Points prove elusive in Marauders' 2nd loss

The Mingus Union and Prescott high school drum corps gathered at midfield after Friday night's football game and jammed together for 10 minutes.

Marauder football coach Bob Young, watching from 25 yards away, may have been tempted to join them and bang away some of his frustrations. For the second time this season, Mingus played toe-to-toe with a ranked opponent only to let them slip away in the fourth quarter.

Prescott senior Ryan Shipp scored on a 3-yard run with 1:19 left as the Badgers escaped with a 15-8 homecoming victory. The win lifted Prescott to 4-0 on the season, while the Marauders fell to 2-2.

The frustrating part for Young and company – Mingus could very well be the 4-0 team.

"Offensively, we just didn't get anything done," Young said. "The defense did a great job, but we just couldn't score any points. This is going to be a lot tougher than Tolleson (a 14-9 defeat on opening night). This is a big rivalry to us."

The game had the makings of an offensive shootout in the first quarter. Mingus recorded a touchdown at the halfway point on a 5-yard run by Chris Rice. Prescott responded with a 72-yard kickoff return and scored five plays later on a 5-yard pass from Chris Parker to Spike Clatterbuck.

Both teams made 2-point conversions after their TDs, and the score stood at 8-8 with 4:53 left. But both squads struggled to convert opportunities the rest of the way.

Mingus had the ball in Prescott territory five times in its seven remaining possessions. But drives that advanced as far as the Badgers' 34, 25, 11, 25 and 29 yard lines, respectively, all came away empty.

Prescott managed to minimize the Marauders' offensive strength, the running game, with its speed. Mingus attempted a season-high 18 passes, and quarterbacks Aaron Welly and Albert Rodriguez completed 10 for 100 yards.

Eddie Trujillo was held to 43 yards rushing. Rice finished with 99 but needed 20 carries to reach that feat.

"We were in a lot of situations where we had to pass," Young said. "We had a lot of second-and-10, third-and-10. That's not our forte."

A couple of sacks ended a Marauder first-quarter drive at the Prescott 39. While Chris Denny recovered a fumble on the Badgers' next play, Mingus turned the ball over on downs at the Prescott 41. Again, Welly found himself sacked twice on that drive.

The Badgers then moved to the Marauder 22 before Jeremy Boudreau covered another fumble on a running play. Mingus responded by mounting a 19-play drive that ate the last 8:48 of the half off the clock.

The Marauders called a time out with 5 ticks left but a 28-yard field goal attempt by Scott Wilcox went wide.

The second half proved equally as frustrating. Mingus took the opening kickoff and held the ball for close to six minutes with no points. Albert Rodriguez picked off a Prescott pass in the fourth quarter but a third-down fumble ended that drive at the Badger 40.

Prescott finally got its offense rolling with 1:53 left. Parker completed an 8-yard pass to Jason Pridie, and the ball moved to the Marauder 36 after a face mask penalty.

Parker then found Micah Johnson all alone over the middle, and the senior galloped to the 7. Rodriguez made a TD-saving tackle, but another penalty moved to the ball to the 3.

On first and goal, Parker handed off to Shipp, who plowed through to the end zone standing up.

Mingus got as far as midfield on its last possession. Welly was sacked on third down, and a long spiral to Rodriguez on fourth down fell just out of reach.

On the plus side, Rodriguez provided a nice boost to the line-up in his second game back with the team. The senior hauled in five passes for 77 yards in addition to his interception late in the game.

T.J. Ricketts, another senior, also had a banner defensive game. The 5-8, 150-pounder, who is playing with a soft cast on one hand, blocked a Prescott field goal late in the third quarter – his second stuff of the season.

"We thought at the time that was going to be a big play," Young said. "(Ricketts) is our block guy. He is just a motor out there. He gets after it on defense. He gives you everything he's got."

Boudreau had a sack to go with his fumble recovery. Prescott finished with 182 total yards.

Next up for Mingus – a date with number two ranked Sunnyslope. The undefeated Vikings beat Apollo 40-6 on Friday.

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