9/22/2013 6:00:00 AM Stout Bradshaw defense shuts down Kingman Bulldogs
Kingman defensive back Skyler Burgess makes the tackle against this Bradshaw Mountain running back Friday. Burgess has 12 tackles – eight of them unassisted – as well as a fumble recovery and interception. On offense, Burgess had five catches for 101 yards and a touchdown and returned four kickoffs for 82 yards.
KINGMAN - The Kingman High Bulldogs could not run the ball against a stout Bradshaw Mountain defense Friday in a game that was marred by 17 penalties between the teams - eight for personal fouls - and a combined eight turnovers in a 31-14 Bulldog loss.
Bulldog quarterback Tyler Logas led the team in rushing with nine carries for 51 yards. Six other Bulldog rushers combined for an anemic 18 yards.
"We just couldn't run," said Bulldog coach David Ward. "We couldn't get past three steps."
The Bulldogs had better luck in the air, with Logas completing nearly 50 percent of his passes, going 17 of 35 for 256 yards and a touchdown to receiver Skyler Burgess, who once again had an outstanding game on both sides of the ball.
Unfortunately, Logas also threw three interceptions thanks in large part to tipped balls. The Bulldogs also gave up a fumble and were penalized eight times for 70 yards, including three personal fouls.
The Bradshaw Mountain Bears broke the ice at the 8:26 mark of the first quarter on a 22-yard run. The extra point kick went wide left.
The Bears struck again with 1:30 left in the first quarter on a 38-yard pass play. The two point conversion attempt failed, making the score 12-0.
Kingman cut the lead to six with 3:32 left in the half when Jesus Barazza barreled in from the 1-yard line.
The Bulldog defense, which faced a no-huddle Bears offense for the entire game, gave up an 80-yard pass for a touchdown less than a minute later. The extra point attempt was blocked and the Bulldogs went into halftime trailing 18-7.
The Bears returned a punt 65 yards for another score with 2:05 left in the third quarter and the two-point conversion attempt failed when Burgess intercepted the pass, putting the Bulldogs down by 17 points.
The game was essentially decided six minutes later, after the Bulldogs failed to convert on four attempts from the Bears' 1-yard line.
The Bulldog defense gave up a 95-yard touchdown run two plays later - and that's when the flags started flying like Frisbees.
Curiously, it wasn't the Bulldogs who lost their composure, but the Bears, who were up by 24 points with the game in hand barring a comeback for the ages.
Over the next several minutes, the Bears were called for four of their five personal fouls and more could have been called. A violent helmet-to-helmet hit on Burgess was not called and neither was a block in the back on a punt return that also victimized Burgess.
The officials almost lost control of the game after several skirmishes late in the fourth quarter. After the teams traded offsetting personal fouls, coach David Ward calmed his players and Bears coach Jared Woodruff did the same on his side of the field.
The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard when Burgess caught a 10-yard pass from Logas with 1:45 remaining in the game and the point after was good.
Burgess had five catches for 101 yards. Joe Scott had three for 60 yards in another solid outing. Sean Curran had four catches for 43 yards and Daniel Williford had two for 38 yards.
Burgess also starred on special teams, returning four kickoffs for 82 yards.
Burgess also led the team on defense with 12 tackles, eight of them solo, and a fumble recovery.
Curran had a drive-stopping interception in the second quarter and cornerback Isiah Perez had another key pick in the fourth. Noah Spry and Scott each recovered a fumble.
The teams had four turnovers apiece in the hard-hitting game, something both coaches touched on afterwards.
"We gotta get better holding on to the ball," said Woodruff. "Four turnovers is not what we want."
Ward said Bradshaw Mountain was simply more motivated.
"They wanted it more," said Ward, adding the Bulldogs' failure to convert from the 1 on four attempts with the game still in reach was pivotal.
"It's a game of inches and they won that game by one inch on that series," said Ward.
The Bulldogs were still in the game when the Bears mounted the goal line stand, but they were out of it when they let a speedy Bears running back weave 95 yards after the Prescott Valley team took over on downs from the 5-yard line.
Ward said Burgess and Logas both had good games, and he was pleased Logas was able to do things through the air when the Bears' defense shut down the Bulldog running game.
"Things started clicking for him and he was calling his own pass plays at the line. I was glad to see that," said Ward.
The Bulldogs held the ball nearly 30 minutes compared to the Bears' 18 and had 15 first downs to the Bears' 12. The Bulldogs also ran 73 offensive plays to the Bears' 55, but the Bears defense kept the Bulldogs on a leash.
Ward said the Bears, 3-2, were the toughest team the 2-2 Bulldogs have faced at this point in the season.
The Bulldogs head to Flagstaff Friday to take on the 1-3 Coconino Panthers.