Prescott v. Millennium

Last-second field goal decides game at Millennium.

The Badgers held the Tigers to zero first downs in the first quarter.  Millennium wasn't able to reach Prescott territory either in the first half.

Prescott has lost its last two games by a combined four points and slips to 0-4. The Badgers will look for their first win next Friday, at their homecoming, when they open region play with visiting Glendale Apollo.

The Badgers (0-4) found their elusive ground game Friday night. The offense picked up three first downs on a rush-only first possession to start the game as the team carried the ball 29 times before halftime.

The defense, too, sparkled for a second straight week.

Senior lineman Jordan Magdaleno recovered a fumble at the Millennium 4-yard line, leading to a Chris Shipp 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Brenden Howell's extra point lifted the Badgers to a 7-0 lead at halftime.

The Badgers even survived a costly mistake in the third quarter. Tigers defensive back James Castillo picked off a Trevor Cruz pass, but Shipp gave chase on the long return and knocked Castillo out of bounds with a touchdown-saving tackle at the Prescott 3-yard line.

Soon after, senior linebacker Bryan Barberena stuffed Millennium QB Andre Miller to cause a fumble as the Badger defense recovered. Prescott led 7-0 after three periods.

One week after going double-overtime against Bradshaw Mountain, the game again came down to the closing moments for Prescott.

Millennium cashed in a pass play for the Tigers' first TD to tie the game with 8:38 left in regulation.

Later, rather than attempt a would-be 52-yard field goal, the Tigers converted the huge 4th and 20 call at the Badger 35 when Derek Waddell split the double-coverage of Skyler Schiller and Austin Suppes to haul in a 20-yard gain to sustain the drive.

Prescott responded to its winless start to the season with strong defense, an improved running game and timely plays Friday night.

Still, it amounted to another hard-luck loss for the Badgers who fell to Millennium, 10-7, on a field goal as time expired in Goodyear.

Though the defense pitched a shutout in the first half, Millennium converted a critical 4th and 20 at the Badger 35-yard line late in regulation to keep alive the final drive, capped by a 22-yard field goal from Tigers kicker Taylor Rigsby to end it.

After calling a timeout with a half-second showing on the game clock, Millennium - which lost on a last-second field goal last week to Sabino - this time kicked the game-winner in their favor.

The defense limited the Tigers to 87 yards rushing. Even special teams got into the act, blocking a first-half punt and pinning Millennium at their own one yard line.

Friday night was the first meeting between the teams since first round of the 4A State playoffs in 2005.

Millennium (3-1) Will play at Copper Canyon this week. Prescott (0-4)  Will look to get their first win of the season, as they have homecoming this  Friday and will open up region with an important game against Apollo.

Game Balls

Millennium was led by a trio on offense in the fourth quarter, running back Malcom Oliver, quarterback Andre Moore and wide receiver Derek Waddell made huge plays for the Tigers.

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