It’s a mild fall Friday afternoon in Prescott Valley at Bradshaw Mountain High School with their game against rival Prescott still several hours away. The campus is quiet but as the sun begins to set, the stadium begins to fill.
There’s a new attitude surrounding the 7-1 Bears’ football program, who are off to their best start in 32 years, thanks in large part to second-year head coach Chuck Moller and old-school philosophy which has blended well with his lunch pail team.
“The cupboard was not bare when we got here,” Moller said to Sports360AZ.com. “There were good coaches before we got here. Our coaching philosophies are different but everybody has the same goals and that’s to be successful. What really helps us is we have great administration.”
The calm before the storm: @Phsgridiron making the 13-mile trip to take on @Bmhsbearnation. SRO crowd of 7,000 expected here in #PrescottValley. #FridayNight360AZ pic.twitter.com/6boLx0HjQS
— Eric Sorenson (@EricSports360AZ) October 6, 2018
Bradshaw’s administration has provided Moller and other coaches on campus upgraded facilities to help compete at the highest level in the 4A Grand Canyon Region.
“First of all we want to thank the community, this was done with B-Bond 11 years ago when the community rallied,” BMHS Principal Kort Miner explained to Sports360AZ.com. “The 10-year bond was ending and we had to spend that money on the facilities.”
Both the football and baseball fields got facelifts. The Bears’ gridiron squad now has the ability to both practice and play on field turf, a major advantage as the weather turns this time of year.