Prescott beats rival to earn share of Grand Canyon crown
The Prescott football team stated its case to earn its first 4A state playoff bid since 2012 with a 44-27 victory over cross-town rival Bradshaw Mountain on
Grand Canyon football final standings
Mingus Union 5-1
Bradshaw Mountain 4-2
Lee Williams 1-5
Senior Ryan Greene, who had nine carries for 108 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, reportedly broke his collarbone during one of the final plays in the second quarter.
“I felt a popping,” Greene said on the field after the game with his left arm in a sling and letterman jacket draped over his shoulders.
“I didn’t know exactly what happened, but I never felt this type of pain before,” Greene said. “I didn’t know it was broken, exactly, but it started hurting a lot more as time went on.”
Greene said he was headed to the hospital after the game to receive x-rays and confirm the injury, but Prescott trainers said he’ll likely be out six to eight weeks.
“You obviously don’t replace Ryan. … He’s one of the greats to ever play at this school,” an elated Prescott head coach Michael Gilpin said. “I hate seeing him hurt, I love the kid, but it’s the game of football and Ryan sacrificed his body.”
In the first quarter, the No. 24-ranked Bradshaw Mountain (4-6, 4-2 Grand Canyon) drove right down the field and scored off an 18-yard touchdown pass
Week 10 football scores
Lake Havasu 28, Agua Fria 21
Cactus 49, Greenway 12
Chinle 30, Monument Valley 26
Apache Junction 38, Combs 9
Ganado 58, Window Rock 0
Higley 50, Seton Catholic Prep 0
Hopi 40, Pinon 20
Northwest Christian 56, Kingman 6
Kingman Academy 62, Arete Prep 3
Mohave 14, Lee Williams 10
Peoria 53, Moon Valley 8
Odyssey Institute 35, Chino Valley 20
Payson 49, Holbrook 0
Prescott 44, Bradshaw Mountain 27
Red Mesa 64, Valley (Sanders) 6
Wickenburg 60, River Valley 23
Saguaro 49, Cactus Shadows 0
AZ College Prep 26, San Carlos 25
Snowflake 28, Blue Ridge 0
Tempe Prep 41, Parker 12
Paradise Honors 32, Tonopah Valley 24
Show Low 62, Winslow 16
Coconino 12, Flagstaff 10
from Austin Gonzales to Bryan Price, giving the Bears a 7-0 lead at the 8:15 mark.
After a 34-yard field goal by Bryce Peters, Prescott (7-3, 5-1 Grand Canyon) responded once again as Greene scored on a 66-yard TD run with 28.3 seconds left in the first quarter, giving the Badgers a 9-7 lead.
Greene scored his second TD of the night on a 9-yard run to begin the second quarter, then quarterback Austin Clark made it a 23-7 affair on a 16-yard TD run with 6:01 to play in the first half and the No. 15-ranked Badgers never trailed again.
Clark said with Greene going down with the injury, his mentality doesn’t change entering next week.
“My mentality is to do what’s best for the team. Ryan sacrificed his body, and I’m going to have to do the same. … We have to work as hard as we ever have,” Clark said.
The junior signal caller completed 3 of 5 passes for 62 yards and a touchdown, and ran five times for 66 yards and another score.
Clark’s passing score came 7 seconds into the fourth quarter when he hooked up with senior wide receiver John Chaffeur on a 20-yard TD pass.
Chaffeur said it “feels amazing” to beat their rival Bradshaw Mountain this season, especially since it may punch their ticket to a state playoff berth.
“Words honestly can’t describe it. We’ve been in situations like this. … This is a great win, don’t get me wrong. But Monday we have to come in with a clean slate and see who we have,” Chaffeur said.
Ean Porter, a junior, was a workhorse for the Badgers on Friday night, carrying the ball 20 times for 89 yards and scoring a TD late in the fourth quarter.
“With Ryan going down, Sam [Giordan] and I knew we had to step up,” Porter said. “We stayed true to our game, kept pounding them and as soon as they started giving up, we came pout on top.”
With Prescott taking care of business against the Bears on Friday night, Mingus (5-5, 5-1 Grand Canyon) claims the region title. The No. 16-ranked Marauders hold the tiebreaker thanks to a 38-6 win over Prescott on Oct. 6, the last time the Badgers lost a football game.
Brian M. Bergner Jr. is sports editor for The Daily Courier, the Prescott Valley Tribune and the Chino Valley Review. Follow him on Twitter at @SportsWriter52 or on Facebook @SportsAboveTheFold. Email email@example.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.