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10/13/2012 12:02:00 AM
Prescott football avenges long losing streak to Mingus
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily CourierPrescott’s Gunner Wilken (11), David Rupp (70), Kaine Bayze (1), Zach Koehler (52), and Jon Jarman (43) smothered the Mingus Union offense all night Friday at Prescott High School.
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Prescott’s Gunner Wilken (11), David Rupp (70), Kaine Bayze (1), Zach Koehler (52), and Jon Jarman (43) smothered the Mingus Union offense all night Friday at Prescott High School.
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily CourierMingus Union High School head coach Bob Young paces up and down the sideline Friday night while his Marauders got blanked by the Badgers.
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Mingus Union High School head coach Bob Young paces up and down the sideline Friday night while his Marauders got blanked by the Badgers.
Doug Cook
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - Heading into this week's contest against Mingus Union, it had been eight long years since the Prescott High football team defeated its rival from Cottonwood.

On Friday night at Bill Shepard Field, the drought officially ended behind a sterling performance from the Badgers' swarming defense.

For the second straight week Prescott's tenacious D pitched a shutout, as the Division II No. 17-ranked Badgers stunned the D-IV No. 3 Marauders, 17-0.

With the victory, PHS (6-2 overall record) likely moved one step closer to its goal of qualifying for the D-II state playoffs. Only the top 16 teams in D-II make the postseason, and this win was big - even if it came against an opponent from a smaller-enrollment division.

"We had to get this win to have a shot at the playoffs, and we still have to get more," PHS coach Cody Collett said. "We can't let down."

Mingus, which dropped to 6-2, saw its six-game winning streak snapped. The Marauders had not lost since their season opener Aug. 24 at home, a 16-13 setback to defending D-IV state champion Lakeside Blue Ridge.

Prescott's defense notched its third shutout of the 2012 season Friday. Last week, the Badgers mowed down Phoenix Goldwater, 21-0.

For the sixth time in eight games, Prescott scored a defensive touchdown. Collett credited his defensive coaching staff, including coordinator Mark Morgan, for its efforts.

The Marauders were not shut out all season until Friday. A big reason for that was PHS forcing four Mingus turnovers, including three interceptions and a fumble.

Prescott harassed Marauder QB Luke Simmons all night, as he completed only 9-of-27 passes for 47 yards and those three picks.

PHS limited Mingus' daunting rushing game to a measly 52 yards on 30 carries.

"They just did a great job, and they're very fast," Mingus coach Bob Young said of Prescott's D. "Our running game hadn't been stopped all year. It was tough to do anything against them. We're a running team, and when we have to throw the ball, we're in trouble."

On offense, Badger tailback Brady Mengarelli continued his torrid pace on the ground, rushing unofficially for 200 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown.

With Prescott and Mingus knotted in a scoreless tie through nearly the first nine minutes of the first quarter, Mengarelli reached pay dirt with 3:18 left in the period to stake PHS to a 7-0 lead.

Badgers' kicker Zach Koehler booted a 20-yard field goal with 2:26 to go before halftime to hand Prescott a 10-0 lead at the break.

But it was the defense that stole the show for PHS. In fact, the Badgers forced Mingus to punt the ball seven times in the first half alone.

"If it wasn't for our defense, I don't know how this game would've went," Prescott QB Nick Rock said. "They played one great game."

A victory remained in doubt for Prescott until mid-way through the second half when Badgers defensive back Easton Younger returned an interception 74 yards for a TD seven seconds into the fourth quarter to effectively seal the win.

"I couldn't have done it without the blockers - every time I saw a man, they got taken out," Younger said of his teammates during the interception return.

PHS successfully avenged a stomach-churning 12-10 loss to Mingus last year in Cottonwood. However, not since 2004 had the Badgers defeated the Marauders.

The Badgers were out to show Mingus coach Young - who had agreed to take over the Prescott program in the summer of 2011 before backing out and returning to Cottonwood several weeks later - that he underestimated Prescott.

"It's really an emotional win, because Bob Young obviously left us, but it's been a blessing because we got coach Collett," Younger said. "He's done a phenomenal job."

Added Badger linebacker Kaine Bayze, "Ever since coach Young left us, he basically gave us a message: You guys are too weak for my coaching strategy. So that really fired up the defense. We wanted to shut them down and show them who the real tough guys were up on this mountain and up north."

The Badgers visit D-II No. 24 Kingman in a D-II, Section III contest at 7 p.m. next Friday.

PHS concludes the regular season at home Oct. 26 when it battles D-I No. 18 Glendale Mountain Ridge.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Article comment by: Just saying

Badgers will get beat in first rd

Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Article comment by: Mingus Guy

Wasn't able to go to the game Friday night but did listen to it on the radio. The Badgers dominated the line of scrimmage by the sound of it. Sure did seem like there was a lot of flags to (typical of the Prescott crew). The biggest game played on the Prescott field in the past 15 years was a neutral site playoff game that featured Mingus playing i think Apollo. Sounds like the Badgers could change that and have a huge playoff run on their own field this year.

Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Article comment by: Get a hair cut, then come talk to me

Prescott and Bradshaw did it under coach Gahn and coach Moran. Where you there at Mingus when Prescott and Bradshaw beat up on them back then? Theres fundamental now a days?? I don't think so. I saw a pop warner team with more fundamentals then I've seen in 10 years in this area. Thats a problem. I'm excited for our Prescott team this year. I know it has been pretty much one guy carring us but i'll take the success for our school. Now lets see what we can do next year?

Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Article comment by: Coach K Campbell

It's difficult for any team up north to matchup with the Phoenix schools. I coached 17 years at four schools in the area and our numbers never match up well, and size is an issue. Area teams have to teach fundamentals and then find ways to overcome their deficiencies when they head to the Valley. Coach young did it back in the 90's when he won state. So it can be done, but it's a huge challenge to the coaches to make the most with what you have, and typically we are two or three athletes short year after year.

Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Article comment by: wondered how long that woul take... .

it was refreshing to see a game story go so long without any trash talking getting posted... was holding out hope... but alas no...

atleast most of the bickering is among the circular firing squad that is the tri-cities...

as far as mingus... thanks to the AIA the schedule is a joke... hard to play down a division one week then up 2 the next.

rest assured they can hold their own and don't need anyone making excuses for them...

so please let the circus begin...

Posted: Monday, October 15, 2012
Article comment by: Bill Scaffold

Mingus played Lakeside Blue Ridge, one of the most respected teams in the state. Mingus lost by 3 points, which is the only competition Blue Ridge has seen. Beating Mingus Union was a big win for PHS.

Posted: Monday, October 15, 2012
Article comment by: Seen all 3 teams play in the tri-city area NOT impressed with any of them.

This is the worst Mingus team I have seen. But I guess they haven't played anyone either besides: Chino Valley, Bradshaw, Flagstaff, Cortez and Coconino. LOL.
I watched the badgers for the 1st time this season. All this hoop la for what reason. They beat a average Mingus team.
My prediction:
Badgers get blown out in 1st Round game. For sure!

Posted: Monday, October 15, 2012
Article comment by: You want me to bring you a flower

Tom Neely class act? Ya right! LOL

Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Article comment by: Yeah! What Tom Said!

Good job Badgers! And thank you to Tom Neely for keeping all positive and supportive of the Badger football team! Class act fans you Badgers fans!

Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Neely

Great Team effort................keep it rolling

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