Prescott Badgers (3-1), (5-3) at Lee Williams Volunteers (1-3), (3-4), Lee Williams H.S., Kingman, 7pm
Last season: Prescott 41, Lee Williams 6
The last time the Badgers paid a visit to Lee Williams the game ended early as the officiating crew had enough of the Lee Williams coaching staff and some players unfriendly behavior.
It is a nice place to visit in late October since one part of the football field, and part of the bleachers are located on the site of the Old Pioneer Cemetery. During construction of the high school, workers digging a trench behind the bleachers unearthed coffins. There have been numerous ghost sightings and other paranormal events reported. A memorial stone honors the 350 settlers who were buried in the Pioneer Cemetery.
Lee Williams comes into this one having lost their last two. Coconino shut the Volunteers out 27-0 last week in Flagstaff. Wesley Boyd leads the team in rushing that averages over 200 yards on the ground a game. Levi Beckham and Devean Santos share the quarterbacking duties, combining for 4 touchdowns, but 13 interceptions. Wesley Boyd and Luigi Garibaldi are the mainstays only defense.
The Badgers sit alone in second place of the Grand Canyon Region at (3-1), and need to win tonight’s game, and next weeks game at Mingus, to secure a playoff spot. Prescott is ranked #15 in this weeks AIA Division IV rankings.
Prescott produced 467 yards of offense last week, and has plenty of weapons to choose from. It all starts with quarterback Dellin Boyd, who continues to use his legs and able to make the needed throws when called upon. Boyd has 900 passing yards with 11 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He also has 491 yards rushing and 6 TDs. Sylas Espitia Has 491 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns. Ethan Pena is getting more carries after the loss of Sam Giordan, has 217 yards and 4 touchdowns. Trey Kohler (20-358) and Brayden Nelson (16-441) continue to the top two in the receiving corps. Nelson is one up on Koehler in the TD department 4-3.
Defensively, Rhett Pearce and Sam Teuscher led the team in tackles last week. Keep and eye out for Michael Brown, Nate Goligoski, and Ty Ross, along with the highly respected Aaron Greene to be impact players this week when the Volunteers have the ball.
The Skinny: Prescott rolled last week in playing what was their best overall game of the season. It is Senior Night for Lee Williams, which may provide some motivation, but unlikely enough to overcome the Badgers. If Prescott can come close to equalizing last weeks performance, this game will be over sooner rather than later.
Radio: 1490am KYCA, beginning with the pregame at 6:45pm
Weather: Kickoff temps in low 60s, dropping into the low 50s by games end. Clear skies with light winds.
Bradshaw Mountain (2-3), (4-5) at Mohave Thunderbirds (2-2), (3-5), at Mohave H.S., Bullhead City, 7pm
Last Season: Bradshaw Mountain 75, Mohave 13
The Thunderbirds would like to forget the last two games and focus on Senior Night. Mohave only managed 159 yards of total offense last week at Prescott. Ryan Porter rushed for 65 of those yards, and the Thunderbirds will need to create some holes for him to get through in order to be competitive. Big man Ricardo Ramirez, all 6’5”, 295 pounds if him, had 13 tackles last week.
Bradshaw Mountain took out a lot of frustration from the loss two weeks ago at Prescott, by blowing out the struggling Mingus Marauders. Quarterback Moises Hernandez completed only 5 passes last week, but 2 went for touchdowns with the 138 yards. Rushing, Hernandez picked up 105 with 4 touchdowns. Titus King rushed for 103 yards, averaging 6.2 yards per carry. Josh Grant and Francisco Valentin each caught a touchdown pass.
The defense held Mingus to 156 yards last week, and are very capable of doing a similar number on the Thunderbirds. Daniel Gobiel and Noah Shaver will play an important part in grounding the T-birds.
The Skinny: Bradshaw Mountain came alive last week and pounded Mingus 64-7.
Mohave was beaten up by Prescott 56-0. It will take a lot for the Thunderbirds to stay in this one.
Radio: 95.9fm KKLD
Weather: A comfortable 73* With clear skies at kickoff, dropping into the 60s, with light winds.
River Valley Dust Devils (1-1), (5-2) at Chino Valley Cougars (0-3), (2-7), Chino Valley H.S., 7pm
Last Season: River Valley 28, Chino Valley 13
Seth Christy orchestrates the offense that chooses to keep the ball on the ground, accumulating over 1200 on the season. Sophomore Zach Hammett averages 7.7 yards per carry with 728 yards. Hammett has scored touchdowns rushing (6), receiving (1), kick off returns (2), and on a punt return (1).
Jayden Smith had a very good game last week for Chino Valley versus Wickenburg with one exception, his 13-25, 276 yard performance resulted in no touchdown passes, with one interception. Six different receivers caught passes last week, led by Jacob Gilpin with 5 for 67 yards.
The Cougars managed only 60 yards on the ground.
Trevor Gianfranceco and Collin Knight continue to dominate on the defensive side.
The Skinny: The Cougars would love to break their five game losing streak on Senior Night, but to achieve that, they will need break downs by River Valley. Chino Valley has shown signs of greatness, but not consistently. They will have to be better tonight to have a chance.
Weather: Clear skies and 58* at kickoff, dipping near 50* by games end.
Friday Night Football Schedule
All games at 7pm unless indicated
Arcadia at Poston Butte
Blue Ridge at Holbrook
Buckeye at Youngker
Cactus at Coconino
Cortez at Dysart
Deer Valley at Desert Edge
Desert Mountain at Cactus Shadows
Flagstaff at Mingus
Glendale at Apache Junction
Kingman at Wickenburg
Lake Havasu at Peoria
Marcos de Niza at Mesquite
Mogollon at Joseph City
Moon Valley at St. Mary’s
Payson at Winslow
Salpointe Catholic at Catalina Foothills
Sedona Red Rock at Valley Lutheran
Seton Catholic at Saguaro
Sierra Linda at Central
Snowflake at Show Low
Tempe at Greenway
Thunderbird at Shadow Mountain
Trivium Prep at Camp Verde
Vista Grande at Canyon del Oro