
The Badgers mixed in a few Austin Clark runs, before Clark hit Dellin Boyd in stride on the near sideline for a 28 yard Badger touchdown. Peters added the PAT to make the score 14-10.
The Badgers held Flagstaff to a three and out, setting up a final drive with 3:22 to play in the first half. The Badgers settled for another Bryce Peters field goal, this time from 26 yards, to cut the deficit to 14-13 at the half.
Aiden Rooney pinned the Eagles at their own 11 yard line on great kick coverage to start the second half. Flagstaff was finally stopped at midfield. Hunter Kronberg had a nice punt return to midfield, giving the Badgers the ball for the first time in the second half with 6:48 on the clock.
Flagstaff held Prescott at the Eagle 34. The Badgers elected to send Clay Gross out for a 51 yard field goal attempt, but first a Prescott timeout. Gross slipped on the attempt that fell short.
Josh Morrow was the primary tool for the Eagles as he rushed and caught a pass to move into Badger territory. The came Luis Jaramillo who bulled his way through numerous Badger defenders to get to the Prescott two.Morrow was stood up by Dylan Davis for a three yard loss to the five. Tagle rolled to his right to hit Morrow for the touchdown, extending the Flagstaff lead to 21-13 with :31 remaining in the third quarter.
Two plays into the Badger drive, Gabe Baca recovered a fumble at the Prescott 41, as the third quarter ended. Flagstaff got to the Badger 18, before back to back sacks forced the Eagles to try a 49 yard field goal. The Badgers blocked the punt, and Hunter Kronberg picked up the ball and ran 39 yards for the touchdown. Austin Clark scampered in for the two point conversion to tie the game at 21, with 7:34 left in the game.
On a first play from scrimmage, an Austin Clark pass went (ever so slightly) backwards, allowing the Eagles to pounce on the ball at the Badger 23, with 3:44 left. The Prescott defense stepped up, and held their ground. With the ball at the Badgers 21 and 2:04 to play, Flagstaff's Oscar Castruita put a 37 yard field goal through the uprights giving the Eagles a 24-21 lead.
The Badgers took the ball at their own 20 with 1:58 to play. Austin Clark threaded the needle to Aaron Greene at the 38 yard line, with 1:42 left. Greene went down hard on the play, resulting in a timeout. Clark used his legs on the next two plays to get the ball to the Flagstaff 39, with :59 left. The Badgers used their second timeout after a pair of pass plays. Prescott, due to lack of time, settled on a game tying field goal attempt. Bryce Peters calmly connected on a 25 yard field goal to tie the game at 24 with :04 left. Peter's went down on the play, as the Eagles pressure resulted in a roughing the kicker penalty.
In high school overtime, each team gets the ball at the opponents 10 yard line. Flagstaff took the ball first and did not have the ball long. Rhett Pearce intercepted the Eagle pass on the first play, giving the ball to the Badgers. After three plays it was up to the other Badger kicker Clay Gross, who came into kick since Peters' was still suffering the affects of the roughing penalty a few minutes earlier. Gross kicked the 26 yard field goal for the game winner, bringing the Badger team and fans instant jubilation. Gross said after the winning kick, "I was a little stressed after the first attempt, but I just zoned out everything around me, and did what I had to do."
Aaron Greene who played well on both sides of the ball said, "The defense really buckled down in second half, especially the linebackers, which picked us all up." Quarterback Austin Clark, after his seven touchdown runs a week ago, still ran for 204 yards with but no TDs. He did have his best night of the season so far through the air, throwing for 98 yards and one touchdown. Clark has 844 yards rushing through four games with 11 touchdowns.
Prescott (3-1) will travel south once again to the Tucson area next Friday, to play Canyon del Oro (3-1). The first game was postponed because of a monsoon storm. Both teams have won three games in a row after dropping the season opener. Game time is at 7pm.
Score by Quarters - 1 2 3 4 OT - T
Prescott 0 13 0 11 3 - 27
Flagstaff 7 7 7 3 0 - 24
F-Jaramillo 38 yard pass from Tagle (Castruita kick)
P-Peters 29 yard FG
F-Jaramillo 46 yard run (Castruita kick)
P-Boyd 28 yard pass from Clark (Peters kick)
P-Peters 26 yard FG
F-Morrow 5 yard pass from Tagle (Castruita kick)
P-Peters 25 yard FG
P-Gross 26 yard FG
School W-L W-L
Bradshaw Mountain 1-0 5-0
Coconino 1-0 4-0
Prescott 1-0 3-1
Mohave 0-0 2-2
Mingus 0-1 3-2
Flagstaff 0-1 1-3
Lee Williams 0-1 2-3
Grand Canyon Region Scores
Prescott 27, Flagstaff 24, OT
Bradshaw Mountain 44, Lee Williams 14
Coconino 42, Mingus 40
Mohave 41, Dysart 26
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS SCOREBOARD
Chino Valley 26, Arizona College Prep 7
Salome 46, Mayer 6
Casteel 63, Raymond Kellis 7
Desert Edge 40, Poston Butte 7
Fountain Hills 23, Wickenburg 20
La Joya 48, Alhambra 0
Lake Havasu 28, Moon Valley 14
Maricopa 55, Central 0
Mesquite 54, Buckeye 3
Sabino 14, Blue Ridge 7
Seton Catholic 44, Combs 20
South Mountain 13, Cactus Shadows 6
St. Mary's 53, Cortez 0
Sunrise Mountain 74, Gilbert 57
Superior 60, Phoenix School for the Deaf 0
Williams 71, Joseph City 14
Williams Field 33, Marana 14