Austin Clark rushed for 252 yards and four touchdowns, plus completed 5-6, 56 yards, and a TD pass, to lead the Prescott Badgers to a 41-6 win over the Lee Williams Volunteers. The win by the Badgers, along with the Mingus win at Flagstaff, sets up a winner takes all match next Friday, in Prescott. Clark scored his 23rd rushing touchdown this season, passing former record holder Brady Mengarelli, who had 22 back in his senior season of 2012.
Prior to game time, USMC veteran and Prescott High School Alum Michael Martinez arrived via helicopter, which landed at midfield, to deliver the game ball. Throughout the game veterans were recognized.
In regards to this game, Badger quarterback Austin Clark and company wasted very little time in jumping on top 7-0 when Clark capped off an opening drive with a three yard run. Bryce Peters added the PAT.
The Lee Williams offense went off the field very quickly with a three and out, as did the Badgers on their second possession. A 42 yard punt by Clay Gross gave the ball back to the Volunteers with 6:36 left in the opening quarter.
The Badger defense once again frustrated the Lee Williams offense, pushing them back six yards on another three and out. Prescott took over at the Volunteer 48, and on the first play Austin Clark weaved his way down the far sideline with 5:10 to play to extend the lead to 14-0.
The Volunteers only score of the night came on their next possession. After a Badger off side penalty, Donnie Simms ran 26 yards to the Prescott 15. A questionable pass interference call set up the Volunteers at the Badger 3. The Prescott defense put a lot of pressure on Lee Williams quarterback Enzo Marino, who was dropped for losses on the two following plays, setting up a touchdown pass on third down. Andrew Herrera made a great over the shoulder catch and got his feet down just inside the pylon for the 15 yard score. The extra point attempt missed to the left, and the score remained 14-6 with 3:11 remaining in the first half.
The Badgers had a final opportunity in the first half and took advantage. Austin Clark picked up his third touchdown on a 1 yard run up the middle with :26 left. The drive included a great catch by Aaron Greene for 17 yards, getting the Badgers into the red zone.
After another great halftime performance by the Pride of Prescott Marching Band, it was back to business.
Lee Williams took the ball to start the second half, and found a bunch of feisty Badgers, as the defense behind Colton Amos, Sam Giordan, and Aaron Greene provided negative yardage plays to set up a 4th down at the Volunteer 12 The punt only traveled 15 yards as pressure by Aaron Greene forced a hurried kick.
The Prescott offense got the ball at Lee Williams 42 yard line, and quickly got back at it. Sam Giordan bolted through the center of the line for a 15 yard run to the 27. Then a momentary setback forced a challenging fourth down and four play. Clark hit Dellin Boyd for a first down to the Volunteers 20. Following a Clark run to the 9 yard line, it was Clark again going to the air. The QB rolled to his right and patiently waited for Aaron Greene to create some separation between him and the defender, then Clark placed the ball perfectly in Greene's arms for 10 yard touchdown. The score increased the Prescott lead to 27-6 with 3:19 left in the third quarter.
The Volunteers frustration continued to build as on their next possession, they were called for three straight penalties, and were forced to punt on 4th and 38 to go.
Prescott got the ball with great field position again near midfield. Clark took off again using his blockers for a 23 yard run to Lee Williams 28.
The Badgers extended their lead early in the fourth quarter as Austin Clark weaved his way for 35 yards and his fourth touchdown of the night, giving Prescott a 35-6 advantage.
The Badger defense held the Volunteers offense yet again, forcing their third straight punt. Prescott, using a short field, added a sixth touchdown on an 8 yard run by Ean Porter, to extend the lead to 41-6 with 7:07 to play.
Lee Williams was finally able to pick up a first down, but once again had to punt the ball back to Prescott with just over four minutes to play. The teams exchanged possessions as the game time ran out. Once again, the Badgers offensive line, Max Flores, Walker Cahn, Cade Schroeder, Jadon Rummage, Dominique Siebert, and tight end Trey Koehler, did an excellent job in creating holes and space for the ball carriers. Prescott rushed for 339 yards as a team and averaged 8.7 yards per carry. Defensively, Colton Amos continues to be a bloodhound for the ball, making 8 solo tackles, assisting on 12 more, plus a sack.
Coach Cody Collett said, "We had a little lull in the first half, but it was a good victory for us." In regards to next weeks game, "We want to pack this place next week."
The Badgers (5-0) in region, and (7-2) overall, will face the Mingus Marauders (4-1), and (7-2), at Prescott High School next Friday at 7pm.
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PRESCOTT BADGERS 41, LEE WILLIAMS VOLUNTEERS 6
Score by Quarters - 1 2 3 4 - T
Lee Williams 0 6 0 0 - 6
Prescott 14 6 7 14 - 41
P-Clark 3 yard run (Peters kick)
P-Clark 48 yard run (Peters kick)
LW-Herrera 15 yard pass from Marino (Kick failed)
P-Clark 1 yard run (Kick failed)
P-Greene 10 yard pass from Clark (Peters kick)
P-Clark 35 yard run (Peters kick)
P-Porter 8 yard run (Peters kick)
GRAND CANYON REGION
School W-L W-L
PRESCOTT 5-0 7-2
Mingus 4-1 7-2
Bradshaw Mountain 4-2 8-2
Coconino 3-2 6-3
Flagstaff 2-3 3-6
Lee Williams 0-5 2-7
Mohave 0-5 2-7
Grand Canyon Region Scoreboard
PRESCOTT 41, Lee Williams 6
Bradshaw Mountain 75, Mohave 13
Mingus 28, Flagstaff 24
Cactus 32 , Coconino 21
AIA Division IV Rankings Top 20 (As of October 17)
1 Salpointe Catholic 8-0 11 Peoria 7-1
2 Saguaro 7-1 12 PRESCOTT 6-2
3 Glendale 8-0 13 Mingus 6-2
4 Desert Edge 5-3 14 Greenway 7-1
5 Seton Catholic 7-1 15 Gila Ridge 6-2
6 Cactus 6-2 16 Mesquite 5-3
7 Sahuaro 6-2 17 Coconino 6-2
8 Bradshaw Mountain 7-2 18 Casa Grande 5-3
9 Canyon del Oro 5-3 19 Catalina Foothills 4-4
10 Walden Grove 6-2 20 Arcadia 5-3
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS SCOREBOARD
River Valley 28, Chino Valley 13
Alchesay 22, Hopi 0
Apache Junction 53, Glendale 52
Arcadia 48, Poston Butte 20
Blue Ridge 36, Holbrook 0
Boulder Creek 49, Mountain Ridge 0
Brophy Prep 28, Basha 23
Buckeye 34, Youngker 19
Canyon del Oro 54, Vista Grande 21
Centennial 48, Raymond Kellis 0
Central 48, Sierra Linda 0
Cesar Chavez 54, Trevor Browne 0
Chandler 62, Tucson 0
Cibola 40, Yuma 7
Combs 35, Washington 26
Desert Edge 48, Deer Valley 0
Desert Vista 56, Corona del Sol 15
Dobson 48, Kofa 6
Douglas 48, Palo Verde 3
Dysart 53, Cortez 0
Estrella Foothills 29, Gila Ridge 22
Greenway 6, Tempe 0
Highland 38, Queen Creek 7
Liberty 24, Sandra Day O'Connor 21
Marcos de Niza 35, Mesquite 34
Mountain Pointe 28, Desert Ridge 20
Page 64, Chinle 7
Parker 22, Tonopah Valley 0
Peoria 35, Lake Havasu 0
Perry 63, Chandler 28
Pinnacle 23, Chaparral 7
Pueblo 57, Rio Rico 0
Rock Point 34, Valley Sanders 28, 2OT
Saguaro 69, Seton Catholic 0
Sahuaro 21, Casa Grande 14
Salpointe Catholic 42, Catalina Foothills 14
San Manuel 34, Miami 14
Santa Cruz Valley 81, ASU Prep 0
Sedona Red Rock 49, Valley Lutheran 32
Shadow Mountain 35, Thunderbird 28
Skyline 73, Mountain View 39
Snowflake 41, Show Low 6
St. Johns 42, Benson 14
St. Mary's 29, Moon Valley 23
Thatcher 42, Round Valley 3
Tolleson 39, Copper Canyon 14
Trivium Prep 28, Camp Verde 8
Walden Grove 57, Amphitheater 6
Westview 37, La Joya 14
Westwood 52, North 0
Wickenburg 84, Kingman 14
Willcox 28, Tombstone 20
Winslow 20, Payson 17
8-Man Playoffs-First Round
Bagdad 58, Ray 0
Arete Prep 46, Duncan 42
Hayden 34, Anthem Prep 21
Joseph City 66, Fort Thomas 58