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Badgers Win Again

02 September 2012  
Mengarelli had a record-breaking night against Deer Valley All photos by Lynne LaMaster

Prescott Badgers 56- Deer Valley Skyhawks 28

It was a high scoring game at Prescott’s Bill Shepard Field on Friday night. As the second full moon in August (therefore a Blue Moon) rose through the clouds on a beautiful fall evening the Badgers and Skyhawks took the field for the Prescott football home opener.

The first quarter opened with a good kickoff by #52, Zach Koehler. Zach had a great night kicking, he is the whole kicking team all by himself, kicking extra points and punts as well as kickoffs. His number was also called on quite a few defensive plays. The opening kickoff was stuffed at the 5 yard line by Pitts. After a couple of inconclusive series, the combined efforts of Kayne Baize, Nick Rock and Brady Mengarelli put the ball over the goal line for the first of eight PHS touchdowns. Koehler scored the first of his 8 extra points, he was 100% for the evening. Mengarelli ran 40 yards for another touchdown before the end of the quarter. With the good extra point this brought the score to Badgers 14-Skyhawks 0. A partially blocked punt at the Badgers end of the field led to the first Skyhawks score. The Skyhawks kicker was also 100% on extra points.

On the very next series the Badgers responded by scoring again. First Sterling Johnson #32 fielded a short kick, followed by another Mengarelli run, bringing the score to Badgers 21-Skyhawks 7. Prescott scored twice more before the end of the quarter. But with 4 seconds left in the quarter, the Skyhawks scored again on a well executed flea-flicker. This marked the beginning of the Skyhawks’ good young passer, Palomino, being let loose. He proved during the rest of the game to have a strong arm and completed several long passes.

At the end of the first half the score was Badgers 42-Skyhawks 14.

Halftime saw both the announcement of the new Prescott High School Athletic Hall of Fame members and a performance by the “Pride of Prescott” marching band. Newly inducted into the Hall of Fame were Danielle Wetton, who was an award winning Shot Put and Discus thrower, Dr Cameron Dow, who was a wrestler and a football player and is now a local veterinarian, and the members of the 2004 girls soccer team, who reached the semi-finals in the state tournament.

The Band performed part of their new program based on parts of “The Planets” by Gustav Holst. They showed “Mars-Bringer of War” playing the symphonic music quite nicely and performing some interesting quick march evolutions on the field.

The third quarter started poorly for the Badgers, after a short kickoff and a penalty, they were forced to punt. The Skyhawks moved down the field on a series of passes by their quarterback, Palomino, leading to another touchdown and bringing the score to Badgers 42-Skyhawks 21. Once again the Badgers immediately responded. Another short kickoff was fielded by Chris Wright, and taken to the 42 yard line. Then Mengarelli ran to the 15, and Kayne Baize took the ball over the goal line. Score Badgers 48-Skyhawks 21. The Badgers defense kept the Skyhawks out of the end zone for the rest of the quarter. Good tackles were made by Jared Tiefenthaler, A. Laursen, and Chris Parker. Mengarelli made one more touchdown bringing the score at the end of the quarter to Badgers 56-Skyhawks 21.

At the start of the 4th quarter, Baize was sprung once again for a long run, but the play was unfortunately called back due to a holding penalty, one of several which marred an otherwise very effective performance by the offensive line of the Badger team.

Several more good passes by Palomino took the Skyhawks over the goal line one more time. A few more punts and some really long, but ineffective passes by Palomino and the game was over.

Final Score Badgers 56 - Skyhawks 28

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