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It was a game of battling offenses. 

The Bradshaw Mountain Bears and Marcos de Niza Padres, two high-powered offensive teams who were playing well lately, clashed at Bradshaw Mountain High School Friday night as the Padres used a third quarter burst to run-away with the victory 53-33. 

Coming into Friday night’s matchup, the Bradshaw Bears won two games in a row after losing in the first week to Cactus on the road. Marcos de Niza was also red-hot coming in as the Padres have yet to suffer a defeat this season. 

The game was figured to be a high-scoring affair as both teams so far this season have scored at least 30 points per match.

The first quarter was fairly close throughout with the first score of the game taking place with just under three minutes remaining and belonged to the Bradshaw Bears courtesy of a strike from quarterback Gunner Bundrick to Abraham Hernandez in the Padres’ red zone.   This gave the Bears an early 7-0 lead before the Padres responded on the next drive with a score of their own but missed the extra point to remain behind by one point.

The score would stay the same through most of the second quarter until both offensives woke up with two and a half minutes remaining before halftime. The scoring started when a ball thrown by Padres quarterback Nazareth Greer bounced off Jesse Guzman’s hands and was intercepted by the Bears’ Tye Garcia who carried it 42 yards along the sideline for a touchdown. The Bears later missed the field goal pushing the lead to 13-6. Similar to earlier in the game, the Padres responded on the very next drive as Marcos de Niza drove down the field to the Bears goal line where Zyayre Moss ran in for a touchdown tying the game at 13 after a successful extra point. An important part of this drive was Guzman’s ability to stay on his feet and gain a new set of downs when forced out of the pocket by the Bears facing third down and fifteen on their own side of the field. 

The Bears were looking to respond with a minute remaining in the second quarter but it would prove to be a costly drive for Bradshaw Mountain as they marched down the field nicely before Bundrick was sacked which caused the ball to be fumbled and picked up by the Padres’ Marcus Green who ran the football back 74 yards for a touchdown. In a matter of minutes, the Bears lead disappeared and were now trailing at halftime 19-13.  

The third quarter was a nightmare for the Bears who were outscored 27-14. Just minutes into the second half, the Padres’ Zyayre Moss was able to find a hole in the Bears defense and powered through for a 53-yard touchdown pushing the lead to 26-13. Bradshaw Mountain later responded with a touchdown but the Padres would score three touchdowns before the Bears reached the endzone again which included a 46-yard reception from Greer to Joren Davis, a 24-yard connection between Greer and Anthony Steinpreis and another touchdown from Moss after being set-up in good field position due to an interception by Tyshawn Britton who, just as the Bears’ had done earlier, picked off the ball after it bounced off the hands of a receiver from the opposing team. 

The Bears tried to comeback late in the third quarter as Bundrick was able to connect with Ryan Shaver for a 22-yard-touchdown to decrease the Padre lead to a 46-27 deficit and later in the fourth rushing for a 20-yard touchdown; but the Padres tacked on another touchdown to ice the game and win 53-33. 

“We made some mistakes,” said Bradshaw Mountain Bears coach David Moran after the game. “We’re just going to get better each day, each week, and respond from this loss.”

Both quarterbacks had a good night through the air and on the ground. The Padres’ Guzman threw for 374 yards and ran for 108 yards with three touchdowns while the Bears’ Bundrick recorded 257 yards through the air and 167 yards on the ground with two touchdowns. 

Next up the Bradshaw Bears will look to start a new winning streak as they hit the road for a matchup with Flagstaff, Friday at 7:30 pm. Meanwhile, the Macros De Niza Padres take their perfect 4-0 record back home for a Friday night game against Casa Grande with a 7:00 pm kickoff. 

Local scores:

Prescott High School Badgers (w) 32 @ Moon Valley Rockets(l) 29

Bradshaw Mountain Bears (l) 33  vs. Marcos de Niza Padres (w) 53

Bagdad Sultans (w) 68 vs. Anthem Prep (l) 0

Mayer Wildcats (w)  24 vs. Salome (l) 14


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