The Bradshaw Mountain football team did its part. Now, with a rare Friday night off, the Bears will wait to see if Mingus Union can take care of its business.
The Bears blanked the Sinagua Mustangs 26-0 in a Thursday night duel at the NAU Skydome in Flagstaff. The win continues to distance Bradshaw from its dismal 0-5 start to the season with a fifth consecutive victory.
Attention in the Grand Canyon Region now turns to Mingus Union who will be heavy favorites Friday night against Coconino. Should they prevail, a showdown awaits next week in Prescott Valley on the final night of the regular season when a battle of unbeatens in Bradshaw Mountain and Mingus would decide the region title and automatic playoff berth.
The Bears (5-5, 4-0) looked rusty in the first half Thursday night, leading struggling Sinagua (1-8, 1-3) by a slim 6-0 edge by halftime.
Jacob Dembaugh and Shon Do then rushed in for scores in the second half. Late in regulation, the Bears used the wide lead to get some reps for their JV lineup, and sophomore John Kelly responded with a fourth-quarter touchdown.
The Bears posted their first shutout of the season and have allowed a total of six points the past two weeks.
Mingus will try to catch Bradshaw atop the standings Friday night in Cottonwood against a Coconino team that two weeks ago snapped a 21-game losing streak.