Prescott v. Canyon del Oro

Canyon del Oro blanks the Prescott Badgers to move to the final four

After a first round upset of Sabino in round one, Prescott traveled back to Tucson Friday night to take on 10-1 Canyon del Oro in hopes of a second straight upset in southern Arizona.

Canyon del Oro had a 10 point lead at halftime, but clearly pulled away on the first possession of the second half. The Dorados ended up winning in a runaway shutout, 34-0.

The Dorados displayed a powerful offense that could take a play at any moment the distance.

Prescott showed that they could run the ball early, as they gave the ball to their horse, Jake Jarvis. The Badgers moved near the CDI 30-yard line, but struggled and couldn't turn it into any points. From that drive on, the Badger offense struggled.

The Badger defense held the high powered offense to minimal gains at the start of the game. The Dorados found no room in the running game, but this all changed in one moment.

On the play of the game, Quarterback Daniel Nicholas' first huge play of the game was his best. On a third down and ten at the beginning of the game, Canyon del Oro ran a wide receiver screen. It came with the Dorados backed up deep in their own territory. Nicholas hit Ray Nettling and 88 yards later, Canyon del Oro had an early lead.

The Canyon del Oro defense fell into a rhythm giving the Prescott offense fits. The Badger offense could never fully execute to sustain drives and score points throughout the game.

In the third quarter, leading 10-0 at halftime, Canyon del Oro needed to score again to put the nail in the coffin. The Dorados did just that with a four-play, 80-yard drive on their first possession of the second half.

That touchdown was turning point in the game to make the lead three possessions and sealed the win for Canyon del Oro.

The Dorado defense was able to contain Jake Jarvis after the quick start. Jarvis rushed for 52 yards on 8 carries in the first half. Jarvis had only 3 more yards the rest of the game.

Jarvis did go over the 1000 yard plateau for his junior season, including over 13 touchdowns.

The Dorados tacked on 17 more points in the fourth quarter while continuing to shutdown the Prescott offense.

Canyon del Oro finished with 333 total yards while Prescott finished with only 186. The Dorados also forced three turnovers.

Late in the fourth, Nicholas fell hard against the playing surface and stayed there for a few minutes while the home fans held their breath. He did leave the field under his own power, but was sidelined the rest of the game.

Nicholas displayed his talent in front of the home crowd Friday night, as he led his team to the next round. He showed great elusiveness at times, escaping pressure and at other times was able to buy enough time to find an open receiver down the field and make a play.

Prescott (5-0, 7-5)- The Badgers season ended Friday night for the second straight year with a loss in the second round. Prescott finished as region champions for a second straight year also.

Canyon Del Oro (5-0, 11-1)- Canyon del Oro sent the Badgers home, ending their season. The Dorados will now prepare for a final four match up against Peoria in two weeks after showing an impressive offense, led by their dynamic quarterback, Daniel Nicholas.

Game Ball

Canyon Del Oro Quarterback Daniel Nicholas completed 9-of-18 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns.

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