Prep Football: Bradshaw Mountain kicks off state tourney with win
PRESCOTT VALLEY - There wasn't much celebrating after Bradshaw Mountain's 33-10 first-round playoff victory against No. 11 Shadow Mountain at Bob Pavlich Field on Friday.
The sixth-seeded Bears (9-2) knew the contest was just one more step toward their ultimate goal, which is to win the Class 4A, Division-I state championship.
"Everything is business as usual," BMHS running back Shon Do said. "No playoff game is an upset for us. We're trying to go all the way."
Quarterback Tyler Audsley might give Bradshaw Mountain a chance to do just that.
The junior led the team, completing 9 of 16 passes for 162 yards. All of Audsley's passes were caught by senior James Reyes, who finished with nine catches for a game-high 162 yards.
"(Audsley) just doesn't let up," Do said. "He's never the guy to get a big head and get too cocky. He faces every game like it's his last."
Audsley also had 11 carries for game-high 128 yards with one touchdown.
"When he runs, he runs with authority," Bears coach Chuck Apap said. "He runs people over. He's been in our weight room a lot and you can see it on the football field."
In addition to dominating on offense, Audsley also made a key interception on defense.
The two-way starter picked off a ball with 11:48 left in the half that helped Bradshaw Mountain jump out to an early 10-0 lead.
"He set me up on the post and I felt him break out and I knew he was heading for the corner," Audsley said. "I saw the quarterback throw, I just turned around, looked up and he threw the jump ball and I just went after it."
After the pick, the Bears took over on the Shadow Mountain 48-yard line.
Kicker Andy Rosas capped off an 11-play, 48-yard drive, converting a 27-yard field goal with 7:56 remaining in the second quarter.
Junior running back Carlos Gonzales scored the first touchdown of the game from four yards out midway through the first.
Gonzales injured his leg in the first half and didn't return. He finished with two carries for four yards.
The Matadors narrowed the lead to seven points, after kicker Sean Murray nailed a 42-yard field goal with a little more than two minutes to play in the half.
The Bears struggled with Shadow Mountain's offense early on.
"It was tough for a second, because they changed their offense a little bit," Rosas said.
The Matadors started the game running the ball, which was different than what BMHS had watched on film.
But, Shadow Mountain didn't stick with their ground attack for long as the Bears started to pull away.
Rosas made a 43-yard field goal as time expired in the first half, giving Bradshaw Mountain a 13-3 lead.
BMHS came out of the break moving the ball well, scoring on their first offensive possession.
A 29-yard Reyes catch and a Troy Boyle 43-yard run set up a 10-yard Do score.
"The key to moving the ball was staying on our blocks," the senior running back said.
Do had 14 carries for 75 yards and two touchdowns.
The Matadors answered with a 53-yard touchdown pass with 2:16 remaining in the third.
That would be as close as they would get.
The BMHS defense shut down Shadow Mountain, limiting its offense to 251 yards with only eight first downs.
The Bears had 427 yards of offense, 16 first downs and turned the ball over just once.
"We played good defense. We knew they were a good football team and we wanted to control things, and we did," Apap said.
Audsley ran for a 20-yard TD at the start of the fourth quarter to make it 27-10 and Do sealed the victory with a 13-yard touchdown run with 4:46 left.
Bradshaw Mountain will travel to Scottsdale on Friday, to play its second-round playoff game against No. 3 Saguaro (9-2).
Saguaro defeated No. 14 Phoenix Moon Valley 56-28 to advance.
"Saguaro, we know they are a hard team," Rosas said. "We played them in the scrimmage (before the season). We beat them there, but that doesn't really mean anything. We know what they like to run, but we know it's going to be a hard game."