Bradshaw Mountain Football Loses Momentum and Falls to Flagstaff

24 September 2017  
Bradshaw Mountain Bears senior quarterback Timmy Young tosses a ball during a home matchup against the undefeated Flagstaff Eagles on Friday, September 22nd, 2017 in Prescott Valley, Arizona. All Photos Courtesy: Ron Williams

Bears Football Loses Lead Before Halftime and Doesn't Recover, Drops Fifth Straight

PRESCOTT VALLEY- After going 0-4 to start the season, the Bradshaw Mountain Bears football team was looking to turn their luck in the first game of section play against the undefeated Flagstaff Eagles at home, Friday, September 23rd. After a fast start, the Bears fell behind seconds before halftime and never recovered to lose their fifth straight game 44-37.

“We were coming into this game thinking it was a new season for us…once it came for the region time it’s a new season, we’re 0-0,” Bradshaw Mountain football senior offensive linebacker and quarterback Timmy Young said. “We started out pretty strong, coming out on top, (and) throughout the game we just kind of let out. We started missing tackles, started missing our assignments, we lost the mental focus.”

A field goal along with a touchdown by senior Devon Olsen from junior quarterback Austin Gonzalez had Bradshaw Mountain ahead 9-0 early. Flagstaff would respond with a touchdown but Bradshaw Mountain added another touchdown of their own on a reception from Bryan Price for a 16-7 lead in the second quarter.

The tide would turn against Bradshaw Mountain in the final minute before halftime as Flagstaff scored a touchdown and followed it up with a field goal after recovering a fumble with ten seconds remaining, giving Flagstaff a one-point advantage.

Coming out of the half, Flagstaff would tack on an additional twenty unanswered points before Bradshaw Mountain would score again on Olsen’s second touchdown of the night.

The momentum would be wiped away with an interception at the goal line on Bradshaw’s next drive, which leads to a one-hundred-yard interception return from Flagstaff Eagles’ senior free safety Shane Lusk for a touchdown.

The Bears would cut into the 21-point deficit with eight minutes left in the game on two touchdowns from Ayden Otero but Flagstaff would end the game with a kneel down in the final minute.

Bradshaw Mountain had three costly turnovers in the game with a fumble and interception in the red-zone along with another interception that set Flagstaff up in a prime position on Bradshaw’s side of the field, later turning into a touchdown.

“Whether we see it on the wins and losses, we are improving, we’re moving the ball,” Bradshaw Mountain Bears head coach Chuck Moller said. “We got to stop self-inflicted wounds…you can’t survive with the talent and numbers we have when you give it to a team that’s undefeated.”

Gonzalez tossed five touchdowns in the loss with two touchdown receptions each from Otero and Olsen with one from Price.

Bradshaw Mountain High School football (0-5, 0-1 4A Grand Canyon) looks to end the slide as section play continues on Friday, September 29th, with a road game against Mingus (2-3, 2-0 4A Grand Canyon) at 7 pm.


Young was awarded homecoming king for 2017 and Olivia Keating took home honors as homecoming queen.

Grand Canyon Football Standings
Team                        W-L       W-L
Flagstaff                    2-0        5-0
Mingus                      2-0        2-3
Prescott                    1-0        3-2
Mohave                     1-2        2-3
Coconino                   0-1       1-4
Bradshaw Mountain 0-1       0-5
Lee Williams              0-2       3-2
Friday, September 29 Schedule-All games at 7pm
Prescott at Mohave
Bradshaw Mountain at Mingus
Lee Williams at Coconino
Thunderbird at Flagstaff


Prescott 21, Lee Williams 6
Fountain Hills 52, Chino Valley 6
Mayer 42, Valley Lutheran 8
Bagdad 68, NFL Yet 22
Apollo 49, Arcadia 0
Buckeye 59, Washington 10
Cactus Shadows 36, Moon Valley 2
Casteel 70, Show Low 7
Cactus 63, St. Mary's 14
Centennial 45, Westview 14
Central 22, Camelback 13
Chandler 59, Mountain Ridge 20
Chaparral 22, Sunnyslope 3
Chavez 20, Fairfax 12
Cibola 28, Alhambra 0
Copper Canyon 56, Trevor Browne 27
Corona Del Sol 28, Boulder Creek 14
Deer Valley 31, Agua Fria 7
Desert Ridge 63, Desert Mountain 27
Desert Vista 42, Dobson 0
Estrella Foothills 59, Cortez 0
Ganado 28, Chinle 16
Gilbert Christian 64, Joy Christian 3
Glendale 34, North Canyon 14
Greenway 19, Shadow Mountain 12
Hamilton 27, Skyline 17
Higley 65, Apache Junction 6
Horizon 58, Phoenix North 0
Ironwood 55, Vista Grande 7
La Joya 67, Sierra Linda 0
Lake Havasu 39, Independence 23
Liberty 34, Paradise Valley 7
Many Farms 26, Valley Sanders 6
Marcos de Niza 51, Casa Grande 20
Maryvale 26, Carl Hayden 25
McClintock 41, Goldwater 7
Mesa 31, Basha 29
Mingus 36, Mohave 25
Mountain View 42, Brophy Prep 14
O'Connor 16, Millennium 15
Page 72, Holbrook 35
Peoria 31, Dysart 16
Perry 56, Highland 6
Queen Creek 21, Ironwood Ridge 14
Red Mountain 41, Gilbert 28
Paradise Honors 29, Parker 16
Saguaro 24, Sunrise Mountain 21
Salome 66, St. David 12
San Manuel 78, Tombstone 13
Seton Catholic 38, Coronado 0
St. Johns 47, Morenci 12
Tempe 27, Combs 21
Thatcher 52, Pima 20
Thunderbird 40, Youngker 39
Tonopah Valley 36, Camp Verde 0
Tuba City 26, Window Rock 0
Valley Christian 48, Wickenburg 6
Westwood 28, Tolleson 14
Williams 72, Joseph City 0
Williams Field 28, Campo Verde 27
Winslow 24, Coconino 14