Coconino Panthers 34, Prescott Badgers 27
The Prescott Badgers gave up 27 second half points, plus committed 5 turnovers, in a 34-27 setback to the Coconino Panthers in Flagstaff last night.
There was no rain in the forecast, but it was raining flags, as multiple penalties were called on both teams throughout the game. The entire game was a flag frenzy event.
Prescott struck first after taking advantage of a turnover. The Badgers recovered a Panther fumble at the Coconino 30. Sam Giordan scored a few plays later on an 8 run. The Clay Gross kick made it 7-0.
Prescott got the ball again in good field position at the Coconino 47, but an errant pass by Devin Boyd was picked off by Joshua Monk, who took it the other direction and to the house, but another flag kept the score 7-0. The Panthers took over at their own 45.as the first quarter came to an end.
The second quarter saw Coconino move the ball to the Prescott 17. Dillion Boyd returned the favor, coming up with an interception on 4th down play, and returning the ball to the Badgers 39.
Moments later, Boyd hit Brayden Nelson who scored on a 61 yard touchdown strike. The missed kick left the score with Prescott on top 13-0.
Coconino got a boost with a good kickoff return to the 49. The short field along with a Badger penalty set the Panthers up for their first score. Zach Bennett, who finished with over 180 yard, scored his 15th touchdown of the season on a 2 yard run. Manuel Cordoza added the extra point to trim the Badger lead to 13-7 with 6:45 to play in the second.
The Panthers had another chance to score before the end of the half, but QB Jordan Lucero overthrew his receiver in the end zone on a fourth down play. The Badgers took over with a couple minutes left in the second quarter.
Prescott quickly went 68 yards to score their third TD of the night, when Sam Giordan scored his second touchdown on a 12 yards rush, with :30 left in the half to give the Badgers a 20-7 lead.
Coming out of halftime saw the Panthers score the next 27 points, getting help from some costly Badger turnovers.
It started when the Panthers Joshua Monk cut in between Boyd and his receiver, taking it 55 yards for the score. The kick was blocked, leaving the Badgers up 20-13.
Prescott started their next drive at midfield. The Badgers drive was stopped at the Coconino 18, but a missed field goal gave the Panthers the ball back. Zach Bennett and company pushed the ball on the ground down the field. Lucero punched it in from 2 yards out. Cordoza’s kick tied the game at 20 with 1:30 left in the third quarter.
Prescott was in a passing down and Boyd’s pass was picked off by Malcolm Morris at the Badger 32. Zach Bennett ran in from 5 yards out to give Coconino their first lead of the night at 27-20 with just under eleven minutes to play.
Another Badger turnover, (fumble), the 5th of the game, gave the ball back to the Panthers. Bennett continued to run downhill moving the ball into Badger territory. The ground attack by Coconino used up a lot of valuable time. Bennett his third TD of the night on a 10 yard run with 3:23 remaining to lead 34-20.
Dellin Boyd ran in from 2 yards out with 1:56 to play trimming the Badger deficit to 34-27.
Another personal foul penalty on Prescott made the kickoff at their own 20. Coconino recovered the onside kick at the Prescott 36 and were able to run out the clock.
Coconino improved to (2-0) in the Grand Canyon Region and (6-0) overall. Prescott falls to (1-1) in the Grand Canyon Region, and (3-3) overall will return to the friendly confines of the Bill Shepherd Field next Friday, to face rival Bradshaw Mountain, at 7pm.
COCONINO PANTHERS 34, PRESCOTT BADGERS 27
Scoring by Quarters - 1 2 3 4 - T
Prescott 7 13 0 7 - 27
Coconino 0 7 13 14 - 34
P-Giordan 8 yard run (Gross kick)
P-Nelson 61 pass from Boyd (Kick failed)
C-Bennett 2 yard run (Cordoza kick)
P-Giordan 12 yard run (Gross kick)
C-Monk 55 yard interception return (Kick blocked)
C-Lucero 2 yard run (Cordoza kick)
C-Bennett 5 yard run (Cardoza kick)
C-Bennett 10 yard run (Cordoza kick)
P-Boyd 2 yard run (Gross kick)
Flagstaff Eagles 20, Bradshaw Mountain Bears 0
The Flagstaff Eagles snapped a three game losing streak by tossing a shutout at the NAU Walkup Skydome Friday night in beating the Bradshaw Mountain Bears 20-0.
The scoreboard remained stuck with a pair of goose eggs till nearly midway into the second quarter. Flagstaff scored when quarterback Joe Weidinger hit Ryan Tagle on a 29 yard pass play to lead 6-0, after the PAT failed.
Colby Holloway’s 3 yard run increased the Eagles lead to 13-0 in the third quarter. Luis Jaramillo added a later fourth quarter touchdown run to make the final score 20-0.
It was the first time in 73 games that the Bears have been shutout. The last time was at home to Cactus Shadows 56-0 on September 7, 2012.
Bradshaw Mountain falls to (1-2) in the Grand Canyon Region, and (3-4) overall. The Bears will make the short trip to face rival Prescott, next Friday at 7pm. Flagstaff (1-1), and (2-3), will face Lee Williams in a Kingman next a Friday.
FLAGSTAFF EAGLES 20, BRADSHAW MOUNTAIN BEARS 0
Score by Quarters - 1 2 3 4 - T
Bradshaw Mountain 0 0 0 0 - 0
Flagstaff 0 6 7 7 - 20
F-Tagle 29 yard pass from Weidinger (Kick failed)
F-Holloway 3 yard run (Castruita kick)
F-Jaramillo 18 yard run (Castruita kick)
Kingman Academy Tigers 27, Chino Valley Cougars 26
The Chino Valley Cougars fought back from a 15 point deficit only to see the Kingman Academy Tigers score in the final minutes to beat the Cougars 27-26, Friday night in Kingman.
After trailing 21-12 at the half, the Cougars scored in the third quarter on a 1 yard run run by Trevor Gianfrancesco, trimming the deficit to 21-18. The Chino Valley defense scored two on a safety to get within 21-20 with three minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Chino Valley took a 26-21 lead on a Trevor Gianfranceco 1 yard run with 7:12 left to play.
Gabe Imus 35 yard touchdown reception from Tiger QB Charlie Anderson gave the Tigers a 27-26 lead. The Tigers defense did the rest.
The Cougars drop to (0-1) in the 3A West Region, and (2-5) overall. Chino Valley will return to Kingman next Friday at 7pm to face the Kingman Bulldogs. Kingman Academy (1-0), and (2-3), will visit Wickenburg.
KINGMAN ACADEMY TIGERS 27, CHINO VALLEY COUGARS 26
Score by Quarters - 1 2 3 4 - T
Chino Valley 6 6 8 6 - 26
Kingman Academy 7 14 0 6 - 27
Friday Night Scores
Apache Junction 38, Washington 0
Bagdad 54, Mohave Accelerated 0
Buckeye 75, Yuma 7
Cactus 53, Deer Valley 7
Canyon del Oro 34, Catalina Foothills 21
Centennial 51, Apollo 0
Central 34, Camelback 32
Chandler 84, Perry 49
Combs 55, Dysart 14
Glendale 49, Cortez 12
Glendale Prep 21, Camp Verde 13
Greenway 56, Shadow Mountain 21
Horizon 74, North Canyon 14
Joseph City 62, NFL Yet 54
Marcos de Niza 26, Seton Catholic 6
Mohave 29, Mingus 28 (correction)
Northwest Christian 44, Wickenburg 6
Payson 62, Holbrook 16
River Valley 49, Kingman 14
Saguaro 63, Desert Edge 14
Salome 80, Phoenix School for the Deaf 32
Salpointe Catholic 58, Sahuaro 13
Shadow Ridge 56, Maryvale 0
Snowflake 29, Blue Ridge 17
Sunnyslope 42, Kellis 7
Tempe 32, St. Mary’s 16
Thunderbird 42, Moon Valley 14
Williams 65, Mayer 8