9/15/2010 10:24:00 AM NEW ERA: Bears blast Badgers in annual gridiron game
The Bradshaw Mountain football teamís first-string players are all smiles as they sit out most of the second half of the home blowout over Prescott Friday night. Among those sharing a laugh are No. 59 Jonathen Huffine, No. 47 Andy Rosas and No. 9 Bryan Woodall.
Trib Photo/Cheryl Hartz
The Bradshaw Mountain Bears bombarded the Badgers 49-6 Friday night in Prescott Valley in the annual cross-area contest. They have won three out of the past four meetings against Prescott and a history-making two in a row. Photos by Cheryl Hartz.
To the Prescott Badgers the football game seemed never-ending, while the Bradshaw Mountain Bears wanted it never to end.
The Bears scored on the game's fifth play on the way to bombarding the Badgers 49-6 Friday night in Prescott Valley in the annual cross-area contest. Bradshaw has won three out of the past four meetings and a history-making two in a row.
"It was a great game for us," BMHS coach Chuck Apap said.
Inception, baby. Like the psychological thriller now in theaters, the Bears set up camp in the minds of the Badgers and refused to leave.
But it started with the physical.
After the Badgers kicked off, Bradshaw set up a five-play, 78-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run from quarterback Tyler Audsley. Andy Rosas kicked the point after touchdown (PAT) to make it 7-0. He was successful in all seven of his PATs.
Colton Willey recovered a fumble that led to the second TD, on a 2-yard pass from Audsley to James Reyes less than four minutes into the contest.
Audsley's interception of a Badger pass led to the third TD, an 11-yard run by John Kelley that made it 21-0 after Rosas' kick, with 7:03 still showing on the first-quarter clock.
Audsley sprinted 41 yards for the fourth touchdown with just under two minutes left in the period.
Audsley and Reyes hooked up again at 8:27 of the second quarter on a 41-yard pass and Bradshaw led 35-0 after the PAT.
Rosas contributed all seven of the next points, first with a 1-yard trot before kicking to make it 42-0 at halftime.
The first time Bradshaw gained possession of the football in the second half, Shon Do scored on a 4-yard run. "At that point, we were playing all backups," Apap said.
While Prescott continued to play its first string, Apap said he told his bench it was up to them to stop the Badgers. That's just what the Bears did, holding their opponents scoreless until four minutes remained in the game.
"They put a nice drive together," Apap said.
The roar coming from Bradshaw's stadium with each successive touchdown could have arisen from any large university arena. Only the roar at game's end exceeded the volume, as fans poured onto the field to congratulate their Bears.
"It wasn't exactly what I expected," senior lineman Adrian Calderon said of the game's course. "Their two fumbles showed they weren't ready for us at all."
"I loved it! It was awesome!" was Shon Do's response. "It was a rivalry game and anything goes. One time I had my helmet ripped off. But we came out so pumped. We were protecting our town, not just ourselves."
Rosas wanted to thank the fans for their support. And although the celebration noise drowned out part of his next statement, it included the words "state championship."
Offensively, Audsley carried the ball three times for 40 yards; Do carried eight times for 54 yards; Kelley earned 42 yards on three carries; Rosas moved it 44 yards in five times on the ground. Each had a TD, except Audsley, who scored twice.
Reyes hauled in six passes for 109 yards and two TDs. Do caught one pass for a 27-yard gain. Brady Cabral recovered a fumble.
Defensive leader Bryan Woodall slammed down six first tackles and seven assists. Andy Rosas had an equal number of first hits and assists with six each. John Kelley contributed three firsts and six assists, while Chris Johnson managed four firsts and two assists.
"We've been fighting hard to stop Prescott's winning streak and put our own name on the event, and we sort of did that," Apap said. "Now we feel we have the football program. Our kids have to be very proud of their efforts."
He complimented Prescott coach Lou Beneitone on a "great football program. It's hard for him (to lose); he's not used to that. We tried not to pour anything on, or do anything unprofessional."