8/31/2011 9:27:00 AM No 3-peat for Bradshaw: Badgers win annual rivalry
Bradshaw running back Garrett Fairman runs for a score during the annual football rivalry game between Prescott and Bradshaw Mountain High Schools Friday night in Prescott. Prescott came back in the second half and won by a final score of 39-21.
Photo courtesy Les Stukenberg
A storm built up and let loose on the football field in more ways than one when the Prescott Badgers played host to the Bradshaw Mountain Bears Friday night. With rain soaking the huge crowd and teams throughout much of the game, Bradshaw fell to its cross-town rival 39-21.
Even though stars weren't visible in the overcast sky, senior running back Garrett Fairman had a stellar night, scoring all three Bears'touchdowns.
Fairman gave Bradshaw the lead eight minutes into the first quarter on a 27-yard TD run. Andy Bogdanov kicked the first of his three successful points after touchdown on the night, and the Bears were up 7-0.
The Badgers scored three quick plays later, but the kick failed, and Bradshaw stayed up 7-6.
Fairman returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards, Bodganov did his thing and the Bears forged ahead 14-6.
Prescott drove to the Bradshaw 12-yard line, but a fumble and a holding penalty pushed them back to the 40. The Badgers fumbled again on the next play, and Bradshaw fullback Troy Boyle recovered it.
Freshman Skylor Clinton came in for senior Kaycee Jones at quarterback for the final seconds and final Bears' drive of the quarter, but Prescott's defense held and the Badgers regained possession heading into the second period.
Bradshaw managed another drive down to the Prescott 12, where Bogdanov attempted but missed a 30-yard field goal.
With just over two minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Badgers crossed the goal line again. Their attempt to tie the game on a 2-point conversion failed. At halftime, the score stood 14-12 in favor of the visitors.
After the first drive of the second half, Prescott was forced to punt and Damian Otero returned the ball to the Prescott 37-yard line. On the next play and less than three minutes into the quarter, Fairman carried 63 yards for his third TD of the night.
Unfortunately, it would turn out to be the Bears' final score of the game.
Prescott couldn't capitalize on a recovered Bradshaw fumble, but shortly after that Bradshaw couldn't capitalize on Damian Otero's interception when a series of penalties beset the Bears.
Prescott finally took the 25-21 lead a minute-and-a-half before the third quarter ended, and continued to add to it in the fourth.
"The thing is, by the third quarter, we essentially had four guys out," said Bradshaw head coach Chuck Apap.
Already missing regular starting quarterback Tyler Audsley and with tackle/nose guard Jacob Julian back but playing only limited offense, the Bears lost senior linebacker/fullback Carlos Gonzalez after the first quarter and junior running/defensive back Riley Curry after the second because they "cramped up," Apap said.
Ultimately, though, Apap's assessment was the Bears committed too many errors.
"You can't give up two touchdowns to special teams on kickoff returns and give up the ball four times on pass interceptions," Apap said. "They played a good game; we didn't play a good game."
The coach did give extra credit for a good game to Fairman, Bogdanov, Otero and Gonzalez.
Fairman carried the ball only five times but totaled 157 yards and three touchdowns.
Before Friday's loss, Bradshaw had won three of the past four contests with Prescott, including the last two.
Still, the season-opening defeat doesn't deter the Bears.
"We'll be ready for Mingus," Apap said.
Yesterday, he said he expected to find out within the hour if Audsley would be returning for that game.
The Bears kick off Labor Day weekend at home at 7 p.m. Friday.