Josh Grant throws 4 TDs as Bears shut out Mohave 56-0 to open season
Updated as of Sunday, October 4, 2020 1:01 PM
BULLHEAD CITY — Quarterback Josh Grant threw for 229 yards and four touchdowns, running back Elijah Acuna had two scores and the Bradshaw Mountain football team earned their first shutout since 2017 with a 56-0 victory over Mohave on Friday afternoon.
It is Bob Young’s first victory as coach of the Bears after being hired in the offseason to replace Chuck Moller, who unexpectedly passed away in May.
Young, who led Bradshaw Mountain rival Mingus for years in Cottonwood, said he wasn’t surprised at all how well the Bears did in the air.
“We’re keeping the same offensive philosophy as they’ve had in the last few seasons,” said Young, who is a typical Wing-T formation-type offensive coach. “These guys aren’t Wing-T guys. Coach Gary Cook has had these guys for three years. They have this offense down, so it’s a little different for me.”
Grant completed 14 of 20 passes and ran for 67 yards against the Thunderbirds (0-1, 0-1 Grand Canyon), which managed only 43 yards and one first down offensively against a stingy Bears defense.
“They were overwhelming. I was very pleased,” Young said about his defense. “Our defense had a great game plan, we thought we could have a really good defense this year.”
Acuna’s 1-yard touchdown run put the Bears on the board at the 5:54 mark in the first quarter to make it 8-0. Grant than proceeded to throw four touchdown passes in the Bears’ next six possessions offensively, capping it off with a 65-yard strike to wideout Moises Hernandez to begin the second half to make it 49-0.
Hernandez had five catches for 109 yards to go along with his touchdown reception.
Makhy Phetinta had four catches for 111 yards and a score as well for the Bears (1-0, 1-0 Grand Canyon), which are now 9-0 all-time against Mohave and 18-26-1 in season openers since 1976.
Backup sophomore quarterback Grady Rose had a fun moment near the end of the second quarter, throwing a 47-yard touchdown to Phetinta, his first career high school throw.
“I laughed and looked at Josh [Grant] and said you might have just lost your job as starter,” Young chuckled, adding that Grant was on the sideline for a play due to a helmet issue and the referee taking him out.
“Josh is our quarterback, but we’re blessed to have two guys like that,” Young said, adding that Rose, who is a sophomore, is “special” and will be the future of the Bears soon enough.
Bradshaw Mountain returns to Prescott Valley in Week 2 as the Bears host Flagstaff (1-0, 1-0 Grand Canyon) on Friday, Oct. 9. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Mohave heads south in Week 2 to face the Marauders in Cottonwood. Kickoff at Mingus (0-1, 0-1 Grand Canyon) is scheduled for 7 p.m.
2020 Season At A Glance
Grand Canyon Region Standings
Week 1 (Oct. 2)
Place, (Rank*) Team, Region, Overall
T-1st, Bradshaw Mountain, 1-0, 1-0
T-1st, Flagstaff, 1-0, 1-0
T-1st, Lee Williams, 1-0, 1-0
4th, Coconino, 0-0, 1-0
T-5th, Prescott, 0-1, 0-1
T-5th, Mingus, 0-1, 0-1
T-5th, Mohave, 0-1, 0-1
(*)AIA power point poll released Week 6 (Nov. 3)
Week 1 Schedule (Oct. 2)
Flagstaff 7, Mingus 0
Bradshaw Mountain 56, Mohave 0
Lee Williams 31, Prescott 145
Coconino 29, Marcos de Niza 28 OT
Week 2 Schedule (Oct. 9)
Flagstaff at Bradshaw Mountain, 7 p.m.
Coconino at Lee Williams, 7 p.m.
Mohave at Mingus, 7 p.m.
Apache Junction at Prescott, 7 p.m.
Week 3 Schedule (Oct. 16)
Lee Williams at Bradshaw Mountain, 7 p.m.
Combs at Mingus, 7 p.m.
Coconino at Prescott, 7 p.m.
Flagstaff at Mohave, 7 p.m.
Week 4 Schedule (Oct. 23)
Mohave at Coconino, 4 p.m.
Bradshaw Mountain at Mingus, 7 p.m.
Lee Williams at Shadow Mountain, 7 p.m.
Prescott at Flagstaff, 7:30 p.m.
Week 5 Schedule (Oct. 30-31)
Bradshaw Mountain at Coconino, 7 p.m.
Mingus at Lee Williams, 7 p.m.
Mohave at Prescott, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 31
Cactus at Flagstaff, 1 p.m.
Week 6 Schedule (Nov. 6)
Prescott at Bradshaw Mountain, 7 p.m.
Lee Williams at Flagstaff, 7 p.m.
Coconino at Mingus, 7 p.m.
Greenway at Mohave, 7 p.m.
(Watch this website for more scheduling and results as the season progresses.)
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