The Prescott Badgers beat the Coconino Panthers 28-16 in a hard hitting contest at Prescott High School last night. It was a big win for the #20 ranked Badgers, who will surely benefit from beating the #7 Panthers, in the latest AIA Divison IV football poll. It also sets up a massive clash for first place next week in the Grand Canyon Region.
The hard hitting made an impact on the first play as Coconino fumbled the ball. Sam Giordan recovered the ball at the Panther 25, setting up the first score. Prescott quarterback Austin Clark weaved his way through the defense, and scored on a 10 yard run with 10:54 in the first quarter. Bryce Peters added the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
The Panthers soon found out that going up the middle on the ground was not working. So Coconino took the action to the outside and had success as Zach Bennett and Eli Deherrera gained positive yardage moving the ball into Badger territory.
On a fourth and two play at the Badgers 41, the Panthers fake punt got them the first down. One play later, Dawson Buckley ran 33 yards to the Prescott 8. Coconino would run into another fourth down at the Badger 5. This time quarterback Ty Furr threw a pass to Zach Bennett in the back of the end zone. Bennett juggled the ball, but held on to get the Panthers on the board with 3:50 in the first. A bobbled snap caused a frantic holder to attempt a pass that fell incomplete, leaving the Badgers with a 7-6 lead.
After positive yards rushing yards by Sam Giordan and Sylas Espitia, it was Ean Porter who plowed his way to paydirt from three yards out, giving the Badgers held a 14-6 lead.
The Badgers extended their lead to 21-6 with 5:22 to play in the half, when Austin Clark went under center on QB sneak from one yard out.
After forcing another Panther punt, Prescott got the ball back and was moving the ball yet again, when Clark went down in traffic. The Badger QB went off the field with a foot injury and did not return. Clark said, "It hurts a little right now, but I will be ready to play next week. It is nothing that will keep me out." Clark left the game with 42 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He completed his only pass for 25 yards.
Dellin Boyd came in as quarterback for the final first half possession. Prescott went to the locker room with a 21-6 lead.
Halftime Homecoming festivities included crowing the King Todd Cutter, and Queen McKynzie Hyslip.
The Clark-less Badgers took the second half kickoff, but the Coconino defense forcd a Badger punt. Clay Gross banged a 54 yard punt went into the end zone. After another exchange of possessions, it was Gross again that used his foot as a weapon pinning the Panthers with a 48 yard punt at the Coconino 8.
Neither team scored in the third, but after bad snap on a punt attempt, the Badgers were in business at the Coconino 21. Two plays later, backup QB Dellin Boyd called his own number, and scampered 17 yards for a 28-6 lead with 11:17 left in the game.
The Badgers gave the Panthers new life with a pair of fumbles in the final ten minutes, but rose to the occasion when they had to.
Prescott fumbled the ball to Coconino at midfield with 9:26 to play. After a pair of penalties by the Panthers Ty Furr hit Josh Monke on a huge 73 yard pass play. Jacob Police temporarily kept the Panthers out of the end zone by racing to tackle Monkee at the Badger two yard line. Dehererra punched it in on a fourth and goal play, and with the two point conversion, Coconino trailed 28-14 with 7:34 left.
The Panthers recovered another Prescott fumble near midfield. Coconino went to a hurry up offense to move the ball to the Badger 9. Zach Bennett rolled right trying to stretch the ball past the goal line, but the ball was fumbled and the Badger Colton Amos recovered the ball at the one yard line with 3:44 left. On the very next play, the Panthers picked up two points on a safety to trim the Badger lead to 28-16 with 3:37 to left. More importantly it gave Coconino the ball back with three timeouts still to work with.
Coconino pushed the ball to the Badger 15 on a pass from Furr to Kyle Casados on another 4th and 10 play with 2:55 remaining. The Badgers defense stood up, and after Aaron Greene sacked Zach Bennett with under two minutes to play, Coconino was forced to use a timeout and yet another fourth down play. The final threat by the Panthers came to an end as Barrett was pressured and his pass attempt fell incomplete with 1:14 left. Prescott took a couple knees as the final seconds ticked off the clock.
Prescott Coach Cody Collett said, "Our whole defensive staff did a great job in preparation for this game. I was impressed with Dellin Boyd. He is a heady kid to come in and play QB for us like he did."
Sylas Espitia led the Badgers on the ground with 63 yards on 13 carriers. Sam Giordan finished with 59 yards. Dellin Boyd, at quarterback rushed for 39 yards, and Ean Porter had 36 yards. Aaron Greene had a reception for 25 yards, and Brayden Nelson also caught a pass for 5 yards. On defense, Colton Amos had 9 tackles and 12 assists.
Prescott (4-2) will make the short trip to Prescott Valley next Friday, as the Badgers will face rival Bradshaw Mountain. Kickoff is at 7pm. Coconino will host Mohave.
Score by Quarters - 1 2 3 4 - T
Coconino 6 0 0 10 - 16
Prescott 7 14 0 7 - 28
P-Clark 10 yard run (Peters kick)
C-Bennett 5 yard pass from Furr (Pass failed)
P-Porter 3 yard run (Peters kick)
P-Clark 1 yard run (Peters kick)
P-Boyd 17 yard run (Peters kick)
C-Deherrera 2 yard run (Casados pass from Furr)
Grand Canyon Region Standings
School W-L W-L
Bradshaw Mountain 3-0 7-0
Prescott 2-0 4-2
Mingus 2-1 5-2
Coconino 1-2 4-2
Flagstaff 1-2 2-4
Mohave 0-2 2-4
Lee Williams 0-2 2-4
Grand Canyon Region Scores
Prescott 21, Coconino 6
Bradshaw Mountain 42, Flagstaff 7
Mingus 41, Mohave 20
AIA Division IV Football Rankings (as of September 26)
1 Salpointe Catholic 5-0
2 BRADSHAW MOUNTAIN 6-0
3 Glendale 5-0
4 Douglas 5-0
5 Saguaro 5-1
6 Cactus 4-1
7 Coconino 4-1
8 Desert Edge 4-2
9 Canyon del Oro 4-1
10 Arcadia 5-1
11 Greenway 4-1
12 Seton Catholic 4-1
13 Walden Grove 3-2
14 Peoria 4-1
15 Sahuaro 5-1
16 Casa Grande 4-1
17 Mingus 4-2
18 Gila Ridge 3-2
19 Mesquite 3-3
20 PRESCOTT 3-2
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS SCOREBOARD
Kingman Academy 21, Chino Valley 12
Salome 28, Bagdad 26
Betty Fairfax 40, Carl Hayden 7
Boulder Creek 47, Chaparral 44
Cactus 29, Deer Valley 14
Campo Verde 38, Maricopa 12
Canyon del Oro 33, Catalina Foothills 21
Casa Grande 48, Vista Grande 6
Casteel 56, Higley 24
Central 44, Camelback 12
Chandler 45, Perry 34
Combs 28, Dysart 21
Desert Vista 23, Desert Ridge 7
Glendale 54, Cortez 7
Gila Ridge 27, Lake Havasu 6
Greenway 28, Shadow Mountain 0
Liberty 56, Mountain Ridge 20
Mesa 56, Dobson 13
Mesquite 28, Arcadia 8
Millennium 49, Barry Goldwater 3
Mountain Pointe 48, Highland 27
Mountain View 53, Westwood 3
Paradise Valley 28, Desert Mountain 20
Peoria 35, Poston Butte 14
Pinnacle 52, Sandra Day O'Connor 23
Saguaro 38, Desert Edge 21
Salpointe Catholic 28, Sahuaro 12
Shadow Ridge 42, Maryvale 0
South Mountain 51, Sierra Linda 12
Sunnyslope 56, Raymond Kellis 34
Tempe 22, St. Mary's 21
Thunderbird 29, Moon Valley 25
Walden Grove 58, Rio Rico 0
Williams 66, Fredonia 6
Williams Field 20, Gilbert 14
Yuma 20, Buckeye 13