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11/2/2012 10:46:00 PM
Div. 2 Football: Ironwood Ridge 52, PHS 14
Playoff blowout sends Prescott football to early exit
Friday’s Scores
Division I, First Round

Westview 56, Pinnacle 20

Hamilton 44, Highland 14

Red Mountain 45, Buena 6

Desert Vista 35, Basha 28

Mountain Pointe 49, Cibola 0

Division II, First Round

Ironwood Ridge 52, Prescott 14

Apollo 24, Horizon 20

Mountain View 19, Cienega 17

Centennial 49, Sahuaro 7

Chaparral 45, Perry 7

Salpointe 45, Notre Dame 9

Division III, First Round

Desert Edge 28, Shdw Ridge 3

Nogales 29, Sabino 14

Thunderbird 34, Maricopa 28

Canyon St. 63, Agua Fria 27

Sahuarita 70, Sunrise Mtn. 14

Saguaro 42, Cactus 14

Wllms Fld 20, Campo Verde 12

Division IV, First Round

Buckeye 28, Winslow 7

Chandler Seton 61, Chinle 0

Blue Ridge 57, Globe 7

Empire 28, Estrella Foothills 21

Division V, First Round

NW Christian 56, Sedona 7

Morenci 53, Bourgade 29

Scotts. Christian 55, Pinon 0

The Daily Courier


Making its first postseason appearance since 2008 Friday night, the Prescott High football team simply could not hang with a quick, bruising Ironwood Ridge club.

Nighthawks' star running back Anthony Braunreiter scored four touchdowns and the IRHS defense stymied the Badgers the entire evening en route to Ironwood Ridge's 52-14 victory in the first round of the Division II state playoffs in Oro Valley northwest of Tucson.

No. 14-seeded Prescott's defense, which pitched three straight shutouts in October, did not fare well these past two weeks against superior competition and finished the 2012 season with a 7-4 overall record.

D-I Glendale Mountain Ridge handed the Badgers a 42-14 loss in the final week of the regular season at Bill Shepard Field before Friday's disheartening loss, which marked the first time all season PHS lost back-to-back games.

In fact, the third-seeded Nighthawks, who improved to 10-1, scored on every one of their first-half possessions, as they built a commanding 45-6 halftime lead.

Penalties and turnovers plagued Prescott the past two weeks. However, against the Nighthawks, the difference came down to Ironwood Ridge's superior size, strength and speed. Prescott junior linebacker Kaine Bayze - one of the hometown team's best defenders -was ineligible for the first round of the playoffs because of a football-related suspension tied to last week's game.

On Friday, Braunreiter was a one-man wrecking crew, as the Nighthawks rolled to a 24-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Braunreiter opened the scoring with a 5-yard TD run with 7:13 left in the opening period.

The Nighthawks then recovered a PHS fumble at the Badger 15-yard line that led to Braunreiter's second TD, a 3-yard run, with 6:03 to go for the 14-0 edge.

It only got worse for Prescott.

After a Badger punt, Ironwood Ridge and its quarterback, Tyler Williams, once again penetrated deep into PHS territory.

Although they failed to convert on third down in that series, Nighthawk kicker Nathan Farmer booted a field goal to push the advantage to 17-0 with 3:28 left in the first.

Little more than two minutes later, Braunreiter reached pay dirt with his third rushing TD - a 1-yard jaunt that put the hosts in front 24-0.

On the last play of the first quarter, Prescott QB Nick Rock fumbled and Ironwood Ridge recovered. The Nighthawks subsequently took a 31-0 lead with 9:54 remaining in second quarter on a TD from wideout Cris Thorson.

On the Badgers' ensuing possession, tailback Brady Mengarelli tried to breathe some life back into his team, running up the gut for a 33-yard gain that put PHS at midfield. But the drive failed to materialize.

Prescott pinned Ironwood Ridge deep in its own end after a punt, but Williams sprinted 98 yards for a TD to put the Nighthawks ahead 38-0 midway through the second quarter.

Ironwood Ridge didn't let up, though, as it scored on a 65-yard TD pass from Williams to wideout John Klass to make it 45-0 late in second.

One of the lone bright spots for Prescott came when Mengarelli threw a 40-yard TD pass to tight end Jared Tiefenthaler in the final half-minute before intermission. Nonetheless, PHS trailed 45-6 at halftime after kicker Zach Koehler's extra point was blocked.

Braunreiter scored his fourth and final TD in the third quarter, extending Ironwood Ridge's lead to 52-6. The Badgers' Chris Wright later reached pay dirt, and PHS followed up the TD with a 2-point conversion that ultimately resulted in the 52-14 final.

In the D-II quarterfinals next Friday, Ironwood Ridge will play host to No. 6 seed Glendale Apollo, which defeated 11th-seeded Scottsdale Horizon, 24-20, in its first-round contest.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Article comment by: You guys barely won 2 games this year.

Uh No. LOL.... YOu guys were 2-8 this year. We were 4-6 last year with some really close games, could have been 7-3 or 8-3 last year with a couple breaks here and there.
Last year we lost to:
Sandra day by 1-point,
Mountain ridge by 3,
Mingus by 2 and,
Cactus Shadows by 6.
**All obviously real close games, we didn't get blown out every game like you guys did** If Coach would of had us all off-season-spring ball and summer, we might of won 9 games. Thx Coach for filling in and getting us ready!


Posted: Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Article comment by: You're Kidding Me

I have no respect for alleged adults who mercilessly rip 15-18 year olds for the way they played a game. Completely immature.
Nice season PHS!


Posted: Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Article comment by: they're both in division 2 this year

And also Bradshaw is the smallest numbers wise and youth wise in that division. When the year first started players started leaving, some key players alot of injuries and kids not keeping grades up. So ya they had a similar record as Prescott last year. But a few players shined

Posted: Monday, November 05, 2012
Article comment by: Are you Kidding me

Who this Preston Morris........Did Mr. Neely talk trash........ NO.........and your calling him classless (are you kidding me) every comment i read is positive about the Badger so go Tom Neely.

Posted: Monday, November 05, 2012
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

They had a better year than all but 15 teams in their division. Playoffs are a different animal. I heard they will move down to Division 3. Should be easier pickins down there. Isn't Bradshaw in that one. They stink, right?

Posted: Monday, November 05, 2012
Article comment by: Preston Morris

You know I come on here to read local sports and I always see Tom Neely commenting. GET A JOB!
why does Tom Neely come on here and talk trash? Must be a mad man, classless


Posted: Monday, November 05, 2012
Article comment by: Played on the team last few years

This was another ok year for us. We've had some good coaches here at Prescott in Coach B & Coach Moran. I can't say much for the assistants that were under those guys but Coach B & Coach Maran were good coaches and good people. They didn't have the greatest help on their coaching staffs so I know the current staff isn't all that great. That is one of the reasons why Coach B left the program because he didn't have any assistants that could coach. He was tired of doing things by himself. Coach Moran took over in july and had one month to get ready for our season last year learning a brand new offense & defense. In my opinion he did outstanding job (we would have had a 7 or 8 win season as well, but there were 4 games that we lost by 5-points or less).
I've been around the Badger program for a while and seen some good teams play and ones I was apart of.
So Please NO disrespect to badger past...ok!


Posted: Monday, November 05, 2012
Article comment by: Scott C.

good job badgers! Wasn't the greatest of seasons but we did a tad bit better.

Posted: Monday, November 05, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Neely

Hey Can't spell............i mean (can't Bluff me) do you know the meaning of Average 7-4 is above average and made playoff.................Your a funny little man that's a coward talking about high school without giving your NAME...............just saying............Go Badgers


Posted: Monday, November 05, 2012
Article comment by: @ cant bluff meee

And my guess is....you are LESS than average

:0)


Posted: Monday, November 05, 2012
Article comment by: So Sad

Congratulations boys for a great season and a reward of making the play-offs! Too bad there are so many Ya-Hoos out there who only see negative in life. Make sure to aim higher than those folks...

Posted: Sunday, November 04, 2012
Article comment by: can't bluff meee

told ya they were average

Posted: Sunday, November 04, 2012
Article comment by: Badger Mama

Nice job Badgers!

Don't pay attention the nancy (yes nancy) negatives....they had no love as children lol!


It was a great season - we loved watching you play! You made us proud!



Posted: Saturday, November 03, 2012
Article comment by: mike tomson

Mengarelli actually threw a 15 yd td pass to quarterback nick rock after the 40 yd pass to tifenthaler. Tiefenthaler did not score I was there. But i was a very nice play by both kids.

Posted: Saturday, November 03, 2012
Article comment by: U all Crack me up

7-4 playoffs bets the heck out if 3-7. The schedule is the schedule nothing we can do about that. Next year when we do even better you will all jump on board and say what a great program. Kudos to collett for what he managed to do his first year. And great job to all the boys for never giving up. Be proud of what you did. Lots of other teams lost last night too. And even more didnt even get the chance. Go badgers and lets keep working hard

Posted: Saturday, November 03, 2012
Article comment by: Karen Waker

Congratulations Badgers on a great season!!! I have moved away from Prescott but was able to enjoy hearing the games on KYCA on the internet. The boys on the team (my nephew being one of them) trained and practiced hard since last summer and have a lot to be proud of!! Job well done Badgers! Hold your heads high! I am proud of you GW and the entire team!

Posted: Saturday, November 03, 2012
Article comment by: S Campis

Good Job Badgers!! Ignore the first two commenters--they could've said congrats but instead chose to nit-pick. It must be real sad to go through life being THAT negative. Must have no one to fight with at home so they get on here to instigate..and I took the bait!



Posted: Saturday, November 03, 2012
Article comment by: Listened to game on radio very dissapointed

It sounded alot like grade school football, switching qb's,.....qb goes to wr, mengerali goes to qb every other play.
Did we even have a defense on the field?


Posted: Saturday, November 03, 2012
Article comment by: Are you kidding me

7-4 is above Avg. and all the bad comments are from people who didn't play sports in High school they didn't even finish i school so hold your heads up high because you made playoffs 1st time in 3 years and you will finish high school.

Posted: Saturday, November 03, 2012
Article comment by: To the Badgers, Love the Bears

7-4 Record is just above 500 considering the teams you guys have played is really not that much of an accomplishment. But hey...way to make the playoffs and lose in the 1st round, sounds like a bubble team.

Posted: Saturday, November 03, 2012
Article comment by: Didn't sound too good

Wow they scored everytime they had the ball?



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