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9/8/2012 12:10:00 AM
Boulder Creek turns tables on Prescott football
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily CourierPrescott’s DJ Schroeder (7, top photo) and the Badger running game couldn’t break through Friday night at Bill Shepard Field.
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Prescott’s DJ Schroeder (7, top photo) and the Badger running game couldn’t break through Friday night at Bill Shepard Field.
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Boulder Creek High School at Prescott High School football on September 7, 2012.
Doug Cook
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - After lambasting its first two opponents by a combined score of 96-28, the Prescott High football team found its match Friday night at Bill Shepard Field.

Division I Anthem Boulder Creek controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage - just like the D-II Badgers did in weeks 1 and 2 - en route to a 42-14 victory over host PHS.

With the loss, Prescott drops to 2-1 and will pay a visit to Phoenix Moon Valley next Friday.

In this inter-divisional tilt, Boulder Creek running back Stephen Landeros rushed for a game-high 192 yards on 24 carries and three touchdowns, including two scoring runs in the second quarter that put the Jaguars in front 21-0 with little more than 3 minutes left until halftime.

Landeros tacked on a 6-yard TD mid-way through the third quarter that put the game out of reach for Prescott, with the Jaguars leading 28-6.

"My offensive line opened up huge holes tonight - all the credit goes to them," Landeros said. "Any back in this state could've run behind those holes."

Boulder Creek racked up 365 total yards on a Badgers defense that could not match the physical play of the Jaguars beefy o-line, which averages 6-feet, 1-1/2 inches in height and 240 pounds.

"I'm very happy with our offensive line," Boulder Creek coach Dan Friedman said. "Last week (in a loss) against Brophy Prep, the o-line played particularly well, they were just outmanned. And today I think they battled back and really showed that they're improving."

Landeros stole the show from Badgers star tailback Brady Mengarelli, who last week set a new PHS single-game rushing record with a 300-plus-yard performance.

The Jaguars defense effectively corralled Mengarelli, limiting him to a season-low 79 yards on 21 carries, although he did score two TDs.

"We just didn't come out as hard as we needed to - that's the bottom line," Prescott senior defensive back Gunner Wilken said. "We came off some big wins with some big heads. We just need to keep our nose in and play hard every game. That's it."

Prescott lost momentum from the outset, as a muffed punt on the Badgers' first possession resulted in Boulder Creek getting the ball on the PHS 9-yard line.

It took the Jaguars only two plays to score a touchdown after a screen pass from quarterback Tanner Court (8-for-15, 68 yards, TD) to wideout Isaiah Huston, who finished the evening with three catches for 49 yards and two TDs.

"We really gave them that one, and then we got down quick," Wilken said of the muffed punt. "We've just got to stay up and play as a team."

Leading 21-6 at halftime, Boulder Creek opened the second half with the ball and put the game on ice after eating up the first 8 minutes of the third-quarter clock.

Following a 5-plus-minute scoring drive to take a 28-6 advantage, the Jaguars recovered an onside kick and did not give the ball back to Prescott until the 3:59 mark. After the Badgers punted on their opening possession of the second half, Boulder Creek scored quickly on a 41-yard screen pass from backup QB Trevor Miller to Huston.

Down 35-6, Prescott scored on a safety via a snapped ball that went over Jaguars punter Isaiah Birkel's head and out of the end zone with 8:52 left in regulation.

After the game, Prescott players and the coaching staff sounded determined to learn from the loss.

"Boulder Creek's a great football team," PHS coach Cody Collett said. "I'm taking absolutely nothing away from them. I don't believe they're 42-14 better than us, though."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, September 09, 2012
Article comment by: RU KIDDING ME

Some of the problem with kids today is that they hear YOU say how bad they are or how bad the coach is then they go to school and say the same thing they hear YOU say.I've been to football games were i hear dad and uncles say why the coach running that play he sucks or that kid shouldn't be playing .RAISE and teach your kids sportsmanship and RESPECT and the world will be better place.

Posted: Sunday, September 09, 2012
Article comment by: Steve Rushlow

Give it some time, my faithful Prescott fans. We beat the heck out of Bradshaw, and we upset a Deer Valley team that was on the rise last season. At this point last season, we were 1-2. Next week, we travel to Moon Valley where we are certain to grab another win to go to 3-1. Our fortunes seem to be better at this point in time.

I moved here a couple of years ago and started going to Badger games out of habit from where I grew up. In a sense, the Prescott community adopted me as much as I adopted Prescott. Where I am from, the community throws all of their support behind their team. These Badgers seem to have a different feel this year.

Posted: Sunday, September 09, 2012
Article comment by: Badger Mama

@ Been Here Too Long: That's right! NO fairweather fans!

At Prescottonians: These are our kids, let's support them! They won the first two, and BC was just a better team on Friday. And they were BIG.

Can't wait for Badgers @ Moon Valley next week...we love the Badgers!

Posted: Saturday, September 08, 2012
Article comment by: Been here too long

You people make my laugh. You just got beat by a top ten team from the division above you and all of a sudden you "suck", "the coaching looks bad". What a bunch of loser fans. Is Prescott real good? no, but they are a bit above average in Div II and certainly will win more than 5 games this year. Other than three good to solid teams, their schedule is sub-par with maybe two tough match ups to go. If they play hard like the kid Gunner Wilkens said and don't take any opponent for granted they will be fine So relax already.

Posted: Saturday, September 08, 2012
Article comment by: did U forget my prediction

beginning of season I predicted us to go 5-5. I stay true to it.

Posted: Saturday, September 08, 2012
Article comment by: come on! ??

Look what happens when we face a quality program and boulder creek didn't look that good. We are just not good, stop kidding ourselves. coaching looks bad

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