The Cottonwood Middle School football team tied the Prescott Mile High Badgers during their Sept. 12 battle.
The Cottonwood Lobos played a poor first half, according to coach Jack Gebhart, but picked it up just enough to tie the Badger's 8-8.
The Badgers scored on the second play of the game on a 65-yard run and converted the PAT for an early lead, 8-0.
The Lobos first half numbers were thin, totaling 66 yards and three missed opportunities. The second half both teams battled it out, with the Lobos taking the momentum but unable to capitalize on three red zone opportunities, with two penalties and a fumble on the Badgers 6-yard line.
The Lobos scored with 2:31 left in the game on a 92 yard Nick Alred to Carson Sandoval pass. Sandoval converted the PAT for a tie 8-8.
The Lobos offense totaled 312 yard. Carson Sandoval had 158 rushing, 92 receiving, one TD and one PAT. Luke Goettl had 29 yards, Nick Alred 18 and Mathew Chavez with 15 yards.
Five days later, the CMS Lobos put together four quarters of great football against a bigger, faster and more athletic Flagstaff Falcons on Saturday, Sept. 17.
"We knew they were the best team we have seen so far, our goal was to hit them and keep hitting until they blinked," said coach Gebhart. "We did just that in a 26-8 win."
The Lobo's first big hit came from the opening on-side kick off, recovering the ball on the Falcon 40 yard line and setting the tone for the game.
The Lobo's first score came on a 15-yard hookup - Nick Alred to Tyler Openshaw. The PAT failed.
The second Lobo score was a Luke Goettl 45 yard run. Early in the third quarter the Lobos had their only let down, a poor offensive series backed up to their 7-yard line from two sacks and a holding penalty. The Lobos dug their way out.
The next Lobo score came on a Alred to Logan Couch 27-yard pass, Sandoval converted the PAT. The final Lobo touchdown came from a Alred 1-yard quarterback sneak.
The lone Falcon touchdown came with 3:37 left in the game on a 36 yard run the PAT was converted for a final score 26-8 Lobo win.
The Lobo offense totaled 286 yards, which included Carson Sandoval with 102 yards, Luke Goettl 100, Paul Bissen 40 and Nick Alred three yards.
Passing yards: Logan Couch 27 yards, Tyler Openshaw 29 and Nick Alred seven.
The Lobo offense was led with stellar blocking by Marcus Drazick, Tanner Drake, Joel Bissen, Garrett Phelps, Richie Saucedo, Tyrus Kirby, Lance Helsel, Beau Godwin, Tyler Palosaari, Daniel Davila, Tyrell Pritchard, Mathew Chavez, Ronald Morones and Skyler Watkins.
On defense, the leading tackler was Carson Sandoval with 10 and one fumble recovery. Jessee Timm had seven tackles and Tyrell Pritchard had five.
The Lobos are now 4-0-1. They take on Prescott Glassford Hills Wednesday, Sept.21 at 4 p.m. in the Lobo Den.