Bradshaw Mountain's 21-7 football win over the Mingus Marauders Friday night, Sept. 2, 2011, bestowed multiple victories on the Bears. The season's first "W" came with the first home game, followed a painful opening loss to Prescott, and best of all, the Bears defeated Mingus for the first time anyone can remember.
Photos by Cheryl Hartz.
Bradshaw Mountain's 21-7 football win over the Mingus Marauders Friday night bestowed multiple victories on the Bears. The season's first "W" came with the first home game, followed a painful opening loss to Prescott, and best of all, the Bears defeated Mingus for the first time anyone can remember.
Despite the return of Bears' starting quarterback Tyler Audsley, who missed the first game with a dislocated elbow, it appeared Mingus would dominate the contest. The Marauders scored first and stopped every early Bradshaw drive. The 7-0 lead Mingus took late in the first quarter held through the first half.
Thank goodness for halftime pep talks. Realizing Mingus was trying to shut down the Bears' running game, the coaches adjusted. Audsley, left elbow heavily padded with bandages for insurance, took control in the second half on the way to 218 yards rushing on 26 carries and 112 passing yards on 4 completions. Those numbers included all three Bears' touchdowns and a 2-point conversion.
The Bears remained a point down after their first TD when the kick failed, 8 minutes into the third quarter.
But the sure hands of Garrett Fairman - he pulled in 3 passes for 100 yards - helped put Bradshaw in good position. One set up the quarterback's second touchdown, just 18 seconds into the fourth quarter, and Audsley's 2-point conversion made it 14-7.
With 2:19 to play, Audsley ran 37 yards for his third TD of the night. Andy Bogdanov's kick put the Bears up 21-7.
Isaac Pena shut down the final Marauder charge with an interception with just 1:24 left.
Coach Apap credited the win to a total team effort.
All those openings for Audsley were created by Bradshaw's offensive line. Apap praised the blocking of Jacob Julian, Zack Llewellyn, Riley Curry, Dylan Murphy and Casey Huntley before giving up and saying, "really the whole offensive line."
"We had 336 yards rushing," Apap said. "A 6.6-yard average against Mingus is unheard of. Their defense is really tough and opponents normally don't get that."
Apap went on to praise his entire defense as well, and specifically Damian Otero, Andy Bogdanov, Mikey VanDyke, Taylor Moore, Matt Erhlich, Lupe Valdez, Carlos Gonzalez, and Lucas Cook in his first start.
Otero led defensively with 4 first tackles and 3 assists. Bogdanov also had 4 first hits, to go with a pair of assists and a fumble recovery. Moore and Fairman each sacked the Mingus quarterback.
"Our defensive coordinator Dan McKeown did an outstanding job making the adjustments we needed at halftime," Apap said. "All our coaches and players did a great job. We knew we had to come back."
Apap said the sign of a good team is how much it improves from the first to the second game, and he realized losing the first game to Prescott was disheartening for the Bears.
"We really improved - everything we did. We got our heart back," he said.
The coach stated the team is ready to play Cactus Shadows in Scottsdale this Friday.
Apap's Bears defeated host Cactus Shadows six years ago in a 65-50 scoring fest, then lost 24-7 the following year at home. The Falcons went undefeated that year and took the State championship, he said. The two teams have not met since.
"They are a very good ball team with a quarterback that throws probably 50 times a game," Apap said of this year's team. "He already has thrown for 800 yards in two games.
"We'll have our hands full but we will take care of it. It will be fun to play them again."
The plan is to win "one game at a time and ultimately, go 9-1 and then make a run for the State championship."
"We hope Prescott wins all their games because we'd love to play them in the playoffs," Apap said.