PRESCOTT - Mingus football lost, 17-0, Friday night against the Prescott Badgers on Bill Shepard Field. Senior Badger Brady Mengarelli rushed for 209 yards and scored one 32-yard touchdown out of the wildcat.
The Red and Gray suffered a shutout for the first time since 2006 and Prescott enjoyed their first win against Mingus in eight years.
The Marauder defense gave up 10 points in the first half and none in the second -- Prescott's Easton Younger returned an interception 74 yards for the only score in the second half.
Younger's interception return came at the beginning of the fourth quarter, right as Mingus' offense appeared to finally gain some rhythm. Mingus receiver Alex Brewer ran a slant-and-go rout and created separation from Younger. Instead of throwing the ball over the top allowing Brewer to run under the ball, Luke Simmons threw the ball low and hard, right to Younger.
The interception was one of three for Simmons in the game, one more than his season total before the contest (one of Simmons' picks was in desperation on fourth down at the end of the game).
Unlike many of the games Mingus played so far this year, Simmons was constantly under duress and Prescott squelched the Marauder rushing attack. Simmons found himself in obvious passing situations and Prescott was ready for it.
In a field position battle, the Mingus offense couldn't move the ball consistently. Conversely, the Mingus defense gave up plenty of yards, yet not that many points in a bend-but-don't-break effort.
Prescott's offense created four drives inside the Mingus 10-yard line, and the Mingus defense had four goal line stands, cumulatively resulting in one field goal; Mingus blocked two field goals and Prescott turned the ball over on downs once inside the 10.
Marauders Alex Brewer and Zach Pelletier also snagged interceptions.
The Mingus defense kept the Marauders in the game, but Prescott showed they're more than just one guy rushing for crazy numbers this year. The Badgers are a solid, well-coached team with talented athletes on both sides of the ball.
Mingus is all those things too, and how they bounce back could factor into how far they'll go in the playoffs. Their next game is away against Snowflake.