APACHE JUNCTION — The Apache Junction Prospectors have put together a strong 2021 campaign. The team will go into their final game with a 6-2 overall record, and will be in the mix for the 4A conference playoffs.
However, the Prospectors will have their hands full in their final game of the season Friday, as they will face the Phoenix Trevor G. Browne Bruins of the 6A conference.
The Prospectors have been led by key performances from some standout young players. With junior quarterback Gavin Limongello, and sophomores Isaiah Savoie and Garrett Garcia.
Limoncello has been a dual threat signal caller all season, passing for 1,591 yards and connecting on 13 touchdowns this season. To go along with his impressive passing statistics, Limongello has rushed for 819 yards and has scored 11 times on the ground.
“This year the thought process was (Savioe) can carry more of the load running ball, which really makes it easier for (Limongello) because he doesn’t need to run as much, it has really just opened up the offense,” Prospectors head coach Bruce Binkley said. “I used to believe that football was about putting your head to the ground and just hammering people, but it’s just not that way anymore. It’s not hard, we just let these kids play and they go. Most of the time it works out because these kids are such good athletes.”
Binkley had nothing but high praise for his Big Three at the skill level positions, saying how all of their hard work this season is paying dividends under the lights on Friday nights.
“We have a quarterback that is over 2,000 total yards, a running back that is over 1,000 yards rushing, and a receiver that is over 1,000 yards receiving, and they are all juniors and sophomores, they are all phenomenal,” Binkley said. “What’s nice for all three of those kids is if the defense stacks the box, Gavin can just throw it to Garrett. If they want to double team Garrett, we can hand it off to Isaiah. We are a very difficult team to stop right now.”
Although Apache Junction is due for a tough match up against an experienced Bruins team, Binkley is treating this final game of the regular season no different than their previous matchups. He says that he and the rest of the team are excited for the chance to not only play in the playoffs, but possibly host a playoff game.
“Personally I’m excited, and I am excited for the boys and for this community,” Binkley said. “The guys have handled their success very well, and I don’t think they realize how good they can actually be, I really believe that in my heart. I don’t think there’s anybody in the state in 4A that we can’t play with. With the athletes that we have, we are going to be a very hard out, and I don’t think the boys really understand how far they can go if they stay healthy and get a little bit lucky.”