win big at Lewis County
The Prairie football team reversed the scores of the last two seasons and finally beat their former compatriots, the Lewis County Eagles, 52-6 at Nezperce Friday, Oct. 5, in a game halted by the 45-point mercy rule just over a minute into the third quarter.
Since Highland and Nezperce had split with Prairie 2 years ago the Eagles had the better of the matchups, winning 56-8 two years ago and 52-6 last year.
This year’s game started badly for the Eagles and then got worse.
Lewis County was in a third and long and in shotgun formation when the center snap sailed over the quarterback’s head. Branden Waller recovered the errant snap at the Lewis County 19 yard line, 31 yards behind the line of scrimmage.
Three plays later Ryan Daly went up the middle from the 8 and scored the game’s first touchdown. Danny Riener added the 2-pointer to make it 8-0.
Prairie then ran their kickoff play where Ronnie Chandler kicks it high toward the sideline while David Sigler tries to beat the receiving team to the ball. He had little trouble doing so and recovered at the Lewis County 41.
After a running play lost 2 yards, Kyle Holthaus passed deep to Sigler who caught the ball at the 15 and took it the rest of the way for a 43-yard scoring play. Riener again added the 2-pointer for a 16-0 lead.
Lewis County was able to pick up a first down on their next series thanks to a 25 yard run by quarterback Damon Leitch.
The Pirates stopped the drive there though as Riener broke through on defense and tackled runner Clark Baldus for a 10 yard loss.
Lewis County completed a pass on fourth down for 15 yards but it was still 3 yards short of a first down.
Prairie took over at their own 21. Two running plays by Riener netted 9 yards as Riener was called for grabbing the defenders facemask at the end of a 20 yard run.
Waller went up the middle for 7 yards to pick up the first down at the 37.
On the next play Holthaus threw a screen pass to Sigler. Sigler used his blockers and some cutbacks to take the ball 63 yards to the end zone. Riener again added the 2-pointer to make it 24-0.
After Chandler booted the next kickoff into the end zone with help from a following wind, Prairie got the ball right back on an interception.
Sigler intercepted Leitch’s pass at about the 30 and returned the ball to the 9.
Holthaus ran a bootleg to the right on the next play and beat the defender to the corner of the end zone. Kyle Daly added the 2-pointer for a 32-0 lead.
The defense forced Lewis County to punt on their next series and took over at their own 37.
A holding penalty set the Pirates back but backup quarterback Nate Kaschmitter passed deep down the right sideline to Jake Holthaus for a 39 yard gain and a first down at the Lewis County 33.
Two plays later Kyle Daly found an opening over the left side and went 32 yards down for the touchdown. The conversion try failed with Prairie up 38-0 with 11 seconds still left in the first quarter.
Prairie got the ball right back on the first play of the second quarter when Cody Miller recovered a fumble at the Lewis County 25.
Lewis County’s defense was able to stop Prairie’s backups this time and took over at the 18.
The Eagles were forced to punt with Prairie taking over at the Eagles 47.
Prairie was again forced to punt and Jake Holthaus did a great job getting the punt away after a high center snap made him scramble for the ball.
Lewis County took over at their 27 and a holding penalty set them back to the 17.
The Eagles got on the scoreboard when Leitch connected on a short pass to the left that was caught by Brad Killmar. Killmar took the ball at about the 30 and was able to outrace the defense to the end zone on an 83 yard scoring play.
The conversion try failed leaving Prairie with a 38-6 lead.
On Prairie’s next possession Kyle Holthaus picked up a huge gain on a bootleg to the left. He picked up about 35 yards with another 5 added on when the ball was batted loose but went out of bounds.
A pair of runs by Kyle Daly netted 12 more yards for a first down at the 13.
Waller picked up 3 yards leaving Prairie with a third and 7 at the 10.
Kyle Holthaus then ran another keeper to the left, and scored his second touchdown of the game. He then passed to Sigler for the 2-pointer for a 46-6 lead with 2:12 left in the half.
Lewis County picked up a first down on their next possession but turned the ball over again when Miller rushed the quarterback and forced an errant throw that was intercepted by Mike Matson at the Prairie 23.
Prairie ran out the final seconds of the half.
Corey Schaeffer recovered Lewis County’s onside kick attempt that opened the second half, at the Prairie 44.
Riener then ran the ball 3 straight times. After a short gain, he picked up 23 yards to the left with 5 more tacked on for a facemask penalty. He then ran a sweep around right end for the final 25 yards and the game-ending touchdown.
The game ended on the 45-point mercy rule with 10:57 left in the third quarter.
Riener wound up with 84 yards on 8 carries while Kyle Holthaus added 58 yards on 5 carries and Kyle Daly had 50 yards on 6 carries. Prairie wound up with 220 yards rushing on 30 attempts.
Prairie passers were perfect as Holthaus completed 2 of 2 attempts for 106 yards and Kaschmitter was 1 for 1 for 39 yards.
Sigler caught both of Holthaus’ passes while Jake Holthaus caught Kaschmitter’s pass.
Prairie totaled 365 yards in the game.
Defensively Lewis County was held to 19 yards rushing and 98 yards passing for a total of 117 yards. 83 of that came on the touchdown play. Eagles passers were 2 for 9 with 2 interceptions.
Riener led the defense with 4 tackles. Miller had 3½ with a fumble recovery. David Sigler had 1 tackle, 1 interception and a fumble recovery.
Waller had 1½ tackles plus a fumble recovery. Tyler Forsmann, Kyle Daly and Ryan Daly had 1½ tackles each. Matson had 1 tackle and an interception. Schaeffer and J.D. Riener had 1 tackle each and Kaschmitter, Daniel Sigler and Chase Nuxoll had a ½ tackle each.
With the win Prairie improves to 4-2 on the season and 3-2 in league play.
Their next game is at home against Genesee this Friday at 7 p.m.
Prairie 38 8 6 -52
Lewis County 0 6 0 - 6
P-R. Daly 8 run (Riener run)
P-Sigler 43 pass from K. Holthaus (Riener run)
P-Sigler 63 pass from K. Holthaus (Riener run)
P-K. Holthaus 9 run (K. Daly run)
P-K. Daly 32 run (run failed)
LC-Killmar 83 pass from Leitch (pass failed)
P-K. Holthaus 10 run (Sigler pass from K. Holthaus)
P-Riener 25 run (game over-no try)
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