Prescott Badgers: Meet the coach, get 2007 roster, schedule and more

The Big GameAug. 31 - Prescott at SaguaroThe Badgers have plenty of red-letter dates on the schedule with seven 2006 playoff teams to face. Although the region race should be exciting and the finale against Independence could carry a lot of weight, the players can't wait to knock helmets with defending 4A-I champion Saguaro. A victory over the Sabercats would be the perfect start to a new season. That very thought has players psyched and intense in practice.MEET THE COACHLou Beneitone PHS Record:   11rd season, 54-52 (.509)Overall Record:   11th season, 54-52 (.509)Background: An all-region multi-purpose player at San Manuel during his youth, Lou Beneitone hoped to play college ball at NAU but a knee injury ended those plans ... Beneitone got into coaching in 1971. For several years, he coached at the middle-school level and as an assistant at the high school level ... He took over as head coach of the Badgers in 1997 ... During his first decade on the PHS sidelines, Beneitone has six winning seasons with five playoff appearances ... Last year, the Badgers advanced past the first round for the first time since 1993.3 KEYS TO SUCCESS1. Avoid Injuries - The Badgers have a lot of talented players and depth in many positions. But with so many tough teams on the schedule, injuries could get in the way of the team's ultimate goals. It's a subject that coaches don't really like to talk much about out of superstition. However, to stay competitive with the state's top teams, the Badgers need to stay healthy.2. Special Teams - A missed extra point here, a blocking in the back penalty there. Special teams can win or lose you a ballgame. Take last year's Bradshaw game. The Badgers hurt the Bears early with a 90-yard punt return from Anthony Guzman. If Prescott can control special teams and avoid breakdowns, well, they'll have the upper hand.3. Living the Motto - The Badgers' motto each time they step on the field is, "Always, Always, Always." To translate, "always know your assignments," "always give 100 percent," and "always believe." It may seem like corny stuff to outsiders, but many within the sport know that the mental aspect of the game can carry you a long ways.ROSTER No. Name Pos. Yr. Ht. Wt. 7 Trevor Cruz QB Jr. 6-2 161 8 Skyler Schiller WR-DB Sr. 6-1 175 9 Brian Scates WR-DB So. 6-1 170 10 Chris Shipp RB-DB Sr. 5-8 187 11 Shawn Walker QB-DB So. 5-11 155 12 Joshua Chavez QB-DB Jr. 6-2 170 17 Wes Williams WR-DB Sr. 5-6 136 19 Scott Spiewak WR-DB Sr. 5-8 165 20 Matt Tirrell RB-DB Sr. 5-7 162 21 Isaac Chavez LB-WR Sr. 6-1 210 22 Keith Knudsen RB-DB Sr. 6-1 190 23 Jake Jarvis RB-DB Jr. 6-1 190 24 Austin Suppes DB-RB Sr. 5-9 148 25 Joe Mancha RB-DB S0. 5-10 159 30 Dustin Olague LB-RB Sr. 6-0 178 31 Skyler Branch DB-WR Sr. 6-1 185 32 Andrew Pindzola WR Sr. 5-9 170 33 Dan Morganelli DB-WR Sr. 5-7 140 35 Zach Huffman WR-DB Jr. 5-9 145 40 James Newhall TE-LB Sr. 6-0 175 41 Branden Howell WR-K Sr. 6-1 171 42 Kody Barberena RB-LB Jr. 5-8 147 43 Kevin Barberena RB-LB Jr. 5-7 153 44 Levi Carter RB-LB Sr. 6-1 232 49 Matt LaMaster OL-LB Jr. 5-10 167 50 Kyle Zierke OL Sr. 5-10 195 51 Calin Morganelli OL-LB So. 5-11 176 52 Tyrell Valdivia OL-DL Jr. 6-0 225 53 Lopati Hochee LB-OL Sr. 6-0 203 54 Bryan Barberena OL-LB Sr. 6-0 202 55 Troy Boehm OL Sr. 6-2 231 59 Jeff Karas OL-DL Sr. 5-10 223 60 Jordan Alessi OL-DL Jr. 6-1 182 61 Dan Mora OL Sr. 5-8 185 64 Aaron Trail OL-DE Jr. 6-1 173 65 James Lain OL Jr. 5-10 177 66 Spencer Campbell OL-DL Jr. 5-10 267 68 Matt Anderson OL-DL Sr. 6-6 259 70 Brian Trail OT-DE Jr. 6-2 177 71 Adrian Martinez OL-DL Jr. 6-0 215 72 Zack McClintock OL-DL Sr. 6-0 251 73 Dan Brutinel OL-DL Sr. 6-2 238 74 Michael Bowman OL-DL Jr. 6-2 215 76 Gerardo Ramirez OL-DL Jr. 5-10 195 79 John Vicente OL-DL So. 5-11 231 80 David Frey TE-DE Sr. 6-5 190 81 Todd Ericsson DE-LB Jr. 6-1 180 83 Ty Asay TE-DE Sr. 6-3 204 85 Jordan Magdaleno RB-DL Sr. 6-2 220 86 Nick Randell WR-DE Jr. 6-4 180 88 Jordan Pruzina TE-DE Jr. 6-3 205 Head coach: Lou BeneitoneAssistant coaches: Mark Beneitone, Gabe Gahn, Bill Lachapelle, Micah JohnsonFAST FACTSClass: 4A-IFirst AIA Season: 1911Record since 2000: 38-38Last State playoff appearance: 2006State championships: None2006Record: 9-3Region record (finish):4-1 (T-1st)Playoffs:Beat Independence, 20-13; Lost to Ag.Fria, 26-23, 2OT2007Key Losses: Anthony Guzman, RB; Jeff Seastrand, WR-DB-P; Dan Trail, QB; Eric Petroff, DE; Josh Wederski, LB; Clayton Wright, DE; Mark Winslow, LBKey Returnees:Chris Shipp, RB-DB; Isaac Chavez, LB-WR; Keith Knudsen, RB-DB; Kyle Zierke, OL; Lopati Hochee, LB; Spencer Campbell, OL-DT; Dan Brutinel, OL-DLWatch List: Trevor Cruz, QB; Levi Carter, RB; Dustin Olague, OL; Skyler Branch, WR; Brian Scates, WR; Nick Randle, WR2007 SCHEDULE Date Opponent Time 2006 Result Aug. 31 @ Saguaro 7 p.m. - Sept. 7 Chaparral 7 p.m. - Sept. 14 @ Bradshaw M. 7 p.m. 20-14 Sept. 21 @ Millennium 7 p.m. - Sept. 28 Apollo 7 p.m. 28-17 Oct. 5 @ Sunnyslope 7 p.m. - Oct. 12 Cac. Shdws 7 p.m. - Oct. 19 @ T-Bird 7 p.m. 7-9 Oct. 26 Sandra Day O'C. 7 p.m. - Nov. 2 @ Independence 7 p.m. 0-21* * PHS beat Ind., 20-13, in playoffsBADGERS IN THE 21st CENTURY Year W-L Pct. PF Avg. PA Avg. Playoffs 2000 7-4 .636 23.5 17.9 Lost to Tolleson, 21-0 2001 7-4 .636 25.3 17.4 Lost to Sunnyside, 42-35 2002 2-8 .200 15.6 26.2 Did not qualify 2003 1-9 .100 19.5 33.0 Did not qualify 2004 7-4 .636 32.7 26.2 Lost to Chaparral, 36-7 2005 5-6 .455 24.5 28.6 Lost to Millenm., 30-18 2006 9-3 .750 22.5 15.4 Beat Independ. 20-13; Lost to Ag.Fria, 26-23 SINCE 2000 Record Overall: 38.38, .500 Home: 21-15, .583 Away: 17-23, .425 Playoffs: 1-5, .167 Openers: 3-4, .429 Home Openers: 4-3, .571 Scoring Offense Overall: 1787, 23.5 avg. Home: 963, 26.8 avg. Away: 824, 20.6 avg. Playoffs: 103, 17.2 avg Scoring Defense Overall: 1768, 23.3 avg. Home: 852, 23.7 avg. Away: 916, 22.9 avg. Playoffs: 168, 28.0 avg MISCELLANEOUS Records vs. This Season's Opponents (Since 2000) Opponent W-L Results Saguaro 0-0 Did not play Chaparral 0-1 2004-Lost, 36-7 Bradshaw Mtn. 7-0 2006-Won, 20-14; 2005-Won, 42-31; 2004-Won, 29-7; 2003-Won, 24-21; 2002-Won, 13-6; 2001 Won, 44-0; 2000-Won, 28-14 Millennium 0-1 2005-Lost, 30-18 Apollo 2-0 2006-Won, 28-17; 2005-Won, 35-19 Sunnyslope 1-1 2004-Won, 56-35; 2003-Lost, 31-14 Cactus Shadows 0-0 Did not play Thunderbird 1-1 2006-Lost, 9-7; 2005-Won, 30-15 Sandra Day O'Con. 0-0 Did not play Independence 2-2 2006-Won, 20-13; 2006-Lost, 21-0; 2005-Lost, 41-18; 2000-Won, 42-21 Shutouts: 3 (Oct. 19, 2001 vs. Bradshaw Mtn., Nov. 9, 2001 at Pinnacle; Sept. 10, 2004 at Arcadia) Shutout by Opponent: 4 (Nov. 17, 2000 at Tolleson; Nov. 8, 2002 at Cactus; Nov. 4, 2005 at Cactus; Oct. 13, 2006 vs. Independence) Largest Margin of Victory: 44 (44-0 vs. Bradshaw Mountain, Oct. 19, 2001) Largest Margin of Defeat: 49 (0-49 vs. Cactus, Nov. 4, 2005) Longest Winning Streak: 7 (Sept. 22-Nov. 3, 2000 - beat Arcadia, Bradshaw Mountain, Page, Cortez, Independence, Washington and Moon Valley) Longest Losing Streak: 13 (Oct. 25, 2002-Oct. 31, 2003 - lost to Centennial, Sunrise Mountain, Cactus, Pinnacle, Coconino, Arcadia, Sunnyslope, Payson, Mingus Union, Cactus, Centennial, Pinnacle, Shadow Mountain)