Badgers notch 1st victory with 48-6 blowout over Moon Valley
PRESCOTT — Dellin Boyd and Sam Giordan each scored two touchdowns in the first half to lead the Prescott football team to its first win of the season in a 48-6 rout over Moon Valley on Friday night.
It is the first win for the Badgers (1-2, 0-0 Grand Canyon) at Ken Lindley Field in downtown Prescott since the 1960s as Bill Shepard Field remains under construction during a $2.5 million facelift.
To open the game, Prescott made a statement defensively, forcing a Rockets fumble on their first possession before Giordan made it 7-0 with a 20-yard touchdown.
On the next two possessions offensively for Prescott, Boyd scored touchdowns on back-to-back drives, his second a 5-yard run to make it 20-0 Badgers with 10:46 to go in the second quarter.
And after Giordan made it 27-0 with his second touchdown run of the night with 4:47 left in the first half, Prescott was well on its way to victory.
“Coming out here and beating Moon Valley the way we did, we played hard and played as a team … it was one big team effort to get us there,” Giordan said on the field after the game. “It felt good to get [my] two touchdowns. Our offensive line did good tonight.”
Boyd said it was a “must win” for the Badgers, adding the squad had a good week of practice as he continues to learn the offense, making only his third-career start at quarterback Friday night.
“I’m definitely getting a lot more comfortable, but the offensive line has played great. I have a lot of time in the pocket and when I’m running they create holes you can put a bus through,” Boyd said. “I give all the credit to those guys.”
Prescott head coach Cody Collett said his senior quarterback continues to improve.
“He’s doing a great job, that’s his third varsity start at quarterback and he’s getting better every week,” Collett said, adding it was “important” to get a win over Moon Valley.
“I told the kids, everything feels better when you win, so it was nice to get a win. We played two tough teams [to begin the season] we felt we could beat, and we didn’t quite do it, but we were able to do that tonight.”
Prescott lost 34-24 to Desert Edge in Week 1, then lost 23-13 to Canyon Del Oro last week at home.
Collett credited the defense on holding Moon Valley (0-2, 0-0 Skyline) to only six points, which they scored in the final seconds of the game on a fake field goal try.
“Our defense has played pretty consistently all three weeks, I think. We’ve given up a few big plays, but with our style, that’s going to happen,” Collett said.
LAST GAME AT LINDLEY?
If all goes to plan, the next time Prescott plays a home game, it will be at newly refurbished Bill Shepard Field.
The Badgers are set to welcome rival Flagstaff for that Week 5 matchup Friday, Sept. 20, which is also homecoming week.
Prescott enters Week 4 with a “much-improved” Deer Valley (1-1, 0-0 West Valley) club on the schedule. Kickoff in Glendale is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13.
Phoenix-based Moon Valley has a bye week before hosting Lake Havasu in Week 5 on Friday, Sept. 20. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
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