Greene would not be denied, Kingman bests Chino Valley
The Prescott Badgers scored in the last minute Friday night to beat rival Bradshaw Mountain 22-19 on a cold night at Prescott High School.
It all came down to a 4th down play with :39 remaining. The Badgers trailed 19-14 and needed a touchdown. The Bears called a defensive timeout, which turned out to backfire. Needing 18 yards for a first down, Prescott quarterback Dellin Boyd was forced out of the pocket, buying time and scrambling, Boyd found Aaron Greene crossing back over the middle around the ten yard line. Greene hauled in the pass and turned towards the end zone, being hit once, twice, three times by Bear defenders. Each step towards the goal line became more challenging, but Greene was not going to be denied. “I knew I had to at least get the first down, said Greene, “Then I felt some help from my back side and knew I could make into the end zone. I’m not sure who was helping me, but I knew I was going to make into score.”
The game had a solemn moment early on when on Bradshaw Mountains second possession, Prescott's linebacker and running back, Sam Giordan, was injured and helped off with 7:30 left in the first quarter. Giordan would not return. The Badgers first scoring drive began at their own 9 yard line, capped off by a Dellin Boyd pass to Brayden Nelson who went 80 yards, breaking through some Bear defenders for the touchdown. Clay Gross added the PAT with 3:16 left in the first quarter, Prescott led 7-0.
The Badgers got the ball back a minute later, when Cooper Wells picked off a pass by Moises Hernandez at Bradshaw Mountain 26. The Bear defense held forcing Prescott to try a field goal, but Clay Gross’s 42 yard kick was blocked, and Daniel Gobiel picked up the ball returning it to the Badger 35.
Bradshaw Mountain was denied as Titus King was stopped on a fourth down play at the Prescott 3 yard line with 9:26 left in the second. After a Badger punt, Grant Sanders scored on a 73 yd pass from Moises Hernandez, followed by the Josh Grant kick, to tie the score at 7, with 4:17 reamaing in the second.
In the third quarter, Bradshaw Mountain took their first lead of the game at 8:57 mark, 13-7, on a 9 yard scamper by Moises Hernandez. The Badgers responded, when Boyd darted to the near sideline from 19 yards out. Gross added the kick and the Badgers led 14-13 with 6:28 left in the third.
Clay Gross made his presence felt later in the third, flipping the field by blasting a 55 yard punt placing the ball at the Bears 12. Bradshaw Mountain produced an impressive drive, scoring on a 4 yard run by Hernandez as the third quarter came to an end. The two point conversion failed when Nate Goligoski pulled Hernandez down, but the Bears led 19-14.
The Bradshaw Mountain defense held Prescott, but Clay Gross flipped field again on 54 yard punt as the ball rolled dead at the Bears 25 with 11:34 remaining. The Bears threatened to go up by two scores, but Jacob Police picked off a Hernandez pass at the Badger 11, with 8:25 left.
Prescott returned the favor when Wyatt Snyder’s pass was intercepted by Alex Cabral at Badger 43 with 6:29 to play. A roughing the passer call on 3rd and 24, put Bradshaw Mountain a first down at the Prescott 14. Things did not look promising for the Badgers till Sylas Espitia fell on a fumble by Hernandez at the Prescott 4 yard line with 2:42 remaining, setting up would be the drive.
Wyatt Snyder hit Boyd, who had moved to a receiver position to the 43, but penalty moved the ball back to the Badger 24. Snyder hit Nelson and Prescott was in Bear territory. The drive appeared to stall at the Bradshaw Mountain 20, but Boyd hit Greene for the deciding score, sending the Badger fans into jubilation.
Dellin Boyd said of the big play, "I was just trying to buy some time and saw Aaron. I was able to get him the ball to him and he did all the rest."
Coach Cody Collett said to his team right after the game, "You guys stayed true to each other and had each others backs tonight, and the cup stays here." The team let out a big cheer, as former Badger Austin Clark handed the trophy to Sam Giordan.
The win keeps the Badgers playoff potential alive. Prescott (2-1) in the Grand Canyon Region, and (4-3) overall. Bradshaw Mountain dips to (1-3) and (3-5).
PRESCOTT BADGERS 22, BRADSHAW MOUNTAIN BEARS 19
Score by Quarters - 1 2 3 4 - T
Bradshaw Mountain 0 7 12 0 - 19
Prescott 7 0 7 8 - 22
P-Nelson 80 yard pass from Boyd (Gross kick) 3:16 1
BM-Sanders 73 yard pass from Hernandez (Grant kick) 4:17 2
BM-Hernandez 9 yard run (Kick failed) bm 13-7 8:57 3
P-Boyd 19 yard run (Gross kick) 6:28 3
BM-Hernandez 4 yard run (Run failed) :08 3
P-Greene 20 yard pass from Boyd (Boyd run)
Grand Canyon Region Standings
School W-L W-L
Coconino 4-0 7-0
PRESCOTT 2-1 4-3
Mohave 2-1 3-4
Flagstaff 2-2 4-3
Lee Williams 1-2 3-3
Bradshaw Mountain 1-3 3-5
Mingus 0-3 0-7
Kingman Bulldogs 20, Chino Valley Cougars 16
Th second time was not the charm for the Chino Valley Cougars as their second trip in as many weeks to Kingman was another loss, this time though to the Kingman Bulldogs 20-16.
The Cougars leading 7-6 after the first quarter, extended their lead to 13-6 on a touchdown pass to Layne Malave. The Bulldogs closed the gap back to one in a 60 yard touchdown pass. The Cougars made a field goal to lead 16-12 at the half.
The Bulldogs touchdown pass in the third quarter proved to be the final score as neither team could score in the final 12 minutes.
Chino Valley suffered their fourth straight loss and are (0-2) in 3A West Region, and (2-6) overall. Kingman improved to (1-1) and (4-3). The Cougars will host Wickenburg next Friday at 7pm.
KINGMAN BULLDOGS 20, CHINO VALLEY COUGARS 16
Score by Quarters - 1 2 3 4 - T
Chino Valley 7 9 0 0 - 16
Kingman 6 6 8 0 - 20
Friday Night Scores
Apache Junction 48, Dysart 0
Bagdad 46, Salome 14
Blue Ridge 28, Show Low 14
Cactus Shadows 42, Paradise Valley 0
Chandler 49, Brophy Prep 0
Chaparral 35, O’Connor 31
Coconino 62, Mohave 13
Combs 49, Cortez 0
Deer Valley 23, Lake Havasu 22
Desert Edge 35, Cactus 14
Flagstaff 13, Lee Williams 0
Gila Ridge 14, Buckeye 13
Glendale 54, Washington 37
Greenway 33, Thunderbird 0
Goldwater 74, Independence 33
Horizon 35, Notre Dame Prep 34
Liberty 34, Boulder Creek 9
Marcos de Niza 41, Poston Butte 38
Mogollon 66, Mayer 20
Page 34, Window Rock 28
Parker 46, Camp Verde 14
Payson 34, Snowflake 33
Peoria 35, Estrella Foothills 28
Seton Catholic 20, Arcadia 6
Sunrise Mountain 50, Kellis 7
Tempe 22, Moon Valley 0
Veritas Prep 45, Sedona Red Rock 14
Williams 2, El Capitan 0, Forfeit
Winslow 49, Holbrook 8
Youngker 30, Yuma 16