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Turnovers Sting Badgers Football in Homecoming Defeat
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16 September 2017
 
All Photos Courtesy: Matt Hinshaw
Both Teams Combine for Twelve Turnovers In Rockets Victory

PRESCOTT- The Prescott High School Badgers and the Moon Valley Rockets both had six turnovers on Friday, September 15th, as the Rockets were able to come out victorious in a hard-fought battle against the Badgers 33-27 during Prescott High School’s homecoming celebration.

“Moon Valley played really well, they were the better team tonight,” Prescott Badgers football head coach Michael Gilpin said. “Our boys battled and tried hard but sometimes that’s not enough when you play sloppy…when you turn the ball over six times, you don’t often win.”

Prescott High School began with a fumble recovery on the first snap of the game, later resulting in a touchdown by senior wide receiver John Chaffeur on a handoff from junior quarterback Austin Clark.

Moon Valley would go on to score fourteen unanswered points before the Badgers picked up a field goal before halftime.

The Rockets would continue to add on to their advantage in the second half, taking advantage of a Badger fumble to open up the third quarter scoring with a touchdown.

Chaffeur and Clark would connect again, this time through the air, for another touchdown later in the third quarter. The Badgers would hit a field goal to end the quarter and decrease the Moon Valley lead to a point.

However, the Rockets would go on to score twelve unanswered points culminating with an 86-yard touchdown reception by Bobby Carlon, his second touchdown of the night, on a drive that started at the one-yard line with four minutes left in the game.

Moon Valley missed both extra points, allowing Prescott to have a shot at winning the game with two touchdowns. The comeback attempt ended with one touchdown as the Badgers barely missed an onside kick recovery to seal the game.

“Our guys are never going to quit,” Gilpin said. “These are Prescott boys and you got to kill them, they’re not going to lay down.”

The defeat was Prescott’s second on the season with both losses being by six points or less. Chaffeur has played on varsity for three years and believes this team is special as the Badgers will take the lessons of the loss and look to get back in the win column next week.

“I love these guys, they are great players,” Chaffeur said. “We just got to stay together as a unit. This is the most talented team I’ve ever played with.”

“Tomorrow (Saturday) morning we are going to watch film, correct our mistakes,” Chaffeur continued. “It’s just one step at a time, it’s all the little things. If we nail those little things, I believe we are unbeatable.”

The Badgers (2-2) hit the road for two straight games starting with Lee Williams at 7 pm on Friday, September 22nd.

HOMECOMING KING AND QUEEN

Last year’s homecoming king David Pearce and queen Paige Campbell were on hand to crown the 2017 homecoming king and queen as Makenna Jex won homecoming queen and Wesley Bradstreet was voted homecoming king.

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Torrence Dunham

Torrence Dunham is a multimedia journalist who graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.  Torrence is our PrescottValleyeNews.com Correspondent covering local news and events in Prescott Valley. He is also the lead sports correspondent and play-by-play pro for all our multimedia news sites. If he's not adding to his extensive sports bobble-head collection, he's talking baseball, his favorite. Follow him on Twitter: @Tadunham.