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10/19/2013 6:02:00 AM
Prescott 49, Bradshaw Mountain 7
Rivalry Game: Badgers go up early with 21 in 1st quarter, never look back
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily CourierPrescott’s Kaine Bayze (1) takes off while Bradshaw Mountain’s Dustin Davidson tries to chase him down Friday night during the annual rivalry game at Bill Shepard Field.
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Prescott’s Kaine Bayze (1) takes off while Bradshaw Mountain’s Dustin Davidson tries to chase him down Friday night during the annual rivalry game at Bill Shepard Field.
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Bradshaw Mountain Bears traveled to Prescott to face off for the 21st Black and Blue Game Friday October 18, 2013. The Badgers beat the Bears 49-7 to win The Esse Quam Videri 19 Cup.
Doug Cook
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - In a game that the Prescott High football team had to win to stay in contention for the Division 3, Section 4 title, the Badgers stuck it to their cross-town rival Friday at Bill Shepard Field.

Playing in front of a packed house, PHS scored 21 unanswered points in the first quarter and tacked on 21 more in the second quarter en route to a 49-7 blowout over the Bears to tie Bradshaw for first place in the section.

Prescott running back Kaine Bayze scored three touchdowns and threw for another, while teammate Skylor Clinton - a Bradshaw transfer - reached paydirt on a long punt return and fumble return to pace the hosts.

"Special teams was a huge key - that got the momentum rolling for us early, and that was really exciting," PHS coach Cody Collett said. "I'm just really proud of our seniors."

With two games left in the 2013 regular season, but only one to go in sectional play, Prescott and BMHS could finish the season tied atop the standings - provided both of them are victorious in their final section contest.

The D-3 No. 9-ranked Bears would appear to have the easier road to hoe and could still win the section outright, as they host last-place Bullhead City Mohave next Friday. D-3 No. 14-rated PHS has to travel to Cottonwood Mingus Union Nov. 1 for its season finale, which won't be a cakewalk even though the Marauders have struggled this fall.

In the 21st annual "Black and Blue" rivalry game on Friday, Prescott snapped Bradshaw's four-game winning streak while claiming a fourth consecutive victory of its own.

"Our first goal was to win the section and win a playoff game and then try to make a run," Badgers senior linebacker Sterling Johnson said. "We made another step toward winning the section tonight, and it's awesome."

The Badgers and Bears now own identical 6-2 overall records and 4-1 marks in the section.

Friday's contest was firmly in Prescott's hands only four minutes into the first quarter.

PHS scored its first touchdown 45 seconds into the game, shortly after the Badgers recovered a blocked punt deep in Bradshaw's own end. Tailback Chris Wright scampered in for a 3-yard score on first down.

And it only got worse for the Bears, who struggled with turnovers (three fumbles) and penalties (11 flags for 95 yards) for much of the evening.

"When you play a really good team in a championship atmosphere like this, you can't make those mistakes," BMHS coach Jared Woodruff said. "We made too many mistakes, and they outplayed us in all phases of the game."

On Bradshaw's ensuing possession, quarterback Carter Thompson fumbled as the pocket collapsed around him, and Wright recovered it at the BMHS 12-yard line.

Four plays later, Bayze reached paydirt on a 1-yard run for the 14-0 lead with 8:36 left in the first. Following a three-and-out by the Bears on their ensuing possession, the Badgers' Skylor Clinton ran back a punt 63 yards after having made an over-the shoulder grab of the ball along the right side of the field.

Bradshaw tried to mount a quick comeback, and for a brief moment it looked as though it might happen. The Bears' defense was sturdy, as it limited Prescott to only 208 total yards.

Bruising running back Shane Sorrells capped a four-play drive with a 6-yard TD scamper after star RB/QB Colton Audsley sprang for a 59-yard run to get the visitors in the red zone.

But with Bradshaw trailing 21-7 at the end of the first quarter, Prescott put the clamps down with a couple of nice scoring drives led by Bayze, who threw a 10-yard TD pass to tight end Elijah Smith on a play-action fake and later scored on a 4-yard run up the middle.

"The whole game was about trying to be mentally stronger than the other team, and it just mentally got away from us," Sorrells said.

Prescott ultimately put the game out of reach for Bradshaw when Clinton ran back a Sorrells fumble 40 yards for a TD for a 42-7 lead with 2:35 left until halftime.

In the second half, the Badgers defense suffocated the Bears. After Bradshaw's third lost fumble of the night near midfield, Prescott went on an eight-play drive that was aided by a BMHS personal foul. Bayze's third and final TD run put the hosts ahead 49-7 late in the third.

"We haven't held onto the ball great all year long," Woodruff said. "It's something we emphasize and it's something we've improved on a little bit from last year. But we're still not where we need to be."

The game went to a running clock right away in the fourth quarter, marking the fourth straight contest Prescott's had a running clock. For the fourth consecutive week, the Badgers posted 49 or more points on the scoreboard.

Next Friday, the Badgers head to Glendale Deer Valley for a non-section game, while the Bears host Mohave. Kickoff for both contests is at 7 p.m.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Article comment by: @@just a observation /?

Its probably not myself that you have seen in the past since ive only posted once. Also im talking about quality touches per say. Quality not quanity. Ill bet you would hear the same from the coaches preparing to play this team. Like i said i have not watched every game but it appears of the ones i have that its to simple of a offence to be successful year after year at the high school level. Its just what it is plain and simple, when playing more talented teams it will show im sure. Like i said just a observation that's pretty easy to see at the games ive caught. Maybe away games are different idk. If my son played on this team I would care a little bit more and question more of whats going on.

Posted: Friday, October 25, 2013
Article comment by: Rise up. Call it what is is. Expect better.

@ Bear Parent It's allright with you to hear a kid tell a mother to (**& his &^%^? That deserves no reply. Inexcusable.

Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Article comment by: Bear Parent

Personally, I really enjoy the rivalry. Prescott has had their way with us the last two years, but I believe in our boys! I can't wait until next year.

Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Article comment by: @ just an observation

Its just you. I have seen you post this nonsense before in other articles about PHS. I think you just want to grind an axe with the HC for some reason. He is an excellent HEAD coach. A basic look at Maxpreps would prove you dead wrong. Bayze has handled the ball 131 times rushing/receiving. He is the star no doubt. But you apparently dont know that the second back, Wright, has had 97 touches of his own. Add in 99 carries by other backs and 50 other pass completions and your "observation" is revealed for what it is...sour grapes.

Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Article comment by: just a observation

After watching the last two years im not sure of anybody else has noticed but its apparent that each year the coach seems like he can only concentrate one player instead of using the team concept. Ive seen first hand the last two years he has had other athletes to be able to use into the offence at key positions but its almost like he does not strive to build a team as much as its about a player not that he isnt a good position coach but i think he can use some mentoring when it comes to play calling. Maybe its just me but i see alot of talent on the field being untapped.

Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Article comment by: Proud Badger Fan

Well done Badgers!
& Very well said Mr. Teif.
This is ridiculous, Prescott beat Bradshaw fair and square. Everyone could blame it on something but you lost because they blew it... that's it, it happens. Yes, Bradshaw students and parents said repulsive things... that's normal for them. SOME Prescott kids probably did too... kids talk smack that's a high school football game for you, but parents... how very pathetic. & About soaking the field, its not a tactic we used against you... our field sucks. Bradshaw slipped because they aren't used to it, Prescott has been playing in it forever so they know what to expect, that's just the way it is. Sorry Bradshaw can't accept the loss for what it is, but it says a lot about them. ...
Well done Badgers! & Congrats to all of the seniors!

Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Article comment by: Phil A. Banks

Bradshaw fans put on a sickening display and it needs to be addressed. Prescott parents can walk around with their noses in the air for sure , but putting on a WWE show? Classy. Can you imagine being a player being cussed at by your peers and parents? It's not about which town's kids are "better" per se. Some parents are sick of this and opt for a different setting/ school.

Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Article comment by: Tired of It

You adults are ridiculous. Where do you think the kids learn to trash talk each other? Come on, it needs to stop somewhere! We have Badgers and Bears in my house. I went and watched a field of kids, on both sides, that I care about. It's about the kids. You want character to step up, be what you want the kids to be. Stop the rivalry. Stop the bullying.Let's see good sportsmanship from both sides. Let's get some class between BOTH towns...good grief!

Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Article comment by: @ The Roths & @ Judi Hollow

Give me a break!!! Prescott students are no better than Bradshaw! Is that why security spent most of their time trying to make Prescott students stay on their own side! Those kids are no better than ours! Get a grip!! Always trying to be better you Prescott people!

Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Article comment by: well dont let

Your qb get hurt. Every team has injuries at key positions. Its not like he is a top qb or anything. Just saying and no offence its just that way.

Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Article comment by: ? confused

Just a neutral fan but the bradshaw qb averages 120 yards a game and just under two interceptions per game. And under 1 yard rushing per game. That isnt that great.

Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013
Article comment by: dee and jay

So Bradshaw lost and their fans had to act like LOSERS with kids and parents yelling things at the players and each other that are so indecent they can't be printed here? Way to make yourselves look bad. Humboldt teachers were sitting there and did...nothing. This speaks volumes and I hope all involved have consequences. It is no wonder we're losing kids to other districts. No wonder at all.

Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013
Article comment by: @ Big Dissapointment

Hate to burst your bubble but having a "star athlete" buys you a principal with no principles. Get used to it. This one's not on the coach.

Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013
Article comment by: Bradshaw Fan

Hey Were glad. Our first string quarterback was out of the game. So your statement is false. If Cain was playing, we would of had not fumbled by the quarterback in the first and would have had way more yards. We avg 189 yards in passing. But our 2 and 3 string quarterback were not on the level as Cain.
So your best didnt play our best!

Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013
Article comment by: Terry Hawthorne

Congrats to the Prescott Badgers on a well played game. To both football teams thank you for showing such good sportsmanship and respect to one another. You kept it real. Enough said.

Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013
Article comment by: Bradshaw Fan

Our mistakes gave you the game. Prescott played well and to advantage of them and kept the momentum.But I have to ask.. what was the purpose of soaking the field on game day? never saw your players slip the way our players did when making cuts.
If your school and kids are so great why do you have a problem with bullying on your campus as this paper reported on earlier this year? Enjoy your win

Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Article comment by: We are Glad

We are glad coach chose not to sit any players, cause then you bmhs people would have just used that as an excuse for losing. This way with them playing our best beat your best. NO EXCUSES!!!! So suck it up, accept the loss, and get on with life.

Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Article comment by: Big Disappointment

More than ta football game, Coach Woodruff didn't have the backbone to do the right thing and sit some kids out that shouldn't have played. Shame on you, you talk the talk but can't walk the walk along with the administration. :(

Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Article comment by: @ Dennis Tiefenthaler

Learn to spell. Clearly you were not 3.5 GPA in high school.
GPA doesn't mean very much in a district where the teachers give A's to get the kids and their parents off their backs. My girlfriend teaches there and that is what she says the staff does. It is easier giving an unearned A than getting called in by administrators because parents are angry.

Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Article comment by: Jeremy and Beth Roth

I was there last night and Judi Hollow was right. The Bradshaw kids were very rude. They were using foul language and the adults were the same. I moved over to the Prescott side at half time. There the kids were having a good time. Mostly hanging around with their friends and not paying attention to the game but they were polite and respectful. Some were talking to their teachers. I heard a lot of "Hi Mr. So-and so... Hi Miss P, W...
A clear difference.

Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Article comment by: Well said Tefentoofer

Well said i must say lol thanks for the brilliant break down im sure none of us knew that pff typical Prescott thinking your high and mighty over everyone else. Stand down relax clearly out of your lane on this one :-0

Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Article comment by: Dennis Tiefenthaler

Hey Obummer,you are doing just what your name sake does. Speak without knowing any facts at all. Do you have any clue as to the average GPA of the kids on the Badgers varsity roster. It is 3.54. For you that is a high B or low A average. Just thought you should know.I need to give high praise to our trainer Brenda. Last week Jared sprained his ankle pretty bad and we were not sure he was going to be able to play in this game. Her efforts in the training room were exemplory and I wanted to thank her publicly.Without her he doesn't go.Great job to her and great job for number7.4 sacks 2 forced fumbles and a bunch of tackles and you exhibited sportsmanship on every play. Very proud of you son.

Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Article comment by: @ Red and Black Attack

Really? Wrestling? Come on man Prescott Wrestling is the best sports team in the tri-city area for the last decade! BHMS is terrible at wrestling. Hope you guys improve but reality is they would be lucky to score 7 against PHS in wrestling.

Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Article comment by: @ Red And Black Attack

Umm....that's what you said last year also...and here we are...AGAIN!

It's just football, calm down!

Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Article comment by: it dont matter

Football really is all that matters in high school sports, like for rivalries all the others are just for fun , at least where i go to school . And if the student moves or starts ninth grade at a high school its all legal and has to be granted from the aia. Some phoenix schools have appartments to house kids in or lie about there address but im sure in the prescott area there none of that. If the parents and immature students chill out maybe bradshaw district boundries would be a place where people would move into to raise there kids and get a quality education and in turn would increase the student population to select from for sports. But what i know of why would you want your student to get a sub par education and have to deal with some of these coaches and some nasty parents. Education and living environment is key for a happy enviroment. Also i thought you guys had fielded a pretty good team?

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