Youngker squeaked by in the opening week with a win over Independence 27-26, but were demolished last week at La Joya Community in Avondale 36-0.
The Roughriders are led by senior quarterback D’Angelo Calderon , 6-0 195. He has struggled through the first two games completing 9-29 and 99 yards, with one touchdown and 3 interceptions.
As for the ground game, the Roughriders are led by Austin Beanland-Kirk , 6-0 200 pound fullback , with 119 yards, 102 of those yard coming in the opening game. He was held to 17 yards on only 5 carries last week. Senior Joseph Mitchell 6-0 195, will be back after sitting out last week due to grades. He had 90 yards and a touchdown in the opening win. Having Mitchell back will improve the chances of Youngker greatly. Junior Clayton Self 5-9 165, is the go to guy for Calderon.
The defense is led by senior 6-1 250 pound defensive lineman Franze Farr. Corner Josh Cruz, 5-9 160, has 2 interceptions already this season.
The Prescott Badgers are still reeling after a tough loss at home to highly rated Desert Edge. Coach Cody Collett is anxious to get his team back on the field. Collett said, “The kids came back to work, like they always do, and we had a really good week of practice.” In regards to playing Youngker, Collett added, “They are getting a couple of kids back that couldn’t play because of grades and I see them rejuvenated.”
The Badgers let the ball fly last week in an effort to open up the defense and take some of the pressure off of running back Kaine Bayze. Bayze, averaging 200 plus yards a game, was slowed some through the first three quarters, but was able to dash 70 yards late in the game only for the Desert Edge defense to stop what would have been a tying two point conversion.
After two consecutive weeks of playing tough, physical teams, Collett said that “We have some bumps and bruises, but nothing to keep any of our kids out.”
The Badgers offense has accumulated 674 yards of total offense, along with 6 touchdowns, in the first two games.
Weather for tonight’s game is calling for mostly clear skies, temperatures in the mid to upper 80s, slowly cooling off as the game progresses. Kickoff at Youngker High School in Buckeye at 7pm.
This Weeks Football Schedule
All Games Friday at 7pm, unless indicated
Prescott at Youngker
Bradshaw Mountain at Saguaro
Chino Valley at Williams
Page at Sedona Red Rock
Scottsdale Preparatory Academy at Camp Verde
Mayer at Salome
Valley Lutheran at Bagdad
Flagstaff at Verrado
Hayden at Ash Fork
Mohave at Lake Havasu
Combs at Wickenburg
Snowflake at Seton Catholic
Coronado at Estrella Hills
Joy Christian at Arizona Lutheran Academy
Rough Rock at Greyhills
Fountain Hills at Coolidge
Joseph City at Superior
Desert Vista at Boulder Creek
Chinle at Blue Ridge
Desert Edge at Sabino
Thursday Night High School Football Scores
Paradise Valley 28, Mingus 6
Kingman 35, Goldwater 15
Cactus Shadows 32, Apollo 21
Peoria 34, Coconino 0
Glendale 7, Cortez 6
Deer Valley 23, Sunrise Mountain 7
Boulder Creek 17, Desert Vista 3
Dobson 20, Kellis 17
Fairfax 75, Carl Hayden 6
Brown 36, La Joya Community 14
Centennial 17, Brophy Prep 13
Mountain Pointe 72, Maryvale 0
Desert Ridge 55, O'Connor 0