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21 September 2013  

Prescott offense sputters in 18-16 loss at Flagstaff

The Prescott Badgers traveled for the second consecutive week, this time north to face a wounded Flagstaff Eagles team. The Badgers held the lead most of the game, but lost it near the end 18-16.

The Eagles (2-2), after winning big in week one, came in with a two game losing streak. The Badgers (2-2), had looked good in all three games, despite losing in week two to powerful Desert Edge.

The Badgers looked good early, scoring two first quarter touchdowns. The first, coming on a 7 yard run up the middle by Chris Wright with 6:11 left, and the other, a 9 yard scamper off tackle by Kaine Bayze at the 4:17 mark. Christian Fernandez added the point after touchdown on the first, but just missed the second to make it Prescott 13-0.

After a Prescott fumble gave the ball to the Eagles, they were forced to punt. The Badgers, pinned back inside their own 20 yard line, failed to move the ball. On the third try to punt by Prescott, after two illegal procedure penalties, the Eagles blocked it and recovered it at the Badgers 12 yard line.

The defense rose to the occasion on a sack by Tyler Bruso. Sterling Johnson followed that with a hard hit for no gain. This forced the Eagles to try and miss a 41 yard field goal, keeping the score at 13-0.

moneydonationsAt halftime, Flagstaff presented a bucket of donated money for the Yarnell Firefighter families to Athletic Director Mark Goligoski and Wade Ward.Flagstaff held the Badgers and forced them to punt yet again. This time the Eagles would make them pay. Flagstaff mounted a 59 yard drive capped off by a 27 yard catch by Dillion Gifford from quarterback Kyle Wilson. The two point conversion failed, cutting the Badgers lead to 13-6 with 3:19 to play in the half.

Prescott attempted a final drive of the half, but quarterback Skylor Clinton was picked off by Gifford inside the Eagles 20 yard line.
The Badgers held the Eagles and had one last chance. Clinton connected on a 35 yard pass completion to Steven Clustka, setting up a Fernandez 31 yard field goal with :07 left. The Badgers seemed to have weathered the storm and went to the locker room with a 16-6 lead.

The Eagles, in the third quarter, held the Badgers and moved the ball to the Prescott 25. The defense held and the Badger offense tried to move the ball once again. Fernandez booted another long punt, but the pesky Eagles moved right down the field with a mix of pass and running plays.

The Prescott lead was cut to 16-12 on a 16 yard pass from Wilson to Scott at the 3:22 mark of the third quarter. The two point conversion failed again.

After another Badgers punt, Flagstaff got the ball inside the 5 yard line when the Badgers defense rose to the occasion once again and forced a fumble that Prescott recovered at their own one yard line.

The Badger were able to get out to the 21 yard line, but penalties were costly and another punt ensued. The Eagles acquired the ball near midfield with just over 5 minutes to play. One could sense that this would be "the drive" to win or lose. Flagstaff did an excellent job of mixing their plays up and the Badgers had them at 3rd down numerous times. A defensive holding penalty followed by and off sides penalty, moved the chains inside the Badgers 20. The Flagstaff homecoming crowd went into a frenzy as the Badgers were unable to hold the Eagles inside their own one, as Wilson put his head down and just broke the plain of the end zone with 2:02 to play.

Prescott had one last chance, but a nine yard loss on the first play, doomed the Badgers and a 4th and 19 pass from Clinton to Bayze fell incomplete, ending the hopes of the Badgers and their faithful.

Prescott Coach Cody Collett said, "You have to give those guys credit. Our defense was on the field way too much in the second half. They made some adjustments and plays, and that was the difference."
The Badgers come back to Prescott for homecoming next Friday against Mohave (1-3), who lost a tough one at home to Coconino 34-26.

Flagstaff Eagles 18, Prescott Badgers 16

Prescott Badgers 13 3 0 0 16
Flagstaff Eagles 0 6 6 6 18

P- Wright 10 yard run (Fernandez kick)
P- Bayze 9 yard run (kick failed)
F- Gifford 27 yard pass from Wilson (two point conversion failed)
P- Fernandez 31 yard FG
F- Scott 16 yard pass from Wilson (two point conversion failed)
F- Wilson 1 yard run (two point conversion failed)

Friday Night Football Scores

Flagstaff 18, Prescott 16
Bradshaw Mountain 31, Kingman 14
Florence 39, Chino Valley 13
Mingus 33, Phoenix North 6
Mayer 66, Fredonia 14
Sedona Red Rock 36, North Pointe Prep 27
Coconino 34, Mohave 26
Salome 36, Arizona Charter Academy 20
Glendale Prep Academy 52, Ash Fork 8
Williams 48, Camp Verde 0
Snowflake 46, Winslow 14
Desert Edge 63, Shadow Ridge 28
Red Mountain 13, Brophy Prep 12
Tuba City 65, Rough Rock 0
Deer Valley 61, Willow Canyon 8
Bourgade Catholic 24, Wickenburg 21
Liberty 41, Apollo 7
Dysart 24, Youngker 7
Goldwater 54, Independence 26
Coolidge 44, Combs 19
Show Low 69, Monument Valley 6
Seton Catholic 47, Cortez 13
Phoenix North Canyon 27, Lake Havasu 12
Yuma Catholic 21, River Valley 17
Lee Williams 26, Greyhills Academy 0
Holbrook 44, Window Rock 6
Safford 48, Rio Rico 21

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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.