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8/25/2010 9:58:00 AM
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Bradshaw Mountain quarterback Tyler Audsley, in his alternate role as a defensive back, successfully breaks up a pass intended for a Sinagua receiver during the Bears’ scrimmage with the visiting Sabercats this past Thursday.
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Bradshaw Mountain quarterback Tyler Audsley, in his alternate role as a defensive back, successfully breaks up a pass intended for a Sinagua receiver during the Bears’ scrimmage with the visiting Sabercats this past Thursday.
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The day before Bradshaw Mountain's home football scrimmage with Scottsdale Saguaro, BMHS coach Chuck Apap said his team was pumped up and ready. "We're gonna send a statement," Apap said. Send a statement they certainly did, as the Bears triumphed five touchdowns to three on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, over the Sabercats, 4A-I's state champions in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Photos by Cheryl Hartz. Click here to request any of these images as prints for purchase.

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The day before Bradshaw Mountain's home football scrimmage with Scottsdale Saguaro, BMHS coach Chuck Apap said his team was pumped up and ready.

"We're gonna send a statement," Apap said.

Send a statement they certainly did, as the Bears triumphed five touchdowns to three on Thursday over the Sabercats, 4A-I's state champions in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

With all coaches and a dozen lettermen coming back from this past year's varsity, stability anchors Bradshaw's squad.

"Stable - that's what we like," said Apap.

Again assisting Apap on varsity are defensive line coach Andrew Andrist, offensive line coach Joe Berardi, inside linebacker and special teams coach Ron Fuson, defensive back coach Dan McKeown, outside linebacker/defensive coordinator Don Reyes, quarterback coach Ronnie Cain, fullback coach Tom Regnier, and inside linebacker assistant Jeff Lobstein.

Apap cited great leadership from the team's seniors and has named James Reyes, Shon Do, Kevin Wallace, Andy Rosas and Brady Cabral as captains.

But junior Tyler Audsley holds the reins as returning quarterback. Joining him on first team offense are: wide receiver Reyes, fullback Rosas, halfbacks Do and John Kelley, tackles Jacob Julian and Eric Jolley, guards Sam Barger and Drew Perry, tight end Colton Willey and center Cabral. All are seniors except Willey and Julian.

Most of them will see starting duty on both sides. Cabral serves as defensive nose; Jolley as defensive tackle along with Adrian Calderon; Do as outside linebacker with Wallace; Willey and Rosas as inside linebackers with Bryan Woodall; and Audsley as cornerback with sophomore Damian Otero. Chris Johnson is the starting free safety. Apap mentioned Curtis Lopez also will get plenty of playing time at nose or tackle to give those guys a rest.

Others the coach expects to plug in as needed include seniors Drew Perry and Anthony VanDyke, juniors Adam Trzeciak and Carlos Gonzales and big soph Taylor Moore.

Rosas is Bradshaw's kicking game. He will take all punts, kickoffs, extra points and field goals.

"Andy is very exceptional," Apap said. "He could go as just a kicker to college, but he's such a great, great linebacker, he will probably go as a linebacker."

Apap already has high expectations after prep days for at least nine of his players. In addition to Rosas, he lists Cabral, Do, Kelley, Reyes, Jolley, Audsley, Willey and Julian as possible college prospects.

At the scrimmage, the Bears' first team offense scored seemingly at will while its defense effectively shut down Saguaro's offense.

Saguaro's first team D remained in the scrimmage, even as Bradshaw's second and third stringers took over on offense. Referees hit Saguaro with unsportsmanlike conduct penalties as the frustrated Sabercats continued tackles and hits after the whistle.

Reyes contributed three of Bradshaw's five TDs, hauling in passes from quarterback Audsley and then streaking into the endzone.

A summer filled with weight training and passing league games kept the Bears in shape and hungry for the season to begin.

"Ever since the playoff loss everybody wants to win," Apap said. "That's why it's such a great group of young men. All expect the most from themselves and everybody around them."

Although not in early season rankings to win their conference - the West Valley Region - the Bears want nothing less than a state trophy.

"We're going to be the exception. We're going to challenge for a state championship," Apap said.

The Bears host the Apache Junction Prospectors Friday. Kickoff is 7 p.m.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010
Article comment by: REAL FAN

Comment to: "Always the Big Talker..." This is a NEW year and the past is the past! No use crying about things that we are not able to change. Stop talking @#$% about coach and support the team. Don't have anything nice to say...keep your mouth shut!

GO BEARS! TAKE THEM OUT!


Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Article comment by: ALWAYS THE BIG TALKER APAP

Let me see - AJ beat you guys 41 to 12 last year. Apap if your gonna send a statement this year you better not get throttled your first game out! Just a thought!



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