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08 November 2019  

Badgers Get Second Chance against Desert Edge

Prescott Badgers (7-3) vs. Desert Edge Scorpions (7-3) at Desert Edge H.S., Goodyear

Last Meeting: Desert Edge 34, Prescott 24, August 23, 2019 in Goodyear

The season has come full circle for the Prescott Badgers and the Desert Edge Scorpions. The teams met in August with the Badgers holding a first half lead, only to fall in the second half, losing by ten. Despite the loss, it gave the Badgers something to work with. They played the most talented team of their schedule and stayed with them.

The Badgers will rely heavily on quarterback Dellin Boyd, who has 1025 yards passing with 12 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. His greater strength is his ability to run the ball. His efforts in that department have garnered 726 yards and 10 TDs. Sylas Espitia is second in rushing with 567 yards and 12 touchdowns. Nathan Wright, who’s playing time has increased since the loss of Sam Giordan has 292 yards and 3 TDs.

Leading targets for Boyd when he does deliver through the air are Trey Kohler 21 receptions 375 yards, 3 touchdowns. Brayden Nelson has a greater average per catch at 26.2 yards, with 18 receptions for 471 yards and  5 TDs. Cooper Wells, Aaron Greene , and Colby Macbeth are all threats to haul one in.

The Badger defense loss Sam Giordan and his 11 tackles a game versus Bradshaw Mountain. It was a huge loss for the remainder of this season. That said, Rhett Pearce is averaging a tick under 10 tackles a game. Aaron Greene, Nate Goligoski, Michael Brown, and Nathan Wright have all stepped up their game.

One cannot ignore the factor of the Badger kicking game. Clay Gross has flipped the field on numerous occasions all season with his punting. Gross is also a valuable commodity when kicking off with 38 of his 67 kickoffs resulting in touchbacks. Then there is his scoring ability with 46 of 51 PATs, and 5 field goals. His long is 39 yards.

Desert Edge is led by sophomore sensation Adryan Lara. The 6’1” 170 QB has thrown for 3041 yards, 32 touchdowns, with only 8 interceptions, while completing 66% of his passing attempts. Lara’s top target is Jihad Marks, who has 73 receptions for 1328 yards and 15 touchdowns. Andrew Patterson is second with 39 catches for 839 yards and 8 TDs. Another sophomore in Jeryll McIntosh leads the Scorpions in rushing with 858 yards and 8 TDs.
Defensively, be on the lookout for Jacorie Stokes and Cris Contreras, Steven Ortiz, and 6’2”, 295 pound RJ Roberts. The four have created great hardship on opposing offenses.

The Skinny: This is an opportunity for the Badgers to knock off one of the 4A powers in Desert Edge. In order to do this, Prescott will have to play a very clean game. Turnovers and penalties will be a no no. The offense will move the ball, and the defense will have to come up with some stops. Keeping Scorpion receivers Jihad Marks and Andrew Patterson in front of the defense is a must. Key words are discipline and execution. If the Badgers play within themselves, they have a good shot of playing next Friday.

Weather Report: A comfortable temperature in the mid 70s for kick off, with a light breeze under mostly clear skies.

All games at 7pm tonight, unless indicated

Division 4A
16 Glendale (8-2) at 1 Sahuaro (8-2)
9 Gila Ridge (9-1) at 8 Coconino (9-1) 
12 Casa Grande (6-4) at 5 Walden Grove (9-1) 
13 Prescott (7-3) at 4 Desert Edge (7-3)
14 Marcos de Niza (5-5) at 3 Canyon del Oro (8-2)
11 Pueblo Magnet (8-2) at 6 Mesquite (7-3)
10 Greenway (9-1) at 7 Peoria (8-2)
15 Tempe (7-3) at 2 Cactus (8-2)

Division 6A
16 Corona del Sol (4-6) at 1 Red Mountain (9-1)
9 Cesar Chavez (8-2) at 8 Desert Ridge (6-4)
12 Valley Vista (7-3) at 5 Highland (7-3)
13 Boulder Creek (4-6) at 4 Queen Creek (7-3)
14 Mountain Ridge (5-5) at 3 Perry (6-4)
11 Basha (4-6) at 6 Desert Vista (7-3)
10 La Joya Community (8-2) at 7 Liberty (6-4)
15 Mountain View Mesa (5-5) at Brophy Prep (8-2)

Division 5A
16 Mountain View Marana (6-4) at 1 Williams Field (8-2)
9 Buena (8-2) at 8 Sunrise Mountain (7-3)
12 Gilbert (4-6) at 5 Millennium (8-2)
13 Ironwood Ridge (5-5) at 4 Casteel (7-3)
14 Ironwood (6-4) at 3 Higley (7-3)
11 McClintock (7-3) at 6 Campo Verde (7-3)
10 Sunnyslope (6-4) at 7 Cienega (8-2)
15 Verrado (5-5) at 2 Notre Dame Prep (9-1)

Division 3A
16 Ganado (7-2) at 1 Benjamin Franklin (9-1)
9 Arizona Lutheran Academy (Gilbert) (6-4) at 8 Coolidge (8-2)
12 AZ College Prep (8-2) at 5 Blue Ridge (8-2)
13 River Valley (7-2) at 4 Snowflake (8-2)
14 Odyssey Institute (7-3) at 3 Northwest Christian (8-1)
11 Yuma Catholic (6-4) at 6 Valley Christian (8-2)
10 Sabino (7-3) at 7 Safford (8-2)
15 Payson (8-2) at Arizona Lutheran Academy (Queen Creek) (9-1)

Division 2A
16 Miami (7-3) at 1 Round Valley (7-2) 
9 Benson (7-3) at 8 Veritas Prep (8-2) 
12 Antelope Union (7-3) at 5 Parker (9-1) 
13 Chandler Prep (7-3) at 4 Santa Cruz Valley (8-2)
14 Alchesay (8-2) at 3 Phoenix Christian (9-1)
11 Arizona Lutheran (7-3) at 6 St. Johns (8-2)
10 Bisbee (8-2) at 7 Thatcher (6-4)
15 Morenci Jr/Sr (4-6) at 2 Trivium Prep (9-0)

Division 1A 8-Man
Semifinals at Coronado H.S.
5 Hayden (7-2) vs. 1 Williams (8-1)
7 Mogollon (8-3) vs. 3 Superior (8-1), Saturday, 6pm

Open Division beginning on November 15
8 Chaparral (8-2) at 1 Chandler (10-0)
5 Pinnacle (8-2) at 4 Salpointe Catholic (9-0)
6 Horizon  (9-1) at 3 Saguaro (9-1)
7 Hamilton  (8-2) at 2 Centennial (9-1)

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.

 

 

 

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