Prep Football: Badgers thump Coconino, 35-13

Clark’s 2 touchdown passes, Chaffeur Pick-6 the difference

Prescott cornerback John Chaffeur reaches out for an interception, which he returned for a touchdown in the first quarter against Coconino on Friday, Oct. 13, in Flagstaff. (Jim Clark/Courtesy)

Prescott cornerback John Chaffeur reaches out for an interception, which he returned for a touchdown in the first quarter against Coconino on Friday, Oct. 13, in Flagstaff. (Jim Clark/Courtesy)

Quarterback Austin Clark threw two touchdown passes, Ryan Greene ran for a score and John Chaffeur’s Pick-6 capped a 21-point first quarter for the Prescott football team in a 35-13 win over Coconino on Friday night.

It is the third win in the past four weeks for the No. 19-ranked Badgers, which quickly recovered after suffering a 38-6 blowout loss against rival Mingus a week ago.

“When you play as bad as we played last week, [the next week is] always a test of your character,” Prescott head coach Michael Gilpin said in a phone interview Friday night. “We came out smoking and I was proud of the guys for putting last week behind them.”

Gilpin added the last few weeks have revealed the “weird swings” that can happen in football.

“We take on a decent Mingus team and don’t show up. Then do this tonight. … These weird swings of maturity. Ultimately it’s a good crew and I’m proud,” Gilpin said.

Clark opened the game with a 51-yard touchdown pass to Chaffeur at the 8:48 mark in the first quarter.

On Prescott’s the next possession, Sam Giordan scored on a 1-yard TD run, then Chaffeur picked off Coconino quarterback Ty Furr and ran it back for a touchdown to put the Badgers up 21-0 and they never looked back.

Justin Brown put Coconino (1-7, 0-4 Grand Canyon) on the board after a 5-yard TD run made it 21-7 with 3:43 to go before halftime. He had 76 yards rushing on the game.

In the second half, Ryan Greene made it 28-7 on a 4-yard TD run, his first and only score of the night after having two of his touchdowns called back on penalties earlier in the game.

With 3:10 to play in the third quarter, Clark found Dellin Boyd on a 5-yard TD pass to make it 35-7.

Panthers’ quarterback Ty Furr made it 35-13 with 6:34 left on a 1-yard TD pass to Bryce Wright. The 6-foot, 180-pound junior quarterback completed just 11 of 28 passes on the night.

The Badgers (5-3, 3-1 Grand Canyon) improved to a perfect 5-0 on the road this season, but haven’t won a game at home (0-3) in 2017.

“It’s crazy, we’re kind of the road warriors,” Gilpin said.

UP NEXT

Prescott returns home to play its final two regular season games in front of the Badger faithful, the first coming against No. 12-ranked Flagstaff on Friday, Oct. 20.

Flagstaff (6-2, 3-1 Grand Canyon) suffered its first region defeat of the season Friday night against No. 22-ranked Mingus, 41-10.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Brian M. Bergner Jr. is associate sports editor and a columnist for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and SoundCloud at @SportsWriter52, or on Facebook at @SportsAboveTheFold. Reach him at bbergner@prescottaz.com or 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.