Prescott Badgers (1-0), (3-2) at Coconino Panthers (2-0), (5-0), Coconino H.S., 7pm
There is still a lot of football yet to be played, that being said, this game is sizing up as the battle for the Grand Canyon Region title.
The Badgers took last week off, while the Panthers pretty much dominated the Bradshaw Mountain Bears 28-14 in Prescott Valley.
Last year: Prescott 28, Coconino 16, at Prescott H.S
Coconino likes to run the ball, and I mean run. The bulk of the carries goes to Zach Bennett, who had 181 yards on 31 carries, with 3 touchdowns last week. Bailey Mccauslin ran for 91 yards and a touchdown. The Panthers run the ole wing formation offense, something you do not see very much of. That being said, they run it with perfection. The first possession in their game last week that resulted in a touchdown, that took 13 plays, all rushing, and used 6:39 of the game clock. Quarterback Jordan Lucero threw only 3 passes last week, completing 2 of them.
Despite having rival Bradshaw Mountain on the horizon, the Badgers will not be looking past Coconino. Prescott has improved as a team each week. One thing is for sure, a week off gets your dings healed up. QB Dellin Boyd has added more of a passing threat along with what his legs have done running the ball. Besides Boyd, Sylas Espitia is leading the team in rushing with 338 yards and 7 touchdowns. Nathan Wright, Sam Giordan, and Ethan Pena have been getting their share of carries. Trey Koehler leads in receiving with a 19.4 average per reception and 3 TDs.
The Prescott defense has been lights out, giving up just 13 points in the last three games. Led in tackles by Sam Giordan and Rhett Pearce, the defense has been rock solid. Nathan Wright, Aaron Greene, Ethan Pena, and Luke McCauslin have added to wreak havoc on the opposing offenses.
The Skinny: The Badgers are playing well and fully capable of slowing down the Coconino running game. Look for defensive leaders Aaron Greene, Rhett Pearce, and Sam Giordan to be vicious on the “Cat-Attack”.
Game time temperatures will be in the mid 50s with a slight breeze with clear skies.
Bradshaw Mountain Bears (1-1), (3-3) at Flagstaff Eagles (0-2), (2-3), NAU Walkup Skydome, 7pm
Both teams come into this game limping a bit, after suffering defeats at home last week. The Bears fell to Coconino 28-14, while Flagstaff gave up two touchdowns in the final five minutes to lose to Mohave 21-20.
Last year: Bradshaw Mountain 42, Flagstaff 7, at Prescott Valley
The Bears quarterback Josh Grant was under the gun last week and the numbers showed that, completing only 4-12 for a net 6 yards. Grant scored both TDs rushing last week. Titus King led the team in rushing with 49 yards last week. King has 340 yards and 7 touchdowns on the season. Noah Shaver, Daniel Gobiel, and Manny Salcido all had double figures in tackles versus Coconino.
Flagstaff started off 2-0, then the wheels came off the cart, especially in the final minutes in their loss to Mohave. Joe Weidinger threw for over a 100 yards last week, but tossed two pics. Luis Jaramillo averaged 6.6 yards a carry, but only carried the ball 10 times, scoring twice. The offense has not been consistent, allowing the defense to spend more time on the field than they need to be.
The Skinny: The Bears dominated last season, but this team is a lot younger and is struggling to find its identity. Look for this game to be closer than last year. It will comes down to which team wins the battle at the line of scrimmage.
Temperatures inside the NAU Skydome should be comfortable, and in the mid 70s.
Chino Valley Cougars (0-0), (2-4) at Kingman Academy Tigers (0-0), (1-3), Kingman Academy H.S., 7pm
This is the 3A West Regional opener for both teams.Both teams come into this game after losing in blow out fashion last week.
Last year: Kingman Academy 21, Chino Valley 12
Kingman Academy QB Charlie Anderson leads the Tigers, who have more passing yards than rushing yards through four games. Issac Carter leads the team in rushing.
The Cougars Tyler Carey replaced an injured Jayden Smith at quarterback and had a better second game than his first. Look for Carey to continue to get more comfortable in that position. Chino Valley has only three interceptions through six games, but they should get some good chances to grab one or more tonight. Outside linebacker Collin Knight leads the team in tackles.
The Skinny: This should be a close contest with the slight advantage going with Chino Valley. Pressure on the quarterbacks will be key.
Friday Night Football Schedule
All times at 7pm unless indicated
Bagdad at Mohave Accelerated
Blue Ridge at Snowflake
Cactus at Deer Valley
Camp Verde at Glendale Prep
Canyon Del Oro at Catalina Foothills
Central at Camelback
Combs at Dysart
Glendale at Cortez
Holbrook at Payson
James Madison Prep at Orme
Mohave at Mingus
Northwest Christian at Wickenburg
Peoria at Poston Butte
River Valley at Kingman
Saguaro at Desert Edge
Salpointe Catholic at Sahuaro
Scottsdale Prep at Sedona Red Rock
Tempe at St. Mary’s
Thunderbird at Moon Valley
Williams at Mayer
Mogollon at El Capitan, 1pm