Pirates win league opener
Kyle Daly rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Prairie Pirates to a 55-6 win over Lewis County in their league and home opener Friday, August 31 at Cottonwood.Cody Miller picks up a fumble at the 17. He took it into the endzone for a touchdown.
The game started in stormy conditions as a squall moved through with lightning flashing in the distance but by midway through the first quarter the storm had moved through.
The storm that was the Pirates continued to rain on Lewis County throughout the game.
Lewis County tried an onside kick on the opening kickoff and recovered it at the Prairie 41. Two plays later though they fumbled the ball away with Branden Waller recovering at the 41.
In the wet conditions Prairie kept the ball on the ground as they ran 5 straight running plays with Daly gaining 12, Waller 10, Daly 21, Daly 2 and Waller scoring from the 14. Daly added the 2-pointer to make it 8-0.
Lewis County went nowhere on their next possession and punt to Waller at the Prairie 25. Waller returned it 15 yards to the 40. On the next play Daly went around right end and scooted up the sidelines for 60 yards and the touchdown. He added the 2-pointer to make it 16-0.
Prairie then tried their own onside kick with Cody Miller recovering the ball at the Eagles’ 49 yard line.
Kyle Holthaus then completed his first pass of the game for a 21 yard gain to Conner Rieman.
Unfortunately the Pirates fumbled the ball away on the next play with Lewis County taking over at their own 28.
On their first play through, quarterback Damon Leitch couldn’t handle the snap from center and Miller wound up picking the ball up at the 17 and taking it in for a touchdown. Daly again added the 2-pointer to make it 24-0.
Kyle Daly pulls away from the defenders for a 60-yard touchdown run.Another successful onside kick saw Nick Johnson recovering the ball at the Eagles 45.
By this time Prairie had put a lot of the subs in on offense but the Pirates still moved quickly downfield. David Sigler wound up scoring the touchdown on a 17 yard run. The conversion try failed and Prairie led 30-0 with 4:35 still left in the first quarter.
Waller ended Lewis County’s next possession with an interception at the Prairie 45. The second team this time couldn’t move the ball and Prairie wound up punting. Lewis County blocked the punt and took over at the Prairie 21.
Waller and Johnson each recorded a quarterback sack and Andy Groom batted away a fourth down pass attempt as Prairie’s defense gave the offense the ball back at the Prairie 33.
Prairie punted again and this time got the ball away for 42 yards. 
On third and long for the Eagles, Mike Matson blitzed the quarterback and knocked the ball loose, Rieman picked it up at the 7 yard line and scored Prairie’s second defensive touchdown of the game. The conversion attempt failed leaving Prairie with a 36-0 lead.
Lewis County got a 31 yard kickoff return as they took over at their own 37. They picked up a first down but Sigler ended their possession with a diving interception on a deep pass at the Prairie 25. 
Devin Schmidt picked up a first down with a 15 yard gain but then Prairie had to punt again. Lewis County got a great rush on the punter and Waller wound up pulling the ball down and trying to run for the first down. He gained 6 yards but needed 12 and Lewis County took over at the Prairie 44.
2 plays later the Eagles scored the first points of the season against the Pirates defense as Clark Baldus took the ball left, reversed his field all the way back to the right and raced up the right sideline for a 40 yard scoring play.
The conversion try failed leaving the score at 36-6.
With only 2:50 left in the half, Prairie went back to the first team offense and the passing game.Nick Johnson and Andy Groom combine on a sack of the Lewis County quarterback.
Three pass attempts netted just 5 yards on 1 completion but Daly picked up the first down with an 11 yard run on fourth down. 
Holthaus then completed a long pass over the middle to Sigler who was tackled at the 5 yard line after a 38 yard gain. Holthaus ran it in himself on the next play. Matson kicked the extra point to make it 43-6 with 1:32 left in the half.
Prairie got the ball right back on an other fumble recovery as Kenneth Enneking recovered the ball at the Eagles 35.
Daly gained 23 yards on a sweep to the left side and Prairie tried a field goal with 2 seconds left on the clock. Matson’s try from 32 yards out was blocked.
On their first possession of the second half, Lewis County fumbled the ball away again with Daly recovering at the Eagles 29.
Two plays later Holthaus connected on a short pass to the left to Waller. Waller took the ball and maneuvered up the sideline all the way to the end zone for the score. The extra point try was block to make the score 49-6.
On Lewis County’s ensuing possession they picked up 32 yards on a halfback pass back to the quarterback and gained another 20 yards on a quarterback keeper but then their drive stalled and they fumbled the ball away on a fourth down try with Jason VonBargen recovering at the Prairie 31.
Holthaus passed for 15 yards over the middle to Sigler.
On the next play he tried a deep pass over the middle to Rieman that went incomplete but the Eagles were called for pass interference. For some reason only 13 yards was marked off on the penalty with the ball put at the Eagles 41.
Daly ended the game on the next play as he went around right end and went untouched for the touchdown with 7:22 left in the third quarter.
Daly wound up with 170 yards rushing on just 7 carries. Sigler added 37 yards on just 2 carries, Schmidt 32 on 7 carries and Waller 29 yards on 6 carries. Prairie wound up with 265 yards rushing on 28 carries.
Holthaus completed 5 of 8 passes for 108 yards and Schmidt completed 1 of 2 attempts for 4 yards.
Sigler caught 3 passes for 58 yards, Waller 1 for 29, Rieman 1 for 21 and Zach Frei 1 for 4 yards.
The defense held the Eagles to 18 yards rushing on 24 carries. Lewis County completed 5 of 12 pass attempts with 2 interceptions for 65 yards.
Daly had 5 ½ tackles and a fumble recovery to lead the defense. Sigler had 3 ½ tackles and an interception while Matson had 3 ½ tackles and a sack. Waller had 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception and 1 fumble recovery as he “hit for the cycle” defensively. Holthaus had 2 ½ tackles. Rieman had 1 ½ tackles with a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Miller had a tackle with 2 fumble recoveries, 1 for a touchdown. VonBargen had a tackled and a fumble recovery and Enneking had a fumble recovery. Johnson had a half tackle, a sack and a fumble recovery. Groom had 1½ tackles.
With the win Prairie improves to 2-0 on the season, 1-0 in league play. Their next game is at Genesee this Friday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m.
Lewis County           0   6   0 -  6
Prairie                    30 13 12 -55
P-Waller 14 run (Daly run)
P-Daly 60 run (Daly run)
P-Miller 17 fumble return (Daly run)
P-Sigler 17 run (run failed)
P-Rieman 7 fumble return (run failed)
LC-Baldus 40 run (pass failed)
P-Holthaus 5 run (Matson kick)
P-Waller 29 pass from Holthaus (kick blocked)
P-Daly 41 run (game ended-no try)
Mike Matson knocks the ball loose from Lewis County's quarterback. Conner Rieman would pick it up and score a touchdown. #68 is Andy Groom.
David Sigler is about to make a catch for a long gain that set up a touchdown.
Branden Waller breaks free from a tackle for a long gain. At right is Ronnie Chandler while at left is Kyler Shumway.
David Sigler steps out of a tackle for a big gain.

All varsity games  at 7 p.m.  Unless indicated.
24-Won 51-0 at Horseshoe Bend
31-Won 55-6 over Lewis County
  7-Genesee, there
14-Deary, here
21-Timberline, there
  5-Troy, here
12-C.V., there
19-Lapwai, here, Homecoming
26-Kendrick, there
All games start at 6 p.m.
10-Genesee, there
17-Deary, here
24-Timberline, there
  8-Troy, here
15-C.V., there
22-Lapwai, here 

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