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.
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 email@example.com or 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.