Originally Published: September 5, 2015 12:27 a.m.
PHOENIX - Unable to dig themselves out of an early hole, Prescott succumbed to a Thunderbird squad that put up nearly 300 yards on the ground in a 28-20 win on Friday night.
"We had a chance to win against a really good football team," Prescott head coach Cody Collett said. "We knew it was going to be a dogfight and it was."
Trailing 21-7 with 7:24 remaining in the game, Collett called a timeout on 4th and 9 from Thunderbird's 17-yard-line.
On the ensuing play, Prescott [1-1] senior punter Derek Knotek caught just about everyone in attendance off guard with a 17-yard touchdown pass to junior fullback David Pearce to pull the Badgers within striking distance at 21-14.
But, the Chiefs answered right back on a 7-yard touchdown run by junior Yanni Dorsey to give Thunderbird [2-0] a 28-14 lead, which was good enough for the win.
"Anytime you play a tough team, I think it's good for you. It makes you a better football team," Collett said. "We came up short, but there was no quit in anybody and we're going to battle and battle and battle."
Prescott didn't stop fighting, however, as junior tailback Christian Setter made it 28-20 with a 5-yard touchdown run with 3:33 to play. The excitement came to an end for Badger fans as the Chiefs recovered Prescott's onside kick attempt and promptly ran out the clock.
Setter finished the game with two touchdowns and 104 yards rushing against Thunderbird. He had 18 carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns in Prescott's 49-7 win over Camelback in Week 1.
Thunderbird senior Dominique King set the tone for the Chiefs, putting Thunderbird up 7-0 after a touchdown run to open the game's scoring with 10:43 to play in the first quarter.
At the 5:51 mark in the first quarter, King added another touchdown, this time with a 51-yard run to answer Prescott junior quarterback Dawson Winslow's second interception of the game.
King finished with over 180 yards rushing on the night. He had 21 carries for 195 yards and two touchdowns during the Chiefs' Week 1 during a 29-14 win over Goldwater.
"He was tough and definitely a good back. He got better as the game went on. ... You can't spot a good team like that 14 points," Collett said.
Perhaps the play that sealed the deal for Thunderbird came with 11:07 to go in the fourth quarter when Wittenwyler found senior tight end Marcus Boyd on a 10-yard touchdown catch to put the Chiefs up 21-7.
Defensively for the Badgers, junior defensive lineman Alex Lopez and senior linebacker Luke Roberts each recorded a sack while senior defensive lineman Wyatt Blair had two fumble recoveries and two sacks.
"We're are going to keep battling to get there, I can promise you that," Collette said.
Next up for Prescott, the Badgers will host North Canyon on Friday, Sept. 11. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
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