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9/4/2013 8:46:00 AM
Bradshaw Bears upset Hawks in football season opener
Dripping wet Bradshaw Mountain center John Trout  faces Apollo’s center on the line during Bradshaw’s rainy home opener this past Friday.
Trib Photo/Cheryl Hartz
Dripping wet Bradshaw Mountain center John Trout faces Apollo’s center on the line during Bradshaw’s rainy home opener this past Friday.
Trib Photo/Cheryl Hartz
Bradshaw Mountain and Apollo run in the rain Friday night in Prescott Valley.
Trib Photo/Cheryl Hartz
Bradshaw Mountain and Apollo run in the rain Friday night in Prescott Valley.
Trib Photo/Cheryl Hartz

Cheryl Hartz
News Editor


The Bradshaw Mountain Bears got a slow start in a rainy season opener Friday night at home, but rallied to give first-year head coach Jared Woodruff his first "W."

After three head coaches in three years, a combination of three quarterbacks with different talents kept last year's state quarterfinalist Apollo off balance and contributed to Bradshaw's 32-21 upset.

The Hawks swooped first on the wet field to make it 7-0 with 5:14 remaining in the first quarter.

The Bears came within one in the second quarter when Carter Thompson connected with Casey Huntley for a 20-yard touchdown pass.

Apollo went up 14-6 less than five minutes before the half, and threatened again a few minutes later, but Bradshaw stopped the visitors at the 2-yard line as the horn blew.

Early in the third, Colton Audsley scampered 12 yards on a quarterback keeper. Five minutes before the final quarter the Bears sacked Apollo's quarterback to take over on downs, and two plays later Mikey Van Dyke, who also got a stint at QB, scored on a 34-yard run to give the Bears the 18-14 lead. Then, with 1:37 left in the third, Audsley found Huntley for Bradshaw's fourth TD, and completed the 2-point conversion himself to make it 26-14.

Apollo narrowed the gap to 26-21 midway through the fourth quarter. But with a minute-and-a-half to go, Audsley finished up the night's scoring with a 26-yard TD run.

The Bears accomplished one of their new coach's goals by committing no turnovers on the night, while forcing Apollo to make two.

Audsley was 8-of-9 passing for 100 yards in the air, with and additional 103 yards rushing, including the two TDs. Huntley also had a pair of TDs in 89 yards on 4 carries.

Thompson completed 3 of 5 passes. Van Dyke rushed 52 yards on 5 carries. Nick Martenson covered 13 yards on 2 pass completions.

On the defensive side, David Otero and Shane Sorrells intercepted a pass apiece, and Sorrells also carried 16 times for 63 yards offensively.

Lake Havasu comes to Prescott Valley this Friday. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Bob Pavlich Field.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Article comment by: SHANNON SCHLAPFER

AWE SHANE YOU MAKE US ALL PROUD :)

GO BEARS




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