It’s been five years since Bradshaw Mountain’s football team lost four straight games, but that streak would come to an abrupt end Friday night in Tempe.
On Homecoming at Marcos de Niza, the Padres edged the Bears, 16-11, keeping Bradshaw Mountain winless at 0-4. The Bears last lost four in a row in 2012, when they finished the campaign on a five-game slide.
“It was a tight one,” said first-year Bradshaw Mountain coach Chuck Moller, who has a green squad this fall. “But a lot of good things happened.”
Marcos de Niza of the Desert Sky region, which nipped Prescott, 15-14, in Week 1, evened its record at 2-2 to snap a two-game skid.
In a 4A Week 4 clash, the Bears changed up their defense to a 4-4 scheme with four down linemen, which worked well. During the second half, Bradshaw Mountain forced three punts and took over on downs once. Moller credited linemen Hunter Rowe and Connor Scott for their contributions.
“We made a wholesale change on defense, and mainly it was personnel that forced us to go to a four-front, a pressure front,” Moller said. “We mixed it back and forth. I’m pleased with the defense.”
On offense, star senior quarterback Tim Young started at linebacker after missing the past game-and-a-half due to injury. Moller said Young is healthy now. Austin Gonzalez earned his second consecutive start in place of Young at QB, although both saw time under center.
“Gonzo’s throwing the ball well, and we love to have Gonzo run,” Moller said. “At best, the both of them [Young and Gonzalez] are four-game QBs with no snaps before this year.”
Prior to Friday’s game, Moller said Bradshaw Mountain’s offense couldn’t…
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