Originally Published: August 31, 2018 10:35 p.m.
Updated as of Friday, August 31, 2018 11:55 PM
Aaron Greene scores 2 TDs on two first-quarter punt blocks; Badgers now 1-1
PHOENIX — Quarterback Austin Clark rushed for 134 yards and three touchdowns, Aaron Greene scored twice on two punt blocks in the first quarter and the Prescott football team shutout Moon Valley 43-0 for their first win of the season Friday night.
Prescott assistant coach Cody Collett, who coached Friday night’s contest in Phoenix after head coach Michael Gilpin was put on leave Thursday, said Clark “really ran the ball hard” against the Rockets.
“I think our tempo wore them (Moon Valley) down a bit,” Collett said in a phone interview late Friday night.
AROUND THE GRAND CANYON
Friday, Aug. 31, Scores
Bradshaw Mountain 54, Youngker 14
Prescott 43, Moon Valley 0
Mingus 24, Mesquite 21
Coconino 27, Carl Hayden 0
Flagstaff 28, Dysart 7
Lake Havasu 35, Mohave 21
Lee Williams 28, River Valley 14
After Greene scored on a blocked punt to put the Badgers up 7-0, Prescott forced a three-and-out on Moon Valley’s next possession and once again, Greene came up big, recovering another blocked punt for a score to put the Badgers up 13-0 with 8:59 to play in the first quarter.
Greene was credited with both blocked punts, Collett said.
“Aaron was extremely impressive tonight. He’s so long, and he had good technique. He took the ball right off the foot,” Collett said. “Any time you start the game with two punt blocks, that’s a huge momentum swing.”
In the second quarter, Sam Giordan’s 37-yard run set up Clark’s first touchdown run of the night on a 5-yard scamper, making it 20-0, then scored on a quarterback sneak with 1:27 left in the first half to give Prescott a 27-0 lead at halftime.
After a Bryce Peters field goal to make it 30-0, Clark would score his third touchdown of the night on a 19-yard run to seal the deal with 11:52 left in the game.
Moon Valley (0-2, 0-0 Skyline) has failed to score in eight-straight quarters to begin the season. The Rockets were shut out in Week 2 by Desert Edge, 26-0.
The Badgers (1-1, 0-0 Grand Canyon) lost 40-17 in Week 1 against that same Desert Edge squad, then were forced to reschedule with Canyon del Oro a week ago after lightning forced officials to postpone the game.
Prescott returns home to host Deer Valley on Friday, Sept. 7. The Skyhawks (0-2, 0-0 West Valley) lost 49-35 to Thunderbird on Friday night after opening the season Week 2 with a 40-21 loss to Arcadia.
Kickoff Friday night against Deer Valley is set for 7 p.m.
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