Defense the story in Prescott-Bradshaw
It was a sight to see as Bill Shepard Field was filled up to capacity. With only standing room, fans sat on the hill by the stands on the home side or up on buildings, if they were unable to stand against the chain linked fences that surrounded the field.
In some cases not always the best team on paper or talent-wise wins the game. On any given Friday night any team can beat another team. That is why they play the game.
Bradshaw was up 3-0 at halftime as both offenses couldn’t get anything going.
Austin Suppes made a huge play in the second half. The free safety came over to help out his fellow defensive back Skyler Branch. When the ball was thrown up for grabs, Suppes came over and made a play on the ball, as he caught it at its highest point and came down with the pick.
“It was my first interception of the year and was one of the greatest feelings ever, the biggest adrenaline rush ever,” said defensive back Austin Suppes. “It was nice to get it against the team I dislike the most. But we need to get our act together and win the rest of our games. We have to fight to win here on out. We can do it, we just have to play hard and tighten up our mistakes. Our defense is strong, and we just have to keep it up.”
One person that was up in the stands cheering on that play for more then one reason was his brother – Badger football alumni Justin Suppes, who played cornerback his senior year for Prescott in 2005.
“I’m proud of my brother with his hustle and all the hard work he put in this summer showed with his tackles and interception,” said alumni Justin Suppes. “Everyone played hard and the defense was outstanding. A few mistakes hurt on offense but overall everyone gave 100 percent and played their hearts out. We have to put that game behind us and get ready for this week and finish the season strong.”
With the potential go ahead game-winning field goal from 44 yards out, everyone was on their feet cheering. The snap got to the holder, but pressure up the middle forced kicker Brenden Howell to get the ball higher, as he kicked it in order for it to not get blocked. The ball traveled high through the air. When the ball approached the cross bars of the goal post it died and dived directly in to the cross bars and bounced back.
The Badgers had the ball first and punched it into the end zone, but had the extra point blocked. Bradshaw took the field needing a touchdown to win the game. The Bears scored with a run up the middle that reminded the Prescott faithful exactly of a game last season that ended it for them in the second round of the playoffs against Agua Fria.
The extra point gave the Bears the win with a final score of 17-16. Only the second time that Bradshaw has beat the Badgers in the rivalry, with this one being another one-point win as the last one was 10 years ago.
Prescott held the Bears offense to an astonishing four total yards of passing on the night, as Bradshaw held the Badgers offense to an amazing 75 total rushing yards on 33 carries.
The final score read 17-16 Bradshaw, in a tough hard-nosed game.
On a positive note for Prescott, defensive leader/team captain Isaac Chavez should start practicing this week. The defense looks like they are getting back into last year’s dominant form.
“I personally played tough, gave it my all and had some good plays,” Bryan Barberena said. “The team had mistakes and quite a bit of penalties which can really change a game. We’re already putting that game behind us and getting ready for Millennium this week. We’re hungry for a win.”