Coconino Panthers (1-0), (4-0) at Bradshaw Mountain Bears (1-0), (3-2) at Bob Pavlich Stadium, Prescott Valley, 7pm
Last season the Bears beat Coconino 28-14 in Flagstaff.
This game is an important games in the upcoming weeks in the Grand Canyon Region. The Panthers have outscored their four opponents 213-39 that includes one shutout. The kicker here is that all four of their opponents have yet to win a game this season. A combined 0-19, so that brings me to the big question. The Bears have been challenged more. Their opponents are sitting at 9-11. That being said, it would appear that the Bears will have an advantage.
The Coconino Panthers like to run. They will run, run, and run some more. Quarterback Jordan Lucero has thrown only 12 passes in four games. Lucero does not run much himself, but he orchestrates the offense. Zach Bennett is averaging 161 yards a game and has 11 touchdowns. As a team, the Panthers average 309 yards on the ground. Three receivers have scored one touchdown a piece. Bailey McCauslin, 3 receiptions, 75 yards leads the team. Matias Ortiz and Bennett are the other two who have scored.
Manuel Cordoza leads Coconino in tackles.
Bradshaw Mountain averages 162 yards on the ground and a 102 yards through the air. Two running backs, Titus King, 291 yards, 7 TDs, and Elijah Acuna, 154 yards, 2 TDs, each get their share of carries, but it quarterback Josh Grant , 325 yards, 5 TDs, leading the way on the ground. Alex Cabral leads the receiving corps with 12 catches, 202 yards, and 4 touchdowns. Noah Shaver and Daniel Gobiel are one and two in the tackles department. Keep an eye on Mason Stultz who leads in quarterback sacks.
Game time temps will be in the low 60s, and will dip into the upper 50s by the end of the game.The skies will be clear, with a slight breeze.
Odyssey Institute Minotaur (3-1) at Chino Valley Cougars (2-3), Chino Valley H.S.,7pm
I bet you're wondering what a minotaur is. Based in Greek mythology it is a mythical creature portrayed in classical times with the head and tail of a bull, and the body of a man.
Last season Odyssey Institute beat Chino Valley 48-3 in Buckeye.
The Minotaur were undefeated until a one point loss 14-13, last week at home to Florence. They average 287 yards on the ground and just under 100 through the air.
Christopher Weaver is just 78 yards shy of 1000 yards rushing on the season. Weaver leads the team with 12 touchdowns, and has over 200 yards in every game. Quarterback Carson Snyder is big at 6-4, 210 has had a luke warm season thus far. He has thrown 2 touchdown passes and has 4 interceptions.
The Cougars took a hit in a 42-0 loss at Arizona College Prep last week, will look to get back on the winning track. Chino Valley has a much more balanced offensive attack. Jayden Smith is only a sophomore, but is gaining valuable experience at the varsity level. Smith is completing 60% of his passes and has 6 TD passes with 4 interceptions. Eleven rushers have gained 647 yards this season. Leading the way is Smith with 167 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Look for the Cougars to see a lot of Weaver. If they can keep him under 200 yards, that would be quite an achievement. Smith and company will need to control the game clock and force a turnover or two to give the Cougars a better chance of keeping the game close.
Game time temps will be in the low 60s with a breeze and clear skies.
Prescott Badgers off
Prescott Badgers (1-0) in Grand Canyon Region and (3-2) overall, get this week off with a bye. The Badgers will be back in action next Friday at Coconino.
Friday Football Schedule
All games at 7pm unless indicated
Orme at New Way Academy, 3:30pm
Blue Ridge at Ganado
Central at Fairfax
Cesar Chavez at Maryvale
Chinle at Payson
Coronado at Wickenburg
Desert Edge at Peoria
Goldwater at Deer Valley
Greenway at Buckeye
Marcos de Niza at Moon Valley
Mingus at Lee Williams
Mohave at Flagstaff
Mohave Accelerated at Mayer
Sedona Red Rock at Camp Verde
Thunderbird at Lake Havasu
Bagdad at Anthem Prep