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Badgers Rebound from Loss, Beat Coconino in Last Home Game

16 October 2016  
Photos by Matt Hinshaw.

It was the last home game of the regular season for the Badgers, and they made it count.

PRESCOTT- Coming off a loss to Mingus on the road the previous week, the Prescott Badgers responded nicely dismantling the Coconino Panthers 49-7 as the team celebrated its last regular season home game.

The offensive scheme looked a bit different on the night as sophomore quarterback Austin Clark got the start under center while former quarterback Ryan Greene switched to a running back role. The move certainly worked as Clark threw four touchdowns on the evening while Greene had another nice night on the ground.

“I wanted to go with Austin (Clark) because Ryan (Greene) was not having fun,” said Prescott Badgers coach Michael Gilpin after the game. “He’s such a great kid and such a great athlete, he was just so tense and he was in his own head. So I gave Austin, who really wants that spotlight and wants the pressure, I gave Austin that opportunity and I moved Ryan to a place where he can just be an athlete.”

Gilpin was pleased with his young quarterback’s performance as he said Clark was able to put the receivers in a spot to make a play while switching up the plan of attack.

“That’s really important because we run the ball so well, teams have been stacking the box on us all season,” Gilpin said. “With a quarterback like Austin who’s very accurate and very poised, when they stack the box, our receivers are pretty good so you saw tonight what the future of our offense can be.”

Additionally, senior running back Collin Mills also made his return after missing a few games due to an injury. Early in the first quarter, it appeared he suffered another setback and left the game but returned later in the second half and blasted through the Panthers’ defensive line for a touchdown.

“It was really good to see Collin return,” Gilpin said. “He’s almost back. That was just like a residual kind of little tweak of something that’s sore. It wasn’t re-injured. So he’s got another week to rest and him and Ryan Greene in the backfield is pretty dynamic.”

The Badgers scored fast and often in the game and had a commanding 28-0 lead at halftime and continued to put their foot on the gas during the second half scoring another three touchdowns while only allowing the Panthers, who according to Max Preps average about 20 points per game, to a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

The huge win was special for the group of seniors who celebrated playing their last regular season home game in their high school career.

“Honestly it just a great way to go out,” said senior Badger football player Dawson Winslow after the victory. “Just the fact that everybody, all the seniors, got to help just made it really cool.”

Dawson enjoyed the experience and it made his time at Prescott High School enjoyable.

“You have a lot of friends, you make a lot of memories,” Winslow said. “It’s really more than just a sport, you make connections with people around you and you get to play a game you love.”

The Badgers finish off the regular season on the road first beginning in Flagstaff at the NAU Skydome next Friday at 7:30pm followed by the annual rivalry game with the Bradshaw Mountain Bears at Bradshaw Mountain High School on Friday October 28th.

Gilpin said it won’t be hard to get the team hyped for Flagstaff, following a tough loss the previous year, or the annual heated Bradshaw rivalry game especially considering playoffs are on the line.

“These two games are very important,” Gilpin said. “If we win them we are right there in the picture for the section and that’s been the plan all along so we got to knock these two dominoes down one at a time.”

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