Prescott v. Apollo

Western Sky Region opener for Apollo and Prescott.

Both teams at 0-4 looked to have a new start in the middle of the regular season. Friday night Prescott celebrated homecoming, as each team looked for a their first win of the season and region.

Pep rallies are nice and inspirational speeches from team leaders never hurt. But simply the Badgers needed to win a game. The Badgers broke through that barrier Friday night with a 35-7 rout of Apollo.

Linebacker Bryan Barberena and his defensive teammates did plenty of hitting against the Hawks. Coming out fired up, Apollo managed only 4 total yards in the entire first half - 5 yards passing and minus-1 yard rushing.

On the offensive side Prescott broke out of its shell with 318 total yards. The Badgers had by far their best rushing game of the season with 266 yards on 48 carries.

Besides Chris Shipp, the Badgers also received productive yards out of Jake Jarvis, Matt Tirrell and Levi Carter.

Prescott took control right away with a quick touchdown on its opening drive. Josh Chavez completed a 13-yard gainer to Shipp and then two players later, the senior running back broke free on a 24-yard jaunt to the end zone.

After holding Apollo on a three-and-out, Prescott got a little help from the Hawks. Apollo's center snapped the ball well over the punter's head and the Badgers ended up with the ball on the 14-yard line. This drive took five plays with Chavez scoring on a 1-yard QB sneak.

Prescott added two more touchdowns in the second quarter. Jarvis capped a nine-play, 75-yard drive with a 1-yard burst through the line. The second touchdown was the play of the game. Already up 20-0, Prescott was in the red zone again before half-time ready to increase the lead. On a running play to the left side, Chris Shipp broke through the line of scrimmage. Shipp found a cut 
back lane to take and at the end of the play jumped over an incoming tackler to break the goal line for his second touchdown on an 11-yard run.

Though the score was 28-0. Prescott ended the game on the first drive of the second half. The Badgers received the kick-off after halftime, took the ball down the field 80 yards and ended it with a touchdown. With the fifth touchdown of the game on Keith Knudsen's 9-yard pass reception from Chavez. The drive took a little bit over six minutes off the clock. From there, Prescott substituted a lot of backups in the game to let them get a taste of varsity play.

Apollo ended up with just five first downs and 123 yards of total offense. Prescott only allowed four total yards on the ground. Much of the 123 yards came late with Prescott's starters on the sidelines.

Even though it's just one victory, Prescott is currently all alone in first place in the Western Sky Region. However, the Badgers-Hawks game was the only one in the region this week. Others in region open up this upcoming week.

The Badgers hope they can use the Apollo victory as a springboard into the second half of the season.

Apollo (0-1, 0-5)- hawks head back to Glendale for a home game against Thunderbird on Friday.
Prescott (1-0, 1-4)-heads to Sunnyslope Friday night in another region match up.

Game Ball

Senior middle linebacker Bryan Barberena would be player of the game. The stud that calls the plays on defense makes countless plays every Friday night.  This bruiser is making his mark in the Prescott Badger football history books, as a fear some defensive player.

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