Badgers survive crazy first half, defeat Moon Valley 27-10
PHOENIX - Other than the last 5 minutes of the first half, both the Prescott and Moon Valley offenses didn't make much noise, but the Badger football team scored when needed to earn a hard-fought 27-10 road victory on Friday night.
"I didn't have a good game calling plays, but our players stepped up and did a nice job despite that," Prescott head coach Cody Collett said. "Obviously our defense played phenomenal and I thought our offense did a great job. I'm proud of our effort."
Leading 7-3 with 5:15 to play in the first half, Prescott [3-1 Overall] sophomore quarterback Ryan Greene coughed up his first of two turnovers as he was sacked by Moon Valley senior defensive lineman Javon Grimes. Grimes recovered the fumble to give the Rockets possession.
With their backs against the wall, however, the Badgers defense stood tall as linebacker Kyle Peach intercepted Rocket junior quarterback Nathan Pollard on the 30-yard-line and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown, giving Prescott a 14-3 lead with 3:11 to play in the first half.
"Kyle Peach has some really sticky hands," Collett said with a laugh.
It was the senior's second interception return for a touchdown in as many weeks for Prescott, the first coming in a 53-26 win over North Canyon last week.
Moon Valley [0-4 Overall] would answer quickly as senior wide receiver Nick Carlon returned the ensuing kickoff 85-yards for a touchdown to make it 14-10.
But the fireworks didn't stop there.
After a 55-yard kickoff return by Prescott senior Isaiah Washington, Greene connected with junior wide receiver Dawson Winslow on a 44-yard touchdown throw with 1:26 remaining in the first half to make it 20-10.
Green had 69 yards passing to go along with a touchdown and ran 90 yards for another score, which came at the 3:04 mark in the first quarter on a 5-yard run with Prescott down 3-0.
When asked if Green's effort on the field against Moon Valley has solidified himself as the No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart for the Badgers, Collett said if so, it's not because of anything Winslow "didn't do" during his time under center.
"Dawson [Winslow] is a great athlete and he's done a great job at H [back]. I think we are at our strongest with Ryan [Greene] at quarterback and Dawson at H with his speed," Collett said. "We want them on the field at the same time."
The second half of the football game produced only one score, a 24-yard touchdown run by junior running back Christian Setter with 4:17 to play to seal the deal for the Badgers.
Next up, Prescott will head south again Friday, Sept. 25, as they continue a three-week road swing at Greenway. On Friday, Oct. 2, the Badgers will travel to Flagstaff. Kickoff for both games is at 7 p.m.
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