The Bradshaw Mountain High football team's defense earned the Bears a 14-6 Homecoming win over Mingus Union Friday at Bob Pavlich Field in Prescott Valley.
With just 133 total yards of offense on the night, they had to. And they did it by keeping the Marauders out of the end zone and forcing turnovers on downs.
"At halftime, I pretty much told the guys we want to do more than hold on, we want to keep on pulling the rope," Bradshaw head coach Jared Woodruff said.
Each team scored a touchdown without converting extra points in the first quarter. Mingus struck first, but Bradshaw's special teams countered immediately with the game's scoring highlight - Colton Audsley's dancing, juking, 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
"Colton's a pretty shifty guy. The other team has to keep its head on the swivel," Woodruff said. "He's good at setting people up, running the defense into his blockers, so we get some big hits."
Mingus got a safety to lead 8-6 at the half.
Early in the third quarter, Augie Espinoza intercepted a Mingus pass to start a Bradshaw drive that culminated in a successful 2-point conversion by Jose Carlos after a TD from Shane Sorrells.
But the big story was defense.
"Mingus is a very well-coached team," Woodruff said, adding, "Our defense did a great job. Mingus had 300 yards on offense, but got only six points. We had a little over 100 and got eight points."
He said the accepted average is a TD for every 100 yards, so the Bears at least were productive in their sparse offense.
When looking for another silver lining for offense, he said Bradshaw was the only team to score against powerhouse Saguaro in the month of September.
Bradshaw, 4-1 overall and 3-0 at home, will be Coconino's visitors in Flagstaff this week.
"Coconino's got some talented guys and it's their Homecoming," Woodruff said. "We plan to go up there and crash their party."