All three local teams at home tonight
Mohave Thunderbirds (2-1), (3-4) at Prescott Badgers (2-1), (4-3) at Bill Shepherd Field, Prescott, 7pm
The Badgers are hoping to continue with final final drive momentum from last weeks thrilling last minute win over rival Bradshaw Mountain. The winner of tonight’s game will gain second place in the Grand Canyon Region.
Last season: Prescott 44, Mohave 27
The Mohave Thunderbirds got blasted by Coconino 62-13 last week, after winning by one point over Flagstaff 21-20, and Mingus 29-28.
The Thunderbirds like to run the ball and are led by Ryan Porter (734 yards, 9 TDs), and Marc Hightower (445 yards, 5 TDs).
Chris Flores and Austin Foster lead Mohave in tackles.
Prescott is sitting in the final playoff spot at #16 and needs to win the final three games to stay in the hunt. The Badgers lost leading tackler Sam Giordan last week and will look for his teammates to pick up the slack, where he was so vital defensively, not to mention his ability to run the ball. Devin Boyd’s 10th touchdown pass of the season went to Aaron Greene, but Boyd continues to be a threat to run with 393 yards and 4 touchdowns. Sylas Espitia leads the Badgers in rushing (426 yards and 7 touchdowns). Aaron Greene, Trey Koehler, and Brayden Nelson all have 3 touchdown receptions.
Defensively, Rhett Pearce is averaging over ten tackles. Clay Gross is averaging 36.5 yards a punt, including 5 inside the 20.
The Skinny: The Badgers are still abuzz by the last second touchdown last week versus Bradshaw Mountain. The fact that Mohave got blown out at Coconino exposed the Thunderbirds defense in regards to the run. Look for Prescott to use that to their advantage for 48 minutes. The Thunderbirds will need some help through turnoversto stick around.
Mingus Marauders (0-3), (0-7) at Bradshaw Mountain Bears (1-3), (3-5), Bob Pavlich Field, Prescott Valley, 7pm
The Bears suffered a heartbreaking loss on the road to rival Prescott last week, while A winless Mingus team had the week off.
Last season: Mingus 28, Bradshaw Mountain 6
Mingus is led by sophomore quarterback Zachary Harrison, and is getting plenty of experience this season while completing 65% of his passes with 8 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Andrew Meyer leads the ground game with 614 yards and 4 TDs. Peter Calandra leads the team in receptions with 24 and 3 touchdowns. Andrew Nahar has 23 and one TD.
Moises Hernandez nearly led the Bears to a win last week at quarterback with his ability to run or throw the ball. Titus King leads the team in rushing with 459 yards and 7 TDs. Alex Cabral and Ismael Solano are one and two in the receiving department.
Noah Shaver is averaging 14.6 tackles, along with Daniel Gobiel’s 11.6 are a big one two punch for the Bear defense.
The Skinny: Mingus is more than hungry for a win, and after the suspension of their head coach, who really knows what kind of team will show up. The ability of Harrison to throw the ball, gives the Marauders an opportunity even down late in the game.The Bears will need to be focused to overcome an upset bid.
Wickenburg Wranglers (0-1), (2-4) at Chino Valley Cougars (0-2), (2-6), Chino Valley H.S., 7pm
Last season: Wickenburg 35, Chino Valley 14
Wickenburg is coming off a bye week after getting beat 44-6 by Northwest Christian. Bryson Adler is the big piece for the Wranglers offense with 681 yards rushing and 8 TDs. Clay Watson averages 10 tackles a game.
Chino Valley has lost their last four, but the last two by a combined five points. Tyler Carey and Dante Debono both saw time at quarterback last week. Layne Malave Abdul Trevor Gianfranceco are the ground gainers for the Bulldogs. Jacob Gilpin has 26 receptions, 311 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Trevor Gianfranceco and Collin Knight combine for nearly 25 tackles per game
The Skinny: Both teams are looking for their first Region win. It will come down to whether the Cougars can slow down the running of Bryson Adler.
Friday Night Football Schedule
(All games at 7pm unless indicated)
Mayer at El Capitan, 2pm
Bagdad at Phoenix Day School for the Deaf, 4pm
Ganado at Page, 6pm
Anthem Prep at Salome
Apache Junction at Cortez
Cactus Shadows at Horizon
Combs at Glendale
Deer Valley at Peoria
Desert Vista at Boulder Creek
Holbrook at Snowflake
Kingman at Northwest Christian
Lee Williams at Coconino
Mesquite at Poston Butte
Mogollon at Joseph City
Moon Valley at Shadow Mountain
Payson at Show Low
Saguaro at Marcos de Niza
Sedona Red Rock at North Pointe Prep
St. Mary’s at Greenway
Tempe at Thunderbird
Williams at Hayden
Seton Catholic at Flagstaff, 7:30pm