Austin Clark rushes for school-record 7 TDs in 56-7 rout of Deer Valley
Badgers have won two straight, outscoring opponents 99-7
PRESCOTT — Quarterback Austin Clark had 24 carries for 398 yards and a school-record seven rushing touchdowns as Prescott football recorded its second-straight blowout win with a 56-7 victory over Deer Valley on Friday night.
The Badgers beat Moon Valley 43-0 in Phoenix a week ago.
“The past two weeks we’ve gone 99-7 with both of our opponents and that is just purely due to our offensive line,” Clark said on the field after the game. “We could not do it without them, and tonight, I would never be able to do what I did if it wasn’t for our offensive line.”
According to the Prescott athletic department records book, Brady Mengarelli scored five rushing touchdowns twice in 2012 (Moon Valley, Cactus Shadows), while Brian Scates scored five against Thunderbird in 2008.
Mengarelli had six total touchdowns against Cactus Shadows in 2012, a year he rushed for 1,940 total yards.
“He’s really become a weapon. Seven touchdowns, that’s very impressive. The offensive line did a great job opening holes,” Prescott head coach Cody Collett said of his quarterback, Clark. “We had a lot of other guys do some things too, but Austin and the offensive line were very special tonight.”
It is the second-straight win for the Badgers (2-1, 0-0 Grand Canyon), which amassed 515 total yards on the ground against a Skyhawks club that surrendered 49 points against Thunderbird a week ago.
Up 7-0 in the first quarter, junior outside linebacker Aaron Greene recorded his third punt block in two weeks, and on the ensuing play, Clark scored on a 10-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0 with 1:58 left in the first quarter.
Greene had two punt blocks go for two touchdowns last week against Moon Valley in the first quarter.
Clark followed with scoring touchdowns of 63, 46, 45 and 58-yard runs in the second quarter, scoring 24 of his team’s 28 points in the quarter.
“Those last few were all offensive line, they laid down the hammer. They were throwing kids past me, I didn’t get touched on a couple of them,” Clark said.
Deer Valley (0-3, 0-0 West Valley) managed only one score, a 42-yard touchdown pass from Payton Hisey Ja’Wan Casteal with 42 ticks left in the first half.
With six extra point field goals Friday, senior kicker Bryce Peters is now the No. 1 scoring kicker in school history, according to Collett, passing Trevor Wares who previously held the record with 101 total points. Wares played in 1988-89.
HALL OF FAME
The Prescott Athletic Hall of Fame hosted its annual banquet Friday, inducting several former Badger standouts.
Nathan Howard, John Middlemore, Eric Fogler and the entire 1990-91 girls basketball team were inducted.
Howard led Prescott in boys soccer from 1998 to 2000, scoring 24 goals. He was selected an all-state performer.
Middlemore averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds per game his senior season for the Badger basketball team, making all-state. The 1990-91 girls basketball team went 21-4 overall, making it to the 4A state finals.
Prescott opens Grand Canyon region play next week as they take a road trip to play the rival Eagles in Flagstaff. The Eagles (1-2, 0-0 Grand Canyon) lost 18-10 against Tempe on Friday night.
“They are a ground-and-pound team,” Toppert said about Flagstaff. “We have to stop them from playing keep away on us. They’ve done a good job of that in the past. We’ve gone up there to the dome, they play keep away, churning out 4 yards and a cloud of dust. They have three powerful running backs, so that will be a point of emphasis this week.”
Kickoff at the Walkup Skydome on the campus of Northern Arizona University is set for 7:30 p.m.
Brian M. Bergner Jr. is sports editor for The Daily Courier of Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and SoundCloud at @SportsEditorJR. Email email@example.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.