High team finishes 8-0
Coach Kenny Mader along with assistant coach Paul Schmidt, led the Prairie junior high football team to an undefeated 8-0 record this year.
The Pirates beat Lewis County at home 52-22; Grangeville at home 42-0; Grangeville away 34-0; Kamiah away 68-38; Timberline away 54-14; Lapwai at home 78-32, ended by mercy rule in the third quarter; Lewiston at home 22-0 and Orofino at home 30-14.
Congratulations to the junior high for their teamwork and a great season! Also thanks to everyone who went and supported the team.
Shown is the Prairie Middle School Jr. High football team which last week completed an undefeated, 8-0, season. Front from left are Carl Coons, Beau Schlader, Brock Heath, Sheldon Klinkefus and Jeremy Ross. Second row from left are Kyle Holthaus, Colton Nuxoll, Brandon Poxleitner, Seth Guyer and Ryan Dalgliesh. Third row from left are Dave Johnson, Dustin Schaeffer, Joe Schumacher, Derek Schaeffer and Taylor Ratcliff. Fourth row from left are Dylan Prigge, Tyrell Langston, Conner Rieman, Branden Waller, Devin Schmidt, David Sigler and Jack George. In back are coaches Ken Mader and Paul Schmidt.
Pirates beat Lapwai for second straight win
In a hard-hitting, very competitive football game the Prairie Pirates came away with their second straight win, 26-20 over Lapwai, Friday, Oct. 21 at Cottonwood on Senior Night.
Prairie started strong as they scored the first two times they had the ball.
On the opening drive they started at their own 29 and picked up a first down on two 5-yard penalties against Lapwai.
After a second down holding penalty set them back, quarterback Mat Forsmann lofted a pass deep over the middle to Sean Daly, who caught the pass at about the 50. It looked like he would be tackled at about the Lapwai 20 but the defender was more concerned about trying to strip the ball than make the tackle and Daly was able to shrug him off and go into the end zone on a 73 yard scoring play. Forsmann ran in the 2-pointer for an 8-0 lead.
The defense shut down the Wildcats, forcing a punt with Prairie taking over at their own 42.
Ryan Daly picked up a first down with a pair of 5 yard runs.
Prairie then picked up another first down on their only pass play of the drive as Lapwai was called for pass interference.
Prairie moved down to the 27 where they faced a fourth and 1. The Pirates set up in a spread formation and Forsmann took the snap and went right up the middle untouched for a 27 yard scoring play. The conversion try failed as Prairie led 14-0.
Lapwai bounced back with a 63 yard kickoff return that set them up at the Prairie 14 yard line.
After eing set back by a holding penalty, Lapwai scored on a 20 yard pass play. Their conversion try failed making the score 14-6.
The next two possessions saw both teams move the ball only to turn it over on a fumble.
Jake Holthaus recovered Lapwai’s fumble at the Prairie 21 and Lapwai was hit with an unsportsmanlike penalty after the play.
Two plays later Prairie ran the “Chris Schumacher” special, a tackle eligible play where Forsmann completed a pass for a 31 yard gain to Schumacher.
Prairie’s drive stalled at the 18 though as they came up a foot short on fourth down.
The Pirates got the ball right back though 3 plays later as Lapwai fumble with J.D. Riener recovering at the 25.
Prairie ran the ball 3 straight times, twice by Tim Russell for 6 yards and Ryan Daly picked up the first down on a 9 yard run.
From the 10 they tried a pass play but Forsmann was rushed by the Lapwai defense. It appeared he would be tackled for a huge loss back to about the 20 but he escaped and turned the ball upfield. He broke 3 or 4 more tackles and wound up going in for the score having run about 50 yards for what went in the books as a 10-yard scoring run.
That put Prairie up 20-6 with 4:20 left in the first half.
Lapwai came right back with a long drive picking up a couple of big first downs on third and longs with pass plays. They scored a touchdown with just 1:09 left in the half and added the 2-pointer to cut Prairie’s lead to 20-14.
Prairie tried to score in the final minute but turned the ball over on downs at their own 27. The Pirates then dodged a bullet when Lapwai’s receiver dropped a deep pass on the final play of the half.
Early in the third quarter both teams played giveaway. Prairie started the half with an onside kick with Corey Schaeffer recovering at the Lapwai 47 after Jake Holthaus had blasted the Lapwai player who tried to pick up the ball.
Prairie couldn’t capitalize though as a 12 yard loss on a sack was followed by an interception that Lapwai returned to the 5 yard line.
Prairie dodged a score there when Lapwai fumbled on the next play with Schaeffer getting his second fumble recovery out at the 16.
Prairie kept the ball only 5 plays before Danny Riener was intercepted trying to throw the ball back to quarterback Forsmann.
Prairie got the ball right back though when Lapwai’s Wade Anderson fumbled on his second straight carry with Schumacher recovering at the Prairie 34.
Prairie picked up a first down on Ryan Daly’s 13 yard run but were then forced to punt. Forsmann’s punt was blocked and Lapwai took over at the Prairie 40.
Four straight pass plays later, Lapwai connected for a 30 yard scoring play to tie the game at 20 with 2:44 left in the third quarter.
Prairie came right back though with a 13 play drive, all runs, that was helped out by 20 yards in penalties by the Wildcats. Two of the four 5-yard penalties helped Prairie convert third down plays.
Riener ended the drive by bursting up the middle for 6 yards and the touchdown to put Prairie up 26-20 with 9:52 left in the game.
Lapwai got a big return on the kickoff out to the 40 but fumbled at the end of the run with Sean Daly recovering at the Lapwai 40.
Forsmann passed to Phil Henry on first down for 25 yards but the play was called back by a penalty.
Eventually Prairie was forced to punt fromt heir own 40 after another penalty and a 12 yard loss. Lapwai took over at their own 25 and picked up a first down on 3 running plays.
They then tried a pass but Sean Daly intercepted at the Prairie 34.
Prairie was forced to punt and Lapwai took over at the Prairie 39 after a 12 yard return.
After picking up a first down, Lapwai lost 21 yards on a holding penalty that occurred 11 yards behind the line of scrimmage. That set up a fourth and 26 from the Prairie 45 and Lapwai’s deep pass attempt was picked off by Sean Daly at the Prairie 18. He returned the ball out to the 40 and Prairie was able to run out the clock for the win.
Prairie gained 158 yards rushing led by Riener who had 79 yards on 20 carries. Ryan Daly added 46 yards on 16 carries and Russell had 22 yards on 16 carries. Forsmann gained just 11 yards on 12 carries but 5 sacks cost him 42 yards.
Forsmann completed 3 of 5 pass attempts with an interception for 118 yards. Sean Daly caught 1 pass for 73 yards, Schumacher 1 for 31 yards and Ryan Daly 1 for 14 yards.
The Prairie defense held Lapwai to just 29 rushing yards on 27 attempts.
Lapwai quarterback Preston Leighton completed 8 of 15 pass attempts with 2 interceptions for 152 yards.
Lapwai was assessed 12 penalties in the game for 110 yards. Prairie was assessed 7 penalties for 46 yards.
On defense Riener had 11 tackles while Schumacher and Russell each had 9 tackles. Forsmann had 5 tackles. Sean Daly had 4 tackles and 2 interceptions and Daniel Sigler had 4 tackles.
With the win Prairie improves to 3-5 overall and 2-4 in league play. Their final game of the season is at Kendrick this Friday at 7 p.m.
Lapwai 6 8 6 0 -20
Prairie 14 6 0 6 -26
P-S. Daly 73 pass from Forsmann (Forsmann run)
P-Forsmann 27 run (pass failed)
L-Keller 20 pass from Leighton (run failed)
P-Forsmann 10 run (run failed)
L-Anderson 3 run (Keller pass from Leighton)
L-Wilson 30 pass from Leighton (run failed)
P-Riener 6 run (run failed)
11 earn medals
Cottonwood Wrestling Club had 24 wrestlers attend the Snake River Tournament in Clarkston on Saturday Oct 22. Ten of them were first time wrestlers.
Bringing home a Gold were Tyrell Langston and Garrett Schmidt. A Silver went to Hunter Chaffee, Hunter McWilliams, Tyler Ross, Nick Cruetzberg, Nathan Matson and Brandon Poxleitner. Earning a Bronze were Drew Cochran, Justin Ross, and Tayler Heitman.
Their next tournament will be Saturday Oct 29th in Kamiah.
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