suffer first loss
The Prairie football team has come a long way in the past couple of years but the Deary Mustangs showed them thereís still a ways to go yet as they beat the Pirates 26-48 at Cottonwood Friday, September 14.
The first half was a disaster for the Pirates, starting with a fumble on the opening kickoff, as they were shut out while the Mustangs built a 0-18 lead. The closest they came to the end zone was the Mustangs 23 as Deary pretty much shut down the Pirates rushing attack and Prairie quarterback Kyle Holthaus had trouble connecting with his receivers until late in the half. Holthaus completed only 2 of his first 8 pass attempts.
In the final 23 seconds of the half Prairie went to a hurry-up offense and Holthaus completed 3 of 5 attempts to move Prairie from their own 36 to the Deary 23 before the clock ran out.
On Dearyís opening possession of the second half the Prairie defense forced a fumble with Branden Waller recovering at the Mustang 40.
From there Prairie moved the ball downfield and 6 plays later Holthaus connected with David Sigler at the 7 yard line. Sigler made a move on the Deary defender and was able to take the ball into the end zone for a Prairie touchdown to cut the lead to 6-18.
Prairie seemed to finally have some momentum going their way but it didnít last long as Deary got a 29 yard kickoff return with a 15 yard penalty added to the end of it, which set them up at the Prairie 35 yard line. They took just 6 plays to score and added the first 2-point conversion of the game to take a 6-26 lead.
Dearyís ensuing kickoff went out of bounds and Prairie made them re-kick it. Waller took the kickoff at the 25 and went right, then handed off to Sigler, who was coming back to the right. Sigler took the ball out to the 47.
Prairie appeared headed for another score but then came probably the biggest play of the game. Prairie had moved to the Deary 26 when Holthaus connected on a long pass to Waller. Waller headed for the pylon at the goal line but a Deary defender knocked the ball loose from him at the one and it went into and out of the end zone for a touchback. Instead of a touchdown or even first and goal at the 1 for Prairie, Deary wound up with the ball at the 20.
The Mustangs then took the ball 80 yards the other way for another touchdown. Instead of cutting the margin to 2 touchdowns, Prairie was now behind 6-34.
Prairie answered with a scoring drive of their own as Kyle Daly returned the kickoff 40 yards from his own 22 to the Deary 38. Eight plays later Daly wound up scoring a touchdown from the 7 to cut the lead to 12-34.
Prairie tried an onside kick but Deary recovered and took just 2 plays to score again to again push the margin to 28 points at 12-40.
Prairie got another long kickoff return, this time of 33 yards from Sigler to put them at the Deary 47.
Waller gained 10 yards up the middle and then Sigler made a great catch at the 5 yard line and was tackled at the 1 for a 36 yard gain. Waller scored on the next play to make it 18-40.
Deary answered right back with a long drive that ate up nearly 6 minutes of the clock before they were forced to turn the ball over on downs at the Prairie 30.
Prairie got a first down on a 16 yard pass from Holthaus to Sigler but Holthausí next pass wound up being intercepted and returned for another Deary touchdown that put the Mustangs up 18-48.
Sigler had another long kickoff return as he went 46 yards to put Prairie at the Mustangs 29. Two pass completions to Sigler resulted in Prairieís final score of the night. Holthaus passed to Conner Rieman for the 2-pointer to make it 26-48 but there was just 1:00 left to play.
Deary recovered the onside kick try and was able to run out the clock.
The Mustangs pretty much shut down the Piratesí rushing attack as they gained just 73 yards on 26 attempts. Daly wound up with 76 rushing yards on 15 attempts while Waller gained 16 yards on 6 attempts. Holthaus was sacked 3 times for losses.
After starting 2 for 8, Holthaus wound up completing 16 of 30 pass attempts for 257 yards but had 2 interceptions.
Sigler caught 8 passes for 134 yards while Waller caught 7 for 108 yards. Rieman added 1 catch for 15 yards.
Deary meanwhile used a 3-pronged rushing attack to pile up 403 yards on the ground. Luke Seubert led the way with 154 yards on 26 carries with Brandon Eggers adding 145 yards on 15 carries and Dustin Eggers 96 yards on 15 carries.
Dustin Eggers completed 2 of 5 passes for 29 yards but didnít attempt a single pass in the second half and only 1 after their first two possessions.
Defensively Sigler had 10 tackles and an interception of a 2-point conversion try. Daly had 6½ tackles. Waller had 6 tackles and a fumble recovery. Rieman had 5 tackles, 1 sack and 1 fumble recovery. Mike Matson had 5 tackles. Zak Waller had 4 tackles. Nick Johnson had 2 ½ tackles and Andy Groom had 2 tackles.
The loss drops Prairie to 3-1 on the season and 2-1 in league play. This Friday they travel to Timberline.
Deary 6 12 8 22 -48
Prairie 0 0 6 20 -26
D-D. Eggers 7 run (pass failed) (0:20.7, first)
D-D. Eggers 47 run (pass failed) (8:43, 2nd)
D-B. Eggers 1 run (pass failed) (0:23.7 2nd)
P-Sigler 22 pass from Holthaus (run failed) (8:12 3rd)
D-Seubert 5 run (Henniger pass from D. Eggers) (5:33 3rd)
D-D. Eggers 1 run (Olson pass from D. Eggers) (11:55 4th)
P-Daly 7 run (pass failed) (9:12 4th)
D-B. Eggers 55 run (run failed) (8:16 4th)
D-Hennigar 55 interception return (Brown pass from D. Eggers) (1:38 4th)
P-Sigler 12 pass from Holthaus (Rieman pass from Holthaus) (1:00 4th)
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