Badgers claim homecoming victory over Mohave, 43-14

Greene scores 3 TDs in rout

A.J. McCracken (25) sprints down the sideline for a 36-yard touchdown run, giving the Badgers a 16-0 lead in the first quarter Friday, Sept. 30, at homecoming. Prescott (4-2, 2-0 4A Grand Canyon) earned a 43-14 win over Mohave. (Brian M. Bergner Jr./The Daily Courier)

A.J. McCracken (25) sprints down the sideline for a 36-yard touchdown run, giving the Badgers a 16-0 lead in the first quarter Friday, Sept. 30, at homecoming. Prescott (4-2, 2-0 4A Grand Canyon) earned a 43-14 win over Mohave. (Brian M. Bergner Jr./The Daily Courier)

PRESCOTT – Quarterback Ryan Greene had three rushing touchdowns, David Pearce ran for nearly 180 yards and the Prescott football team won its third straight game with a 43-14 win over Mohave on homecoming Friday night.

“These guys have a lot of heart and character. Now we have some important games coming up,” first-year Prescott head coach Michael Gilpin said in a postgame interview.

Pearce set the tone early, scoring on an 85-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage for Prescott, which debuted at No. 16 in this season’s first 4A conference power point poll released by the AIA earlier this week.

After the Badger defense forced a safety on Mohave’s first possession, A.J. McCracken followed up Pearce’s touchdown with a 36-yard score of his own, giving Prescott a 16-0 lead with 47 seconds to play in the first quarter.

by Brian M. Bergner Jr.

In the second quarter, Greene’s first touchdown of the night came on a 21-yard run with 1:17 to play in the first half, giving Prescott a 23-0 lead.

Mohave (0-6, 0-4 4A Grand Canyon) gave Badger fans a scare with two third-quarter scores to cut Prescott’s lead, 23-14, but Greene’s second touchdown at the 11:41 mark in the fourth quarter gave his team some breathing room.

Greene put the game away with his third rushing score with 5:43 remaining to make it 37-14, and backup quarterback Austin Clark’s touchdown run with 1:39 to play wrapped up the Badger scoring.

NEXT UP

Prescott (4-2, 2-0 4A Grand Canyon) will travel to Cottonwood and play Mingus on Friday, Oct. 7.

The Marauders (3-3, 2-1 4A Grand Canyon) suffered a 27-14 loss at the hands of Bradshaw Mountain on Friday night.

“We have Bob Young and Mingus next week. We have a lot of respect for Mingus,” Gilpin said. “We’re going to try and go over there and hit them hard … and have a battle.”

Kickoff Oct. 7 between Prescott and Mingus is set for 7 p.m.

Brian M. Bergner Jr. is a sports writer and columnist for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Periscope and SoundCloud at @SportsWriter52, or on Facebook at @SportsAboveTheFold. Reach him by phone at 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.