Prescott v. Bradshaw Mountain

Cross-town rivals Prescott and Bradshaw Mountain go to overtime.

The cross-town rivalry up in the tri-city area made it's 15th annual year of Prescott facing off with Bradshaw.

In some cases in football not always the best team on paper or talent wise wins the game. On any given Friday night any team can beat another team. That is why they play the game.

It was a sight to see as Bill Shepard Field was filled up to capacity. With only standing room, fans sat on the hill by the stands on the home side or up on buildings, if they were unable to stand against the chain linked fences that surrounded the field.

The game turned out to be a defensive gem. Neither teams offense could muster anything, as each team exchanged blows. Bradshaw was finally able to get three points up on the score board before halftime as Ben Pigg nailed a 33 yard field goal.

At halftime the score was 3-0, Bradshaw up.

In a wild fourth quarter the Badgers were finally able to get on the scoreboard. Though the snap was high, the holder got it down, and the ball sailed through the uprights from 37 yards out.

Later on in the fourth, Prescott had another chance at the end to make it a 6-3 lead. Even though the offense was driving they ended up with previous back-to-back plays of lost yardage. That backed the team up even further to make it a longer attempt.

With the potential go ahead game-winning field goal from 44 yards out, everyone was on their feet cheering. The snap got to the holder, but pressure up the middle forced kick Brenden Howell to get the ball higher, as he kicked it in order for it to not get blocked. The ball traveled high through the air, when the ball approached the cross bars of the goal post it died and dived directly in to the cross bars and bounced back.

The score knotted up at 3-3 going into overtime Bradshaw scored first and Prescott came right back for one of their own. With the score at 10-10 now, Prescott had the ball first in the second overtime.

The Badgers had the ball first and punched it into the end zone, but had the extra point blocked. Bradshaw took the field with needing a touchdown to win the game. The Bears scored with a  run up the middle that reminded the Prescott faithful exactly of a game last season that ended it for them in the second round of the playoffs against Agua Fria.

The extra point gave the Bears the win with a final score of 17-16. Only the second time that Bradshaw has beat the Badgers in the rivalry, with this one being another one point win as the last one was, ten years ago.

Prescott held the Bears offense to an astonishing four total yards of passing on the night, as Bradshaw held the Badgers offense to an amazing 75 total rushing yards on 33 carries.

The final score read 17-16 Bradshaw, in a tough hard nosed game.

Bradshaw (2-2) Will travel up and play Payson on Friday night. Prescott (0-3) Will look to get their first win of the season when they head down for a rematch of the 2005 first round playoff game against Millennium.

Game Balls

There was no one player. Bradshaw had a couple of players come through when times were tough. Some of the players include Ben Pigg, Matt Buehler and Kevin Golleher.

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