Prescott v. Thunderbird

A lot fo turnovers in the Thunderbird v. Prescott matchup

The game Friday night down at Thunderbird featured the two top teams in the Western Sky Region. This pivotal game had huge implications in the region title race and playoff seeding. After the turnover riddled game, Prescott was one step closer to a second straight region title and another playoff birth, after prevailing 42-28.

Prescott won their fourth straight game with their highest offensive output in more than two years. Both teams entered the game unbeaten and atop the region, but now Prescott sits alone, with the rest of the teams looking up at them.

Even though there was 70 points put up on the scoreboard the game turned out very sloppy. Prescott turned the ball over a total of four times. Thunderbird had two of their own turnovers. If it wasn't for the turnovers and key mistakes, both teams could of put up even more points. These untimely turnovers killed drives for both teams. Prescott had the ball tipped and go in the air for
an interception when they were at the three-yard line. On the other side Thunderbird coughed up the ball at the one-yard line.

The Badgers opened up with the first score of the game when Josh Chavez hit Brian Scates on a curl. Scates caught the pass, made a move to the inside and ran past the safety to find the end zone on a 35-yard pass play. Prescott missed the extra point making it 6-0.

Prescott came right back at the beginning of the second quarter with a 6-yard run to left side from running back Keith Knudsen. Then Chavez found Knudsen succeeded on a pass play for the two point conversion to widen the lead to 14 points early in the game.

Thunderbird back answered with a 19-yard pass play from quarterback Chris Womack to tight end Mike Butzine. Womack dropped back and placed the ball right over the linebacker to the corner of the end zone. The score was cut to 14-6 after a failed extra point.

The offense for Prescott came right back again with a 4-yard touchdown run from standout running back Jake Jarvis. Now the score ballooned to 21-6.

On the ensuing kick-off the Chiefs again came right back with a score. P.J. Garcia took the ball, received blocks on the right side and found a lane to run up the Prescott sidelines for a long 84-yard touchdown. The scoreboard read 21-13.

Thunderbird shutdown the Prescott offense and got the ball back. They then again scored on a 18-yard pass play from Womack to Butzine on a terrific diving catch. The Chiefs went for two and connected on another pass to tie the game up at 21-21.

After a slow starting game, the scoring broke open in a thrilling second quarter that totaled 43 points. On the key drive of the game when the score was all tied up, Prescott drove the ball down the field and finished with a 9-yard touchdown catch. Chavez dropped back, heaved the ball to the back of the end zone and was completed when running back Keith Knudsen went up and snatched the ball out of the air from opposing defenders. This play gave the Badgers momentum going into halftime and they never looked back.

The play of the game happened midway through the third quarter. On the first play of the possession at the 50-yard line, the Badgers ran a sweep to the left side of the field. Jake Jarvis received great kick-out blocks towards the sidelines and found a cut back lane. He made his cut, wide receiver Brian
Scates gave his fellow teammate a great block down field to spring the play. Jarvis took off from that point and scampered into the end zone for a touchdown.

Then for his second touchdown catch of the game, Brian Scates caught the six-yard pass from Chavez to extend the lead to 21 points

With the score at 42-21 Thunderbird again came storming back in the fourth quarter with a long drive that finally ended in touchdown pass to cut the lead to 42-28. The Chiefs though ran out of time, as they didn't recover the onside kick with 13 seconds left.

Thunderbird quarterback Tony Womack had a solid game going 20-43, 257 yards, an interception and three touchdown passes. Senior Mike Butzine also had a great game with six receptions, 81 yards and two touchdowns. On defense Butzine came up with huge plays including a total of 15 tackles and two interceptions. Running back Clay Thornsen had good plays on swing passes and had seven
catches for 124 yards. Linebacker Jason Leos had 17 total tackles and a fumble recovery in the game.

Prescott's defense did hold the Thunderbird ground attack to only 29 yards on 17 carries.

The Badgers received huge contributions by their trio of running backs. Chris Shipp had a solid game on the ground and in the passing game. Keith Knudsen came up with a forced fumble, interception and two touchdowns. Junior Jake Jarvis totaled around 215 yards, he ran the ball a total of 25 times for 197 yards and two touchdowns. Josh Chavez had three touchdown passes and three interceptions. Sophomore wide receiver Brian Scates caught two touchdowns from 35 yards out and six yards.

Prescott (3-0, 4-4)- The Badgers head back home for senior night this week. This game is pivotal for the region title and region play.  Thunderbird  (2-1, 4-4)- The Chiefs will look to rebound Friday night at home against the Independence Patriots. 

Game Ball

The game ball goes to the Prescott Badger linemen upfront on offense. The unit controlled the line of scrimmage for most of the game. Allowing Josh Chavez time to make passes and executed blocking assignments to give their running backs daylight. These players had an imprint on the 42 points that were put up on the scoreboard. The offense was able to stack up 339 total rushing yards in the game.

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