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Badgers Lose Home Opener, 15-14
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26 August 2017  
All photos by Matt Santos/MSP

The Badgers came so close, but in the end, penalties proved to be costly.

It was a "Chamber of Commerce" evening, as opening night of the 2017 high school football season took place at Bill Shepard Field on the campus of Prescott High School.

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What started out as a promising new season, turned sour after the first quarter as the Badgers went from a 14-0 lead, to eventually losing to the visiting Padres of Marcos de Niza 15-14.

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The Badgers struck first and quickly, as Ryan Greene took the hand off from Austin Clark and bolted off tackle for a 38 yard touchdown. Bryce Peters added the PAT, and with 8:43 left in the opening quarter, Prescott led 7-0.

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The Padres moved the ball down the field, but a big tackle by Dellin Boyd forced a 4th down at the Badger 29. Prescott held on fourth down, giving the ball back to the Badgers with 4:12 left in quarter number one.

A three and out by Prescott gave the ball back to the Padres, who quickly gave it back to the Badgers, on the Marcos de Niza 30, with 1:32 left in the first.

A healthy dose of Ryan Geene resulted in the Badgers second touchdown, as Green trotted in from four yards out with :38 left in the first quarter.

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The Padres with the assist a of a pair of Badger penalties scored when Caleb Park went up the gut from 47 yards out, trimming the Badger lead to 14-6 with 9:15 left in the second quarter.

After a Prescott time out, the Badgers failed to convert on a fourth and two at the Padres 9 yard line with 4:22 left in the half.

Marcos de Niza moved the ball 88 yards before being denied as the Badger defense stood their ground in the final seconds of the half. The final two plays resulted in losses. With the ball on the Badgers 3, and time running out, Aaron Greene made Padres quarterback pay as he bolted through the line, nailing the QB for an 8 yard loss. The final play of the half was tackle by committee as the Prescott defense led the team to the locker room with a 14-6 lead.

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The third quarter was one that was filled with laundry, official laundry, and the Badgers could not seem to get things right. Prescott had nine out of their ten penalties in the second half.

Back to back penalties, (12 men on the field), cost Prescott dearly as the Badgers had the Padres pinned at their own one yard line, and the second penalty cost the Badgers a recovered fumble at the Marcos de Niza 25. On the third punt, the Padres did get the ball at their own 43 following an out of bounds punt.

Dellin Boyd stopped the Marcos de Niza threat by picking off the Padres pass at the Badger 12 yard line with 4:31 in the third.

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Penalties proved costly again forcing the Prescott team to punt, but the snap went over the punter Austin Clark's head costing Prescott the two point safety, and cutting the lead to 14-8 with 2:31 left in the 3rd.

Marcos de Niza tied the game at 14 on a screen pass from Moreno to Park, and with the extra point, the Padres lead 15-14 with 11:42 left.

Prescott moved down the field, but a penalty forced the Badgers to attempt a long field goal. Bryce Peters 51 yard attempt came up short with 9:47 left.

Marcos de Niza had some success moving the ball, as everybody took a sprinkler timeout. After nearly a five minute delay, play resumed. Aaron Greene sacked Padre quarterback Marcos Moreno forcing the Padres to punt with 4:19 left. Prescott had a chance but Austin Clark's fourth down pass fell incomplete with 2:34 to play. Marcos de Niza took over at Badger 33.

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The Padres kept the ball with a key first down with 2:05 to play, and ultimately ran out the clock.

Badger coach Michael Gilpin said, "The positive is we can line up and go toe to toe with a good football team. We have a young group and I tried to get too cute, causing some confusion. This is obviously on me." In regards to the laundry on the field in the second half, Gilpin added, "So many penalties are judgement calls. I would let them play the same way. We could not get them off the field in the second half, which affected our offensive rhythm. We have just have to tweak some things. I told the players that if we keep playing hard that we will be where we want to be at week ten.”

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Ryan Greene finished with 156 rushing yards and the Badgers two touchdowns. Quarterback Austin Clark was 5-9 for 40 yards.

Prescott (0-1), takes their show on the road next week as the Badgers travel to the San Tan Valley to face Combs (0-1). Marcos de Niza (1-0) travels to Cactus.

At halftime, the Hall of Fame inductees were recognize. They included wrestler Brant Smith, baseball player Michael Howard, and the 1998-99 girls soccer team.

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Marcos de Niza Padres 15, Prescott Badgers 14
Score by Quarters - 1 2 3 4 - T
Marcos de Niza 0 6 2 7 - 15
Prescott 14 0 0 0 - 14

Scoring summary
P-Greene 38 yard run (Peters kick)
P- Greene 4 yard run (Peters kick)
MdN- Park 47 yard run (kick failed)
MdN- Safety from Badgers tackled in end zone
MdN- Park 14 yard pass from Moreno (Muniz kick)

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Friday Night Lights Scoreboard

Cactus 61, Bradshaw Mountain 23
Chino Valley 21, Camp Verde 14
Bagdad 56, Joshua Springs 24
Mayer 80, St. David 14
Agua Fria 21, Washington 17
Blue Ridge 66, Window Rock 0
Cactus Shadows 26, Seton Catholic 22
Casa Grande 47, Combs 11
Casteel 63, Payson 0
Centennial 41, Apollo 0
Chaparral 24, Horizon 20
Coconino 21, Page 14
Desert Ridge 30, Brophy Prep 21
Faifax 55, Central 7
Flagstaff 44, Coronado 12
Florence 61, Youngker 35
Gila Ridge 13, Dysart 6
Gilbert 49, Mesquite 34
Glendale 61, Cortez 0
Goldwater 24, Poston Butte 23, OT
Higly 58, Mingus Union 6
Lee Williams 38, Kingman 0
Liberty 42, Boulder Creek 7
Mogollon 36, Ray 0
Mohave 36, River Valley 0
Moon Valley 41, Thunderbird 0
North 26, Camelback 7
Notre Dame Prep 27, Desert Edge 21
Perry 57, Millennium 34
Pinnacle 49, Basha 3
O'Connor 31, Tolleson 28
Queen Creek 41, Hamilton 28
Snowflake 55, Chinle 6
South Mountain 32, Browne 12
St. John's 46, Sedona Red Rock 0
Sunrise Mountain 53, Buckeye 9
Valley Union 48, Joseph City 12
Verrado 56, Arcadia 7
Westwood 30, Copper Canyon 26
Williams 48, Hayden 0
Williams Field 13, Deer Valley 0
Winslow 35, Monument Valley 6

Photo gallery. (All photos by Matt Santos/MSP)

 

 

Ron Williams

Ron Williams is the advisor, broadcaster, and sportswriter for the BBN, Badger Broadcasting Network. The BBN is a community club for high school students enrolled in the Prescott Unified School District.

 

 

 

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