Mengarelli breaks own rushing record in Prescott football win
For the second time in three weeks, Prescott High senior tailback Brady Mengarelli broke the Badgers' single-game school rushing record. This time he broke his own mark with an incredible 335-yard performance Friday night in Phoenix.
Mengarelli ran for five touchdowns and eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing barrier for the season in guiding the Badgers to a 52-7 blowout victory over Moon Valley to spoil the Rockets' Homecoming.
With the win, Division II No. 15-ranked Prescott improved its record to 3-1, while the D-III No. 33 Rockets dipped to 1-3.
In a 56-28 PHS victory over Glendale Deer Valley Aug. 31 at Bill Shepard Field, Mengarelli rushed 19 times for a then-single-game Badger record 316 yards and four TDs. Through just four games in 2012, Mengarelli has rushed for 1,055 yards and 13 touchdowns.
On Friday, Prescott led the Rockets 33-7 at halftime on the strength of Mengarelli's three second-quarter TDs. He had a pair of 70-yard scoring runs in the first half alone.
Fellow Badgers running back Kayne Bayze pitched in by scoring one second-half TD, as did QB Nick Rock, who reached pay dirt on a 43-yard jaunt.
Perhaps the only chinks in Prescott's armor were that it missed four extra points and committed several sloppy penalties. The Badgers scored 52 points despite the referee instituting a running clock in the last 9 minutes of regulation.
The PHS defense also had its way with Moon Valley, unofficially sacking Rockets QB Israel Vega six times before halftime. Vega eventually left the game with an injury, as he was seen walking the sideline on crutches late in the second half.
Defensive back Gunner Wilken paced the Badgers' D, as he had an interception for a touchdown in the first quarter that buoyed his team early.
The Badgers will entertain Cave Creek Cactus Shadows next Friday in their Homecoming game. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Bill Shepard Field.