Column: Badger, Bear foes making statement
Right from the start, the head coaches at both Prescott and Bradshaw Mountain claimed they had tough schedules.
They weren't kidding.
Mingus Union and Notre Dame Prep played for the Class 4A-II State championship on Friday night and the Saints won the title with a 49-32 victory.
If it slipped your mind, Bradshaw Mountain played both of those teams very tough and many believe they should've won both games.
Notre Dame Prep beat the Bears 27-22 on the last play of the game with a "Hail Mary" TD pass.
Later during the final game of the regular-season, Mingus rallied late in the fourth quarter at home to pull out a 19-16 win over Bradshaw.
Oh, so close.
As the saying goes, championship teams find a way to win. In both of those cases, Notre Dame and Mingus found a way to defeat Bradshaw. Sure enough, they battled through the postseason to meet in the finals.
In 4A-I, Saguaro and Canyon del Oro will meet today for the championship in their classification. And yes, both of those teams were on the Prescott schedule.
In fact, they were the only two teams that defeated the Badgers by a double-digit margin. Prescott lost to Saguaro, 35-3, in the opener and fell to Canyon del Oro, 34-0, in the second round of the playoffs.
Seeing how these teams are performing in the playoff pressure cooker is enlightening. They can serve as a measuring stick, so to speak, for the locals.
Knowing the competitive nature of Lou Beneitone and Chuck Apap, I bet they're salivating at the thought of another shot at these teams next season.
Roll the game film.