Originally Published: October 9, 2016 6 a.m.
FLAGSTAFF – Bradshaw Mountain High’s football team came from behind to defeat Coconino, 55-32, after outscoring the Panthers 35-6 in the second half of a Grand Canyon Region contest Friday night, Oct. 7.
With the victory, the 4A Conference No. 13-ranked Bears took sole possession of first place in the region with a 3-0 mark while improving to 5-2 overall. Coconino dipped to 1-2 and 2-5. Bradshaw has won three straight. Coco has lost three in a row.
Bradshaw trailed 26-20 at halftime, but Bradshaw senior transfer Olijah Sally rushed for 110 yards and scored three touchdowns, including the game-tying 36-yard score with 10 minutes and 35 seconds left in the third quarter. His other TD scampers went for 8 yards and 20 yards, respectively.
Sally sat out Bradshaw’s first five games after transferring from Illinois in the offseason and yet he has quickly made an impression in the two games he’s played.
The Bears claimed the lead for good, 34-26, with 4:31 to go in the third on Coco’s Homecoming. Bradshaw overcame a solid performance from Coco tailback David Quick, who ran for more than 100 yards on 14 carries and two TDs.
Panthers tailback Kyle Sauer’s 1-yd TD run with 23 seconds left in the third cut the Bears’ lead to 34-32. But Bradshaw benefited from four Panthers turnovers, which helped the visitors take control and run down the clock.
Bears wideout/cornerback Ryan Shaver hauled in eight receptions for 128 yards to go along with a 39-yard interception return for TD off a Sally tip at the line of scrimmage.
Bears senior quarterback Gunner Bundrick, who has thrown for more than 1,700 yards and 20 touchdowns this season, finished Friday’s game with 218 yards passing and rushed for 41 yards and a TD.
Other offensive standouts for Bradshaw were Reece Thompson, Tye Garcia (TD run), kicker Brandon Fischer (6 points) and Abe Hernandez, who scored on a 10-yard TD run with 2:36 left in regulation for the 55-32 Bears’ edge that stood.
Defensively, free safety Luke Huenemeyer led the way with nine tackles.
Bradshaw Mountain will play host to region foe Lee Williams (1-3 region, 3-4 overall) at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Bob Pavlich Field in Prescott Valley.
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