Jake Jarvis and the rest of his teammates led the 14th seeded Badger squad to a win over #3 Sabino, down in Tucson Friday night, 34-28.
Sabino came in undefeated, region champions and appeared in the past two 4A-I State championship games. But the Badgers were the ones playing like champions Friday night. They built an early lead on the road, then rallied back in the second half, with the game tied and momentum on the opponent's sidelines to win the game.
Sabino capatilized after a Prescott's Chris Shipp fumble near midfield. Joe Tulga ran in from 1-yard out. The Sabercats took the lead at 7-0 early in the first quarter.
Prescott answered back when the brusier Jake Jarvis powered his way into the end zone from 2-yards out to tie it up at 7.
The Badgers took the lead for the first time in the game when Jarvis took it to the house from 40-yards out. Jarvis found an open lane formed by his linemen and then he did the rest once he made his way into the secondary. He made a move on the defensive back and was gone down the sideline.
The Sabercats offense came back to tie the game up at 14 before halftime. Tulga again ran in for the score from 1-yard out to give him his second touchdown on the night.
Prescott was awarded a safety on a rare play in the third quarter, when the Sabino punter had the snap sail over his head. The punter had to scramble and elected to run out of the back of the end zone to accept the safety rather than risk a Badger touchdown. The lead was in Prescott's favor, 16-14.
The Badger offense received the kick-off and drove the ball down the field again. Prescott capitalized on the possession, as Jarvis ran in from 3-yards out. The extra point barely missed the upright. This gave Prescott only a one possession lead at 22-14.
In the final minute of the third quarter Prescott's Chris Shipp avenged an earlier fumble when he scored on a running play up the middle. Again the Badgers missed an extra point, the lead though was now at 28-14.
The undefeated Sabino team came roaring back with their backs against the wall. In the fourth quarter when Lucas Reed received a 45-yard pass from Will Naas. The talented Reed showed great effort when he caught a pass and broke away from oncoming defenders to electrify the crowd. At the 10-yard line he had four to five defenders wrapped around his ankles and were hanging on to make the tackle. Reed high stepped out of the defenders laying on the ground and threw off the defenders on his back to scamper into the end zone.
Sabino ran the ball up the middle with Mark Dragosolovich on the next series. This one broke lose for 57-yards. This play tied the game up midway through the fourth quarter, due to the two costly missed extra point attempts.
Prescott saw their lead of 14 disappear with the momentum on Sabino's sidelines. The game was tied at 28 and the Badgers came through with the key drive of the game. The offense knew the season was hanging on by a thread at that moment. Prescott answered with a 71-yard drive on 8-plays that was capped with running back Jake Jarvis hurdled over the line to reach pay dirt from 4-yards out on the go-ahead touchdown. The coaching staff decided to go for the two-point conversion, but it ended up being unsuccessful. This gave Prescott
only a six point lead with time on the clock for Sabino.
Prescott's defense had the task of containing the explosive Sabercat offense. Sabino showed success at times with Naas finding room to gain critical first downs, Reed making huge plays, and their running backs busting huge gains.
Though the game was decided at midfield on the play of the game. With the Sabino offense looking to get a touchdown and win the game by one point Jake Jarvis again came up huge, this time on defense. The linebacker dove for a ball that was under thrown and scooped it right off of the playing field. This gave the Prescott offense the ball back to run the clock out and seal the win.
When the horn sounded on the first round of the play-offs, Prescott celebrated their second straight season in the elite eight. This huge upset was great for the Badger program and put them on the map in Southern Arizona. The scoreboard read visitors 34, Sabino 28.
Jarvis, a junior led all rushers with 133 yards and scored four touchdowns. On defense he came up with the play of the game, an interception to end the game.
Prescott (5-0, 7-4)- Prescott avenged a playoff loss at Sabino back in 1996, when the team lost in the first round. They earned a huge upset against one of the powerhouses in Southern Arizona. Prescott will now look forward to the second round, as they travel back down to Tucson to face CDO this upcoming Friday.
Sabino Sabercats (5-0, 10-1)- Sabino's season ended Friday night on their first loss of their season against Prescott. Though showing resiliency, the Sabercats couldn't pull it out in a fourth quarter comeback.
The player of game was Keith Knudsen of Prescott. The running back didn't have numbers that compared to his teammates, but gave the Badgers momentum in the first quarter. Knudsen finished with almost 100 total yards, but showed great leadership. He came up with a huge catch on the game-winning drive to give the Badgers a first down. Knudsen also helped out his teammates with big blocks on running plays, gave his offense mismatches in the secondary, ran for first downs and played defense on the last defensive series, as he helped put a halt to the Sabino offense.
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