Prescott Patriots Have the Talent to Challenge for the Title
The Patriots play in the Arizona Football League, AzFL. It is club, amateur for young players right out of high school that want to stay on film, possibly be recruited for college. Plus the older players looking for a chance to pad up again and rejoin the brotherhood of gladiators.
Most of the players live and work in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Cottonwood, Camp Verde and Mayer. Some played together or against one another in high school. Others have played as team mates on one of the prior AzFL teams like the Bandits, Broncos, Sinners, Golden Knights or the Raptors.
One thing is certain, they have a rare opportunity to come together and represent their region in Northern Arizona on a stage that features teams from around the state.
The league was fortunate to secure Mayer High School, home of the Wildcats as their home field. It is one of the finest grass fields in the North and is just two miles West of the Cordes Junction exit on the I-17.
This is their first year together as a team. Like the teams in Tucson, the Patriots will play some games at Mayer HS and some on the road in Phoenix. That field is just 45 minutes South at Thunderbird High School.
The squad will be hosting a four game day on Saturday, April 22 at Mayer HS. Their game will be the feature event at 6:30 PM vs the Tucson Punisher, another first year team.
So far the team is 3-3 and doing well, especially considering they came together as the season began eight weeks ago. Team owner and coach Shane Golay has put a lot into making this become a reality for the local players. He picked the name, logo and colors to represent his pride as a veteran of the U.S. Military.
The offense is talented with Cliff Gaskill at quarterback, Ricky Herrera lines up in several offensive positions and plays on defense as well. Roosevelt Ross III will take snaps and line up at running back plus make plays on defense. They have some great targets throw to in Matt Bailey, Brian Skinner, Israel Montijo, Noah Sanders and Mason Bartlett.
They also have some talented linemen on both sides of the ball. Michael Cook, Bob DeJesus, Rick Visser, Joe Leyva, Michael Boothe, Ryan “Rhino” Warren, Mathew Haase, Tristan Taylor and Alex Price.
The defense features players that line up on the “O” and “D”. Some of the key defenders are Kevin Pinkard, Angel Gonzalez, Damien Baca, Kevin Youngblood, David Eargood. They fill out a talented tough, team.
There are some players that live in the Phoenix area like Antwain Clark, Bobby Pacheco and Tristan Taylor.
Owner and Coach Shane Golay is here for the long haul. He hopes to build platform for the kids that graduate high school and want to continue playing. The great thing is how the veterans are willing to help teach and develop the younger players. The youngsters are also willing to do more, work harder and build a solid program. Together they will step up and fill the gaps of leadership and coaching both on the field and off.
Building a program is not easy, but the rewards are huge for all. Representing the communities where you live and work makes it special. It is good to know that the players are putting the team first to make this work. The payoff is already starting as more young players from the region are joining each week. The sky is the limit for the Patriots. I am going to enjoy watching this team bring back the excitement this season and beyond.
For anyone wanting to play this year, the roster stays open until the playoffs begin. To see the schedule, go here. To get more info on joining go here. You will need your own helmet and pads. A bonus for joining now and playing right away is that you will be registered in the AzFL for the remainder of the 2017 season, and also for the entire 2018 season.
Prescott Patriots 2017 3-3 Rank #5
Wins vs Raiders 26-20, vs Head Hunters 34-30, vs Raiders 28-6
Losses vs Dragons 28-0, vs Dragons 33-30 OT, vs Crusaders 34-6
Points Scored 124 Points Allowed 151
Games Remaining: in PHX 4/8 5pm vs Tempe Predators, 4/15 5pm vs East Valley Vengeance, 4/22 in Mayer 6:30 vs Tucson Punishers, in PHX 4/29 5pm vs Tucson Demons