The Flagstaff Eagles and Coconino Panthers both had to rally from fourth quarter deficits to win at home Friday. Flagstaff took on Mingus in the Skydome, in a game that kicked off at 5 p.m. Mingus took it to the Eagles from the start as Angelo Alvarez returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown to start the game. He would add a second kickoff return for a touchdown to give the Marauders a 35-21 lead at halftime. Then with a minute left, Flagstaff scored and converted the two point attempt tie the game at 42. The Eagles then went for the onside kick and recovered it. Three plays later, Flagstaff quarterback Bodie Maier connects with Jake Weidinger for a touchdown pass with six seconds-left to win the game 49-42. The Eagles are 3-0 and will travel to Thunderbird to take on the Titans. We’ll have that game starting at 6:30 p.m. on KAFF Country 93.5/AM 930. The Coconino Panthers began their season Friday against the Cactus Shadows Falcons from the 5A conference. The Panthers scored first on an 11 play drive, ending on a touchdown from senior running back Jonathan Jaramillo from six-yards out. It’s remarkable that Jaramillo got back on the field to begin with. He missed last season after he fell out of truck and landed on his head, suffering major injuries. He fought back to run for 119 yards en route to the win for Coconino. The Falcons would take their first lead in the fourth quarter 24-20. However on the ensuing drive, the Panthers drove the field with a huge pass play from sophomore Enoch Watson to senior Jacob Clouse, getting the Panthers to the one-yard line. Clouse punched it in on the next play and the Panthers took the lead, 26-24 with more than a minute to play. The Falcons would drive down, but Coconino held them at around midfield, turning them over on downs to seal the win. Coconino will head to Tempe to take on Marcos de Niza next Friday night.
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