Originally Published: October 22, 2016 6 a.m.
FLAGSTAFF – Ryan Greene ran for over 180 yards and three touchdowns, quarterback Austin Clark threw for another and the Prescott football team shook off its recent struggles at the Walkup Skydome with a 43-12 win over rival Flagstaff on Friday night.
“It feels good to get that monkey off our backs,” first-year Prescott head coach Michael Gilpin said about his squad’s past struggles in the dome. “The boys came up here on a mission, the bus ride was quiet all the way up here and the seniors took the lead.”
The win gives No. 20-ranked Prescott a 4-1 record in 2A Grand Canyon region play, setting up a monster rivalry game next week against Bradshaw Mountain, which improved to 5-0 in Grand Canyon play with a 54-28 win over Mohave.
And with Mingus (6-3, 5-1 Grand Canyon) claiming a 78-6 victory over Coconino, all three teams could potentially finish the regular season in a three-way tie for a region title.
Clark kicked off the game’s scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run, capping a 99-yard drive to give Prescott a 6-0 lead with 1:18 to play in the first quarter.
After David Pearce scored on a 9-yard run to make it 12-0, Greene found the end zone for his first touchdown of the night on a 55-yard run to make it 18-0 with 2:52 to go before halftime.
In the third quarter, John Chaffeur picked off Flagstaff quarterback Christian Singleton, setting up a 33-yard field goal by Bryce Peters to give the Badgers a 29-0 lead at the 4:45 mark and they never looked back.
Flagstaff scored two touchdowns late after the game was decided, the first a 29-yard pass from Singleton to Avery Wilson, and the second on a 35-yard touchdown pass to Joseph Sedillo.
Gilpin credited his defense with a great effort Friday night.
“They don’t want to give points up, they want to hit guys and they want to sack the quarterback,” Gilpin said. “Our defense did it all tonight.”
Prescott (6-3, 4-1 Grand Canyon) will travel to cross-town rival Bradshaw Mountain for the regular season finale Friday, Oct. 28.
The Badgers more than likely need to beat the Bears if they are to qualify for the 4A conference state playoffs come Nov. 4.
Kickoff in Prescott Valley is set for 7 p.m.
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