Fans who didn't travel along with the Bradshaw Mountain football Bears never got to celebrate a victory this season, as all three wins came on the road.
Bradshaw (3-8) closed its season under first-year head coach Adam Schiermyer with a 24-17 loss to Kingman (4-6) at home Friday on Senior Night.
The Bears' duel with the Kingman was dual-pronged. Not only were the Bulldogs trying to break a 12-year drought of fewer-than-four-win seasons, they were primed to avenge an injured player. After a hit to the back of the head five minutes into the third quarter, defensive end Derek Curran suffered a seizure on the sidelines a couple minutes later and left in an ambulance. Play stopped for nearly a half-hour as paramedics worked on Curran.
As soon as the Bulldogs regained their composure late in the third, they added what would be the winning touchdown, and never let the Bears back in the game.
Wide receiver Mikey Van Dyke and quarterback Skylor Clinton teamed up twice in the first quarter on touchdown passes for Bradshaw's highlight reel.
The initial TD came on the game's second play, and the Bears were up 14-0 before the Bulldogs scored two of their own to make it 14-12. An Augie Espinoza field goal right before halftime would end Bradshaw scoring at 17.
Another highlight was Clinton's 253 yards' passing on 18 of 45 completions.
"Skylor definitely showed a lot of signs of improvement, and that's a good thing for moving into next season," Schiermyer said of his sophomore quarterback. "We have a lot of good things to build on for next year. We have young kids, and we'll get them stronger and faster."
The coach also said senior Taylor Moore played a great game, contributing 7 tackles - some for losses - and knocking down a pass.
Also on defense, Colton Audsley and Damian Otero each got interceptions, and Schiermyer said he noticed sophomores Dustin Davidson and Gage Nestor "around the football a lot."
"Every kid that was out there was playing hard, and that's all we ask for," Schiermyer said.