win Homecoming game
The Prairie football overcame a 16 point deficit to claim their first victory since Oct. 2003 and only their second win in the past 3 season 42-38 over Deary Friday, September 16 at Cottonwood.
It was also their first Homecoming game win since 2002 when they beat Wallace 12-0.
Things started badly for the Pirates as they fumbled the ball away on their first play from scrimmage with Deary scoring 4 plays later.
The first of many Deary miscues allowed the Pirates to come back and tie the game though. Deary had forced Prairie to punt but the Deary return man muffed the punt and J.D. Riener recovered at the Deary 13 yard line.
On the next play Danny Riener burst up the middle all the way to the end zone for a touchdown. Mat Forsmann ran a keeper to the left for the tying 2-point conversion.
Prairie looked like they would take the lead near the end of the first quarter as they moved the ball down to the Deary 9 yard line thanks to a pair of big gainers by Riener of 14 and 16 yards.
A couple of 5-yard penalties helped stop the drive though and Prairie turned the ball over on downs at the 14.
Deary then got a couple of huge gains from Chris Pratt of 24 and 40 yards and took the ball the length of the field for the go-ahead touchdown.
After forcing Prairie to punt again, the Mustangs again put together a scoring drive to take an 8-24 lead with 4:07 left in the first half.
Prairie bounced back though thanks to a big play. After Ryan Daly had picked up a first down out to the Prairie 32 with a 10-yard gain, Forsmann tossed a short pass out to the right to Sean Daly. Sean was able to break loose down the sideline for a 66-yard gain before being caught at the 2 yard line.
Ryan Daly went over the left side for the touchdown on the next play. The conversion failed leaving Prairie 10 points behind at 14-24.
Deary looking to run out the clock, went for it on fourth and 3 at their own 37. It looked like they’d made it until the officials discussed it and moved the ball back about a foot from their initial spot marking it just short of a first down.
Prairie took over at the 40 but were hit with a penalty right away.
Forsmann then scrambled out of shotgun formation for a 15 yard gain.
He then passed deep over the middle to Phil Henry for a 30 yard gain and the touchdown. The conversion again failed but Prairie was within 4 points by halftime at 20-24.
In the third quarter Deary came out and drove down the field for a touchdown to push their lead back to 10 at 20-30.
Prairie then was forced to punt but Deary muffed the punt for the second time in the game and Danny Riener recovered at the Deary 14.
After Riener gained 2 yards, Ryan Daly went over left tackle for 12 yards for his second touchdown of the game. Forsmann ran in the 2-pointer to cut the lead to 28-30.
Deary answered back with another long drive. They managed to score despite having a long touchdown run called back on an illegal block.
With 3:24 left in the third quarter they scored and added the 2-point conversion to take a 28-38 lead.
From that point to the end of the game, Deary only had the ball for 4 offensive plays.
Prairie took the kickoff with Sean Daly returning it 25 yards to the 40. From there Prairie put together a 12-play 60 yard drive for a touchdown that cut the lead to 4 at 34-38. Ryan Daly scored from the 1 for his third touchdown of the game.
Prairie then attempted an onside kick. Jacob Holthaus’ kick rolled then took a high bounce over the first line of defense then ricocheted off a Deary player with Corey Schaeffer finally recovering the ball for Prairie at the Deary 47 yard line.
From there Prairie was able to grind out another 12-play scoring drive that was helped by a couple of Deary penalties.
Ryan Daly finished it off with his fourth touchdown of the game, this time a 4-yard run. Forsmann then passed to Henry for the 2-pointer to give Prairie a 42-38 lead with 6:16 left to play.
Deary survived another muffed kick as they took over at their own 29. After gaining 15 yards and picking up a first down, they made another costly mistake though as quarterback Dustin Eggers fumbled with Daniel Sigler recovering for Prairie at the 43 yard line.
Three straight runs by Ryan Daly netted 13 yards and a first down.
The next 3 running plays though were stopped setting up a fourth and 11 with about 2 minutes to play. Riener ran an apparent sweep to the right but then pulled up and passed to Henry down inside the 5. Henry caught the pass to set up first and goal.
Rather than attempt another score, Prairie chose to run out the clock as Forsmann dropped to a knee twice.
Prairie wound up with 200 yards rushing on 48 attempts. Daly had 85 yards on 19 carries with 4 touchdowns while Riener had 83 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown.
Forsmann completed 4 of 12 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown while Riener was 1 for 1 for 29 yards.
Deary gained 316 yards rushing as Pratt had 211 yards on 20 carries. They gained just 16 yards passing though as they attempted just 2 passes, completed both.
Prairie had a slim 348-322 edge in total yardage.
The big difference though was 3 turnovers for Deary to just 1 for Prairie.
Seth Crane led the defense with 14 tackles. Danny Riener had 10 tackles and a fumble recovery. Schaeffer had 8 tackles, 1 sack and 1 fumble recovery. Tim Russell had 7 tackles. Clark Tacke had 5 tackles and a sack. Forsmann, Sean Daly and Nick Johnson each had 4 tackles. Sigler had 3 tackles and fumble recovery.
With the win Prairie is 1-3 on the season and 1-2 in league play. Their next game is at Timberline this Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.
Deary 8 16 14 0 -38
Prairie 8 12 8 14 -42
D-Pratt 1 run (Clark run)
P-Riener 13 run (Forsmann run)
D-Pratt 5 run (Pratt run)
D-Pratt 35 run (Clark run)
P-R. Daly 2 run (run failed)
P-Henry 30 pass from Forsmann (run failed)
D-Pratt 5 run (run failed)
P-R. Daly 12 run (Forsmann run)
D-Pratt 1 run (Stewart pass from Eggers)
P-R. Daly 1 run (pass failed)
P-R. Daly 4 run (Henry pass from Forsmann)
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