Prescott football posts 3rd straight shutout in win
Behind a stingy defense and an offense that's diversifying its attack with each passing week, the Prescott High football team looks more and more like a Division II playoff contender.
Friday night on the road, the D-II No. 13-ranked Badgers recorded their third straight shutout and fourth overall, pasting D-II No. 25 Kingman, 31-0, to improve their record to 7-2.
In the last three games alone, PHS has outscored the opposition a whopping 69-0.
Prescott's defense has not been scored on in the past 12 quarters of regulation dating back to a 21-0 win over Goldwater Oct. 5 in Phoenix. The Kingman contest marked the fifth time the Badgers have held an opponent to seven points or less.
On Friday, PHS quarterback Nick Rock threw two long touchdown passes of 35 and 21 yards to wideout D.J. Schroeder.
Badgers' star running back Brady Mengarelli, who entered the Kingman game with 1,712 yards rushing, unofficially ran for 90-plus yards and a TD, which came in the first quarter and was his 22nd of the season.
The Badgers led 19-0 after the first quarter and were never threatened by the Bulldogs, whose record dipped to 3-6.
Aiding in the scoring effort for Prescott was tailback Kaine Bayze, who unofficially had 90-plus yards rushing and a 20-yard TD run in the first half.
Defensively, Bayze, who also plays linebacker, notched his team-best seventh sack of the season, while defensive back Jon Jarman and LB Sterling Johnson each had an interception.
Prescott carried a 19-0 lead into halftime and pushed the edge to 26-0 late in the third quarter on Rock's second TD strike to Schroeder.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Badgers defense scored on a safety shortly after the PHS offense fumbled near the goal line to go ahead 28-0.
PHS kicker Zach Koehler, who missed two extra points and a field goal on the night, redeemed himself with 2:46 left in the contest by drilling a 23-yard FG to seal the win.
The Badgers end the regular season at 7 p.m. next Friday when they play host to D-I No. 15 Glendale Mountain Ridge at Bill Shepard Field.