After a huge win at Bradshaw Mountain last week, the Prescott Badgers showed no sign of a letdown, as the Badgers ran all over the Mohave Thunderbirds 44-27 Friday night at Bullhead City.
The Badgers took the opening kickoff and ran, ran ,ran, there way to an early lead, and I do mean run. Prescott rushed 49 times for 539 yards and six touchdowns. The Badgers threw only three times in the 48 minutes of play.
Quarterback Austin Clark started things off with a pair of long runs. Ean Porter plowed his way for positive yardage to set up the first score. Clark picked up his 17th rushing touchdown on a three yard keeper. Bryce Peters added the extra point for a Badger 7-0 lead with 8:16 in the opening quarter.
Brent Moore, the Thunderbirds quarterback found trying to run on the Badger defense a challenge. Leading tackler, Colton Amos, 117 tackles coming into this game, proved his value once again by hitting double digits in tackles, leading the defensive charge from the get go. Prescott forced a three and out, Prescott took over at the Mohave 48.
A holding penalty cost the Badgers temporarily, as Jovanni Ruiz on his first play back from missing five weeks due to an injury, returned what appeared to be 52 yard touchdown return. So backed up 10 yards by the penalty, the Badgers went back to work on offense. Highlighted this time on the ground by Sam Giordan and Ean Porter, the Badgers went down the field, with Porter cashing in on the second Badger TD.
The Thunderbirds had limited success moving the ball into Badger territory, but turned the ball over on downs to Prescott.
In the second quarter, the Badgers had a temporary setback on another holding call. Sylas Espitia had his first rushing TD of the season, but not so fast my friend, as the penalty negated that. The Badgers did go up 17-0, with 11:09 left in the second quarter, on a 27 yard Bryce Peters field goal. It was Peters 11th field goal of the season, which is tops in the state of Arizona.
Once again the Thunderbird offense struggled against the Prescott "D". A roughing the punter penalty allowed Mohave to keep the ball. After the drive stalled again, a Christian Bay punt pinned the Badgers at their own 3 yard line.
Austin Clark who ended the first half with nearly 100 yards on the ground, picked up a 44 yard run to get near midfield. The drive was capped off by Nate Koehler's first rushing touchdown, on a 2 yard run, with 4:44 in the first half.
Trailing 24-0, the Thunderbirds attempted another drive. William Robizine was able to run the ball up to midfield with 3:10 in the half. QB Brent Moore ran down the left side to the Badger 20. Moore would call his own number get the Thunderbirds on the board with 2:15 left in the second quarter. Adrian Silvestre added the 7th point, to cut the Badger lead to 24-7.
Prescott punter Clay Gross saw his first action with a minute on the clock. Mohave attempted to get another score, but Dellin Boyd picked off a Brent Moore pass at midfield. The teams went to halftime with the Badgers leading 24-7.
Mohave took the second half kickoff and seemed determined to score again. The Thunderbirds scored on a third and four play, when Brent Moore hit Nolan Beck from the Prescott 23 with 7:20 on the third quarter clock, trimming the Badger lead to 24-14.
Prescott answered with a touchdown drive on their first possession of the second half. The offensive line created some holes to help Ean Porter gain some positive yards to midfield. Clark hit Aaron Greene on a pass play to the Mohave 38. A personal foul penalty moved the ball to the Thunderbird 23. Austin Clark finished things off with a 13 yard run with 5:13 left in the third, giving the Badgers a 31-14 lead.
After Mohave failed to move the ball, the Badgers were pinned down at their own 9 yard line, thanks to a great punt by Christian Bay. The poor field position did not last long as Austin Clark took the balk 91 yards on just three plays. Clark ran the ball to midfield, then again he ran the ball for 45 yards to the Thunderbird 5. Clark finished it off with hs thrd TD of the night, 19th rushing touchdown of the season, to boist the Badger lead to 38-14 with 3:50 in the third.
In the final play of the third quarter, it appeared that the Badgers recovered a Thunderbird fumble at the Prescott 25. After a lengthy delay to start the fourth quarter by the officials to discuss who had the football, the Thunderbirds were awarded the ball at the Badger 25. Quarterback Brent Moore picked up his second touchdown of the night to cut the deficit to 38-21, on an 6 yard run with 9:48 left in the game.
The Badgers were not done offensively yet. Sam Giordan put his mark on the scoreboard with a 23 yard dash to extend the Prescott lead to 44-21 with just 8:31 to play.
Mohave refused to give up as QB Brent Moore hit Atom McKay on a 40 yard pass play to the Badger 15. On fourth down Moore fired a pass to Nolan Beck on a 14 yard play to cut the Badger lead to 44-27 with 5:05 to play.
The Thunderbirds picked up the lone Badger turnover with three plus minutes left on a bad snap to Austin Clark. Mohave moved the ball to the Prescott 46 as time ran out.
Austin Clark, who ranks 5th in the state with 1497 rushing yards, led the Badgers with 312 yards on the ground and 3 touchdowns. Ean Porter and Sam Giordan each ran for a touchdown, with Porter gaining 85 yards, and Giordan with 51. Nate Koehler also had a touchdown. Sylas Espitia rushed for 74 yards on 7 carries. On the defensive side, Colton Amos was impressive as usual, with 21 tackles. Dylan Davis was in on 13. Mohave was led in rushing by quarterback Brent Moore's 131 yards plus two rouchdowns, and William Robizine who ran for 118. Moore completed 5 of 15 for 129 yards and 2 touchdowns, with one intereception.
The Grand Canyon Region leading Badgers (4-0) in region, (6-2) overall, will host Lee Williams next Friday at 7pm. Mohave (0-4) in region, and (2-6) overall, will travel to face the Bradshaw Mountain Bears.
PRESCOTT BADGERS 44, MOHAVE THUNDERBIRDS 27
Score by Quarters - 1 2 3 4 - T
Prescott 14 10 14 6 - 44
Mohave 0 7 7 13 - 27
P-Clark 3 yard run (Peters kick)
P-Porter 4 yard run (Peters kick)
P-Peters 27 yard Field Goal
P-Koehler 2yard run (Peters kick)
M-Moore 12 yard run (Silvestre kick)
M-Beck 23 yard pass from Moore (Silvestre kick)
P-Clark 13 yard run (Peters kick)
P-Clark 5 yard run (Peters kick)
M-Moore 6 yard run (Silvestre kick)
P-Giordan 23 yard run (Kick failed)
M-Beck 14 yard pass from Moore (Run failed)
GRAND CANYON REGION
School W-L W-L
PRESCOTT 4-0 6-2
Mingus 3-1 6-2
Bradshaw Mountain 3-2 7-2
Coconino 3-2 6-2
Flagstaff 2-2 3-5
Lee Williams 0-4 2-6
Mohave 0-4 2-6
Grand Canyon Region Scoreboard
PRESCOTT 44, Mohave 27
Mingus 28, Bradshaw Mountain 6
Coconino 34, Lee Williams 18
Seton Catholic 56, Flagstaff 26
AIA Division IV Rankings Top 20 (As of October 10)
1 Salpointe Catholic 7-0 11 PRESCOTT 5-2
2 Glendale 7-0 12 Peoria 6-1
3 Saguaro 7-1 13 Greenway 6-1
4 Bradshaw Mountain 7-1 14 Gila Ridge 5-2
5 Desert Edge 5-3 15 Casa Grande 5-2
6 Seton Catholic 6-1 16 Coconino 5-2
7 Sahuaro 6-2 17 Mesquite 5-3
8 Walden Grove 5-2 18 Mingus 5–2
9 Cactus 5-2 19 Arcadia 5-3
10 Canyon del Oro 5-2 20 Douglas 5-2
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS SCOREBOARD
Wickenburg 35, Chino Valley 14
Bagdad 64, Mayer 6
Alchesay 60, Greyhills Academy 8
Anthem Prep 89, San Pasqual 0
Apache Junction 63, Cortez 0
Apollo 50, Raymond Kellis 6
Barry Goldwater 40, Willow Canyon 3
Benson 74, Bisbee 14
Cactus 44, Lake Havasu 0
Catalina Foothills 14, Casa Grande 7
Centennial 42, Ironwood 0
Chandler 62, Basha 14
Cibola 59, Kofa 20
Cienega 44, Marana 28
Desert Vista 66, Boulder Creek 22
Douglas 38, Amphitheater 21
Dysart 56, Washington 22
Estrella Foothills 57, Yuma 25
Gila Ridge 38, Youngker 17
Gilbert Christian 44, Coronado 28
Glendale 49, Combs 14
Greenway 40, St. Mary's 20
Horizon 50, Cactus Shadows 0
Ironwood Ridge 29, Sunnyside 12
La Joya 35, Shadow Ridge 14
Millennium 35, Agua Fria 0
Mogollon 80, Joseph City 14
Monument Valley 34, Tuba City 6
Mountain Pointe 42, Chaparral 14
Mountain View 51, Rincon 0
Northpointe Prep 56, Sedona Red Rock 14
Northwest Christian 72, Kingman 6
Page 56, Ganado 6
Palo Verde 12, Rio Rico 7
Paradise Valley 32, McClintock 8
Peoria 41, Deer Valley 3
Perry 31, Brophy Prep 3
Pinnacle 34, Liberty 33
Pinon 62, Rock Point 28
Poston Butte 31, Marcos de Niza 15
River Valley 21, Kingman Academy 0
Salome 56, Mohave Accelerated 8
Salpointe Catholic 49, Canyon del Oro 6
Sandra Day O'Connor 37, Tucson 0
Scottsdale Christian 43, Santa Cruz Valley 40
Shadow Mountain 21, Moon Valley 13
Show Low 22, Payson 16
Sunrise Mountain 47, Sunnyslope 7
Superior 48, NFL Yet 6
Tempe 66, Thunderbird 49
Tempe Prep 29, San Carlos 18
Thatcher 48, St. Johns 6
Tolleson 14, Valley Vista 7
Tombstone 53, Santa Rita 27
Tonapah Valley 30, Camp Verde 8
Valley Union 44, St. David 38
Verrado 41, Independence 15
Walden Grove 28, Pueblo 20
Westview 56, Copper Canyon 0
Willcox 44, Miami 0
Williams 40, Winkleman Hayden 20