Prep Football - Game of the Week: Prescott travels to play Young, Mingus
The Prescott High football team will likely miss out on making the playoffs this season, but that doesn't mean the team isn't motivated, especially tonight as it travels to play Division IV No. 12 Cottonwood Mingus.
Game time is 7 p.m.
Mingus coach Bob Young had accepted the Prescott High coaching job in the spring and then bolted back to Cottonwood after spending less than a month with the Badgers.
That didn't sit well with fans and certainly not with the players, who were left without a coach until current PHS coach Steve Moran stepped in.
"It's probably in their mind," Moran said about his players' feelings about getting back at Young. "They haven't said anything... but it's probably a small advantage for us."
The Badgers (3-4) will have their hands full however, as the team will face a tough Mingus rushing attack.
"They like to run the football a whole bunch," Moran said. "They run it with about four different guys."
The Marauders pass the ball only 10-percent of the time, Moran said.
Mingus, which has an overall record of 4-3, is 2-1 at home this season. The team has also won four of its last five games.
PHS is well equipped to stop the Marauders' offense, as it has given up an average of less than 10 points is its last three games.
Bradshaw Mountain defeated Mingus 21-7 in Prescott Valley on Sept. 2.
On offense, the Badgers would also like to control the clock with their run game, but don't be surprised is they test Mingus' pass defense.
"If there was a weakness, I think it's in the secondary," Moran said.
Starting quarterback Brad Hall and runningback Brady Mengarelli will likely take turns taking snaps, as Mengarelli will run the offense out of a "Wildcat" formation.
With three games left in the regular season, Prescott has a chance to pick up its first road win in 2011.
The Badgers are 0-3 when playing away from home.