The Prairie football team thoroughly dominated Meadows Valley as they won their season opener 54-8 at Cottonwood Friday, August 25.
Meadows Valley turned the ball over the first five times they had the ball and had 7 turnovers altogether.
The tone for the game was set on the first two plays. Ronnie Chandler kicked off for Prairie. He was supposed to kick deep but didnít hit the ball solid and it only just cleared the front line of Meadows Valleyís return team. Nobody from the Mountaineers went after the ball and Chandler wound up recovering it for the Pirates at the 36 yard line.
On the next play Danny Riener went left with the ball, cut back to the middle and broke free for a 36 yard touchdown run and a 6-0 Prairie lead just 11 seconds into the game.
Meadows Valley received the kickoff and held it for just 1 play as David Sigler intercepted a pass at the Prairie 41.
Prairie was able to move the ball down to the 8 for a first and goal but a penalty, sack for a 6 yard loss and two incomplete passes turned the ball back to Meadows Valley at the 14.
The Mountaineers gave the ball right back though on the next play as an attempted pitchout never connected with the runner and Danny Riener recovered at the 5.
Riener picked up his second touchdown on the next play and added the 2-pointer for a 14-0 lead.
Meadows Valley fumbled the kickoff but managed to recover it at the 25. They held the ball for 2 plays then fumbled it away again with Branden Waller recovering at the Meadows Valley 29 yard line.
Riener gained 15 yards on first down to put the ball at the 14.
Prairie then ran into some trouble with a sack and an illegal procedure penalty but Kyle Holthaus found David Sigler open in the end zone on fourth down for a 14 yard touchdown play. Riener added the 2-pointer for a 22-0 lead.
Meadows Valley had a holding penalty on the kickoff runback that pushed them back to the 11. After an incomplete pass and a 2 yard loss, Sigler got his second interception of the game at the 32 yard line and was able to elude the Meadows Valley players to return the ball for a touchdown.
Kyle Holthaus passed to his cousin Jake Holthaus for the 2-point conversion to make it 30-0 with 2:42 left in the first quarter.
On their next possession, Meadows Valley was able to pick up a first down but was forced to punt before they could gain another one.
Prairie put in their second team offense and turned the ball back on downs.
On the next play Meadows Valley had their only pass completion of the game and it was a big one as it went 55 yards for a touchdown. The Mountaineers added the 2-pointer to make it 30-8.
Meadows Valley then tried an onside kick but it only went 6 yards and Prairie took over at the Meadows Valley 46.
The first team offense came back on the field and took 3 plays to score. Ryan Daly gained 15 yards up the middle with 5 more tacked on for a facemask penalty. Riener gained 7 on a pitch to the right. After a false start penalty, Kyle Hotlhaus found Sigler wide open to the left for a 24 yard scoring play. The conversion failed as Prairie led 36-8.
Two plays after the kickoff, Tyler Forsmann recovered another Meadows Valley fumble. This time they tried a lateral pass but it never came close to connecting. Forsmann recovered at the Meadows Valley 20.
With the second unit back on the field it took just 3 plays to add another touchdown. After two running plays netted 4 yards, Nate Kaschmitter spotted Tyler Forsmann wide open over the middle and connected with him for a 16 yard touchdown. The conversion again failed and Prairie led 42-8. Thatís where it stood at the half as an interception by Jake Holthaus ended the Mountaineers next possession.
Meadows Valley tried another onside kick to start the second half but Corey Schaeffer recovered at the Prairie 48.
Kyle Daly gained 12 yards on a crossbuck to the left. Branden Waller then took the crossbuck handoff to the right on the next play and found nobody there on that side of the defense. He went 40 yards for a touchdown. That made it 48-8 as the conversion try failed.
Meadows Valley tried a fake punt after 3 plays netted a loss of 3 yards. Danny Riener stopped the play cold for a 1 yard loss as Prairie took over at the 34.
Prairie took 5 plays to end the game on the 45-point mercy rule. David Sigler converted a third and 8 play with a 14 yard gain on an end sweep. Ryan Daly then burst through the middle for 17 yards to the 1. He got the call again on the next play and went in to end the game with 7:09 left in the third quarter.
Riener wound up with 89 yards on 10 carries with Ryan Daly adding 51 yards on 7 carries. Waller had 35 on 3 carries and Kyle Daly had 25 on 3 carries as Prairie totaled 201 yards rushing on 27 carries.
Kyle Holthaus was 3 for 7 for 67 yards and two touchdowns while Kaschmitter was 1 for 2 for 16 yards and one touchdown.
Sigler caught 3 passes for 67 yards while Forsmann caught 1 for 16 yards.
Prairie had 284 total yards.
The defense held Meadows Valley to just 43 yards of offense. The Mountaineers were completely shut down on the running attack as they were a net minus 12 yards. Meadows Valley quarterback Luke Sundvall completed just 1 of 6 pass attempts for 55 yards with 3 interceptions.
Waller and J.D. Riener had the most tackles at 3½ each. Waller also had a fumble recovery. Danny Riener had 3 tackles and a fumble recovery. Tyler Forsmann had 1½ tackles and a fumble recovery and Kyle Daly also had 1½ tackles. David Sigler had 2 interceptions and Jake Holthaus had 1 interception.
Prairieís next game is at Troy this Friday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m.
Meadows Valley 0 8 0 - 8
Prairie 30 12 12 -54
P-Riener 36 run (run failed)
P-Riener 5 run (Riener run)
P-Sigler 14 pass from K. Holthaus (Riener run)
P-Sigler 32 interception return (J. Holthaus pass from K. Holthaus)
MV-Stayner 55 pass from Sundvall (Sundvall run)
P-Sigler 24 pass from K. Holthaus (run failed)
P-Forsmann 16 pass from Kaschmitter (pass failed)
P.-B. Waller 40 run (pass failed)
P-R. Daly 1 run (game over)
Camas Prairie Youth Football Sign-ups
Registration for Camas Prairie Youth Football will be Thursday, August 31 at Prairie Middle School Cafeteria.
Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m. League is open to 3rd to 6th graders in the Prairie, Nezperce, and Highland school districts. Registration fee is $45 and includes helmets, shoulder pads, and jerseys. Practices will be held during the evenings, and the season will run for 6-8 weeks. For any questions, you may call 962-5542.
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