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Badgers Valiant Effort Against Marcos de Niza Falls Short
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28 August 2016  

The Prescott High School Badgers showed heart and played hard in the season-opening away game, but it wasn’t enough against Tempe's Marcos de Niza Padres team. 

It was the first game of the season, and that showed - lots of errors and unnecessary penalties on the part of both teams, and in some cases, even the officials. When all was said and done, the Padres kept the victory at home with a score of 44-23. 

Prescott scored first, getting 3 points on a field goal in the first quarter. But, with just 5 minutes left in the first quarter, two costly penalties against the Badgers allowed Marcos de Niza to move up to the 20 yard line, and they eventually scored a touchdown bringing the score to 6-3. The Badgers answered with a TD of their own, and reclaimed the lead at 9-6. 

Down at the 11 yard line, the Padres settled for a field goal, and tied the score at 9. 

A brilliant fake punt and a 5 yard penalty pulled the ball to the 29th yard line for the Badgers, who went on to score another TD with only 16 seconds left in the first half. A 2-point conversion brought the score to 17-9 as the second quarter ended. 

This was a night of elusive extra points after the touchdown. Marcos de Niza came out with newfound determination to score a TD soon into the 2nd half, but again, they missed the point after, bringing the score to 15-17. Prescott scored another TD of their own with 6 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, but missed the extra point, too, and the score was 23-15 in Prescott’s favor. 

That was the end of scoring for the Badgers, as the Padres grabbed another TD of their own, and this time managed the 2-point conversion, tying the score at 23. And that’s the way the 3rd quarter ended. 

The Padres started the 4th quarter with a TD and a point after, bringing the score to 30-23 in the 4th quarter. They scored two more unanswered TDs for a final score of Padres 44, Badgers, 23.

Afterwards, Coach Gilpin told the team that they had nothing to be ashamed of. “You fought hard,” Gilpin said. “Look at that field. You left it all out there. I gave everything I had to you guys, you gave everything you had to me.”

Extra notes: It seemed as though flags were tossed incessantly by officials, and the ensuing penalties played a big part in this game. Both teams will have to work on that for the rest of the season. Multiple unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties, easily avoidable, turned out to be costly. 

A touch of class: At the end of the game, one of the Marcos de Niza came over to thank Prescott’s Coach Gilpin for a great game. “We learned a lot,” he said. 

Local Scores:

Bradshaw Mountain 49 @ Cactus 70

Bagdad 62 @ Valley Lutheran 8

Chino Valley 52 vs. Camp Verde 0

Mayer 57 vs. El Capitan 6

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Lynne LaMaster

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