In search of their first playoff bid in a decade, the No. 16 Flagstaff Eagles postseason dreams took a significant hit Friday night in Prescott.

Falling 22-12 to the No. 20 Prescott Badgers (6-3, 4-1 Grand Canyon), the Eagles (6-3, 3-2) now sit behind a trio of one-loss region schools with just one week remaining.

Plagued by injuries, losing a few more key contributes again Friday night, the Eagles offense struggled to maintain drives while scoring just six points against the Badgers.

While Prescott opened the scoring with a second-quarter field goal from 23 yards out, Flagstaff scored the first touchdown of the game on a pick-six by Michael Becenti a little more than two minutes of game time later.

However, Flagstaff's lead was short-lived as Ryan Greene broke off an 80-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage after the ensuing kickoff. Greene later put the game away with a 72-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Austin Clarke, giving the Badgers the 22-12 lead with 3:43 remaining after the Eagles drew within one possession to start the fourth quarter.

Two flags were thrown on the touchdown catch, but were picked up by officials and keeping the touchdown on the board.

Flagstaff's offense scored its first touchdown of the night on the first play of the final quarter, as Henry Tagle hit Colton Bond for a 6-yard touchdown after penalties on Prescott kept the drive alive.

Trailing 16-12 with 11:56 remaining in the game, Flagstaff's hopes remained alive as Prescott botched a snap on a short field goal with more than eight minutes remaining.

With the Eagles unable to generate a drive to take the lead, the Badgers put the game out of reach with Greene's second touchdown.

Leading 9-6 late in the first half, Prescott extended its lead to 10 points as Clark hit Ean Porter for a 21-yard touchdown after Flagstaff just missed recovering a fumble to end the drive.

Likely to slip in the 4A rankings, pushing them out of playoff contention, the Eagles will finish the regular season against the rival Coconino Panthers (1-8, 0-5) Friday in the Walkup Skydome, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.


Cody Bashore serves as the beat writer for Northern Arizona University basketball and football in addition to covering high school sports around Flagstaff for the Arizona Daily Sun.

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