After a tough season-opening schedule and a pair of heart-breaking losses, the Badgers have now won three straight after a 17-13 non-region win over Cactus Shadows Friday night at Bill Shepard Field. For the third straight year Prescott defeated a state champion from the year before.
Once again, the Badger defense led the way and their offense did enough
to come out with a win.
To start the season the Prescott defense
gave up an average of 33 points in losses against two top teams in state
Saguaro and Chaparral. Since then the defense has surrendered a total of 47
points in the last five games. In these games the defense has made the
opposing offense one dimensional. Either shutting the offense down on the
ground or through the air.
The Falcons went on an impressive 80 yard
drive at the start of the game for a touchdown. The Prescott defensive tackles
were too high coming off the ball and were over pursuing. Cactus Shadows
took advantage of the mistakes. Their offense ran the ball up the middle on
blasts and were able to gain large chunks of yardage at a time. From then
on, the Badger defense allowed no points, just a tad over 90 total yards and
picked off three passes.
Cactus Shadows moved the ball fairly
effectively on the ground, but was unable get much through the air. On the
ground they were led by sophomore running back, Stephens with 140 yards on 25
The Falcons quarterback Dillon Classen went 5-23 for just 37
yards. On the opening touchdown drive Classen looked poised and was able to
throw the ball out of bounds when faced with pressure. After the first
quarter the blitzes and defensive line got to Classen and the defense was able
to bully him into making bad decisions with the ball. He ended up throwing
Prescott's offense, on the other hand, made enough
plays to take advantage of what its defense was doing.
second quarter Prescott barely moved the ball and had failed to capitalize
on good field position. But things changed when Chris Shipp broke a 59-yard
touchdown run down the left sideline on the first play of the drive. Shipp
made a quick stutter step at the line of scrimmage on the sweep to get away
from a defender. When he came around the corner there was a wall set up, as
his teammates picked up blocks for him all the way down the field.
Prescott displayed a duo in the backfield that both went over a 100
yards on the ground. Shipp scampered for 115 yards while Jarvis ran
defenders over for 141. The offense couldn't produce any points though until the
first play of the fourth quarter. Quarterback Josh Chavez found Keith Knudsen in
the middle of the field for the go-ahead 14-yard touchdown, that capped the
key drive of the game.
For both offenses the success mostly came
from the ground game. Both teams found a good amount of success throughout
the game this way.
Prescott didn't use its passing game much, but used
it well. Chavez finished 5-for-9 for 64 yards with no interceptions.
Prescott's Branden Howell added a field goal in the final minute to
seal the win before Danny Trittler of Cactus Shadows returned the ensuing
kickoff 88 yards to give the Falcons a shot. But the extra point was
blocked from pressure up the middle and they failed to recover the onside
kick with 13 seconds left.
Cactus Shadows has a very young and talented
team that will grow with experience. They played well and were in the game
until the fourth quarter. They will contend in years to come in 4A1.
Cactus Shadows (0-2, 2-5)- They play back at home against McClintock
this Friday night. Prescott (2-0, 3-4) heads to Thunderbird to play the
Chiefs in the biggest game of region play so far. This game could possibly be
for the region title and a playoff birth.
The Prescott defense. After an opening-drive touchdown,
the Badgers shutdown Cactus Shadows, picking off the Falcons three times
and holding them to 92 total yards.
Prescott v. Cactus Shadows
24-7 Football Top Stories
Game Recap: Saguaro v. MarcosStone Matthews and 6 TDs lead Saguaro past Marcos de Niza
24-7 FootballYesterday at 10:08 PM
Game Previews: Week 6A look at this week's top prep football games in Arizona
24-7 FootballYesterday at 11:39 AM
Friday Night Phenoms: Week 5Some big time rushing performances took place last week.
24-7 FootballMonday at 7:26 PM