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.