The Mingus Union football team travels to Bradshaw Mountain High School tonight to take on the Bears for a winner-take-all game for the 4A II Grand Canyon Region title. Both teams are 4-0 in the conference and are neck-and-neck in the Power Rankings, with Mingus at No. 10 and Bradshaw ranked No. 11.
The Bears have mounted a huge comeback this season. After losing their first five games, the Bears have gone 5-0 through preseason and the season schedule and are ready to put up a fight for the region title. The Bears' trip through the region hasn't been too bumpy either. They began their winning streak with a win over Kellis, 24-8. Then they downed Coconino (59-6), Page (58-28), Flagstaff (19-6) and Sinagua (26-0). The second part of their season has been a morale booster and that momentum might be the biggest threat to the Marauders.
On the other hand ... the Marauders didn't have to lose their first five games in order to go undefeated through conference and have a record of 7-2 overall. The young Mingus team seems to be getting stronger and gaining more confidence every week. The Marauders have won their last five games as well, beating O'Connor (49-24), Page (57-0), Flagstaff (35-21), Sinagua (50-0) and Coconino (55-0).
Last year was the same story. These teams battled it out for the region crown, with Mingus emerging the victors with a climactic 24-yard pass from Tony Vocca to Tim Kessel with just 25-seconds left in the game. Both teams are different than last year but the goal remains the same.
Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. tonight at Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley.