Pirates beat Lapwai 54-6 in Homecoming game
Outstanding defensive play mixed in with some big plays on offense led to a 54-6 win over Lapwai at the combined Homecoming/Senior Night football game at Cottonwood Friday, Oct. 19 for the Prairie football team.Conner Rieman has just picked up a Lapwai fumble and is headed for the first touchdown of the game.
It looked like it might be a tough game early on as Lapwai completed a pass for 34 yards on their second play.
Three plays later though, on their second pass attempt, the Prairie line got a big rush on Lapwai’s quarterback from Kyler Shumway and Andy Groom, knocking the ball loose. Conner Rieman scooped it up at the Prairie 46 and went 54 yards for the opening score of the game. Kyle Daly ran in the 2-pointer to make it 8-0 Prairie just 2 minutes into the game.
The defense kept Prairie in the game until the offense could get going, which took until their third possession.
Meanwhile the defense forced 2 punts and Lapwai’s fourth possession ended with a pass interception by David Sigler. His first of 3 in the game. In fact Sigler caught as many passes from Lapwai’s quarterback as he did from Prairie’s.
Sigler’s interception set Prairie up on the Lapwai 44. Two runs by Daly netted 18 yards then Branden Waller went for 19 to give Prairie a first and goal at the 7.
Nick Johnson, normally an offensive lineman, scores the game-ending touchdown as Conner Rieman signals the score.Three more running plays moved the ball to the 2 and on fourth down Kyle Holthaus connected with Sigler over the middle for a touchdown. Daly again added the 2-pointer to make it 16-0.
After forcing another punt, Prairie needed just 3 plays to score. After 2 runs by Daly netted a first down and 11 yards, Waller took the ball around right end for 39 yards and a touchdown. Holthaus scored the 2 pointer on a quarterback draw out of shotgun formation.
Lapwai answered with a couple of big pass plays for their only score of the night with a 25-yard pass play scoring the touchdown.
Prairie came right back though with Sigler’s 17 yard kickoff return setting Prairie up at their 42.
Daly gained 12 yards up the middle on the first play. Waller gained 2 yards and then Holthaus completed a short pass to Rieman that wound up gaining 33 yards to the 11.
After a pair of 1 yard gains, Sigler scored the touchdown on an end around run from the 9 yard line. The 2-point try failed leaving Prairie with a 30-6 lead.
Sigler’s second interception ended Lapwai’s next possession as he caught a deep pass at the Prairie 25.
It took only one play to score as one of the best open field runs of the season by a Prairie player followed. Holthaus again completed a short pass to Rieman and he serpentined his way downfield, making a couple of cutbacks away from potential tacklers and picked up a block at about the 20 from Waller that cleared the way to the end zone. Most of the 75 yard play came after the pass reception. The score came with less than a minute to go in the half and gave Prairie a 36-6 halftime lead.
Prairie received the opening kickoff in the second half and launched another scoring drive. 
Sigler gained 23 yards on a running play and the added 15 more on a pass reception. Waller finished off the drive with a 25 yard run that made the score 42-6.
After scoring on 5 straight possessions, Lapwai finally forced a Prairie punt. Branden Waller splashes through a huge hole opened by the Prairie line. He wound up scoring on this play.
Prairie got the ball right back as they forced Lapwai to punt. Waller took the punt at the Prairie 48 and headed right, he then handed off to Sigler who headed back to the left, turned the corner and headed back to the middle and then to the right for an apparent touchdown. The play was called back though on a penalty for holding at the Lapwai 28.
Taking over at the 38, Prairie needed just 2 plays to get back on the scoreboard. Daly took the ball on a sweep to the right but found the Lapwai defense overloaded to that side. He turned around while still behind the line of scrimmage and took the ball the other way, beat the defenders to the corner and went all the way for the touchdown that made it 48-6.
Lapwai was again forced to punt but Holthaus turned the ball right back on an interception.
Lapwai didn’t keep the ball long though as 2 plays later Sigler made his third interception of the game at the Lapwai 44.
After a 20-yard pass play to Rieman, Prairie kept the ball on the ground.
Devin Schmidt gained 13 yards to set Prairie up at the 3 for first and goal.
After a botched center-quarterback exchange cost the Pirates a yard, senior lineman and Homecoming King Nick Johnson was given the ball 3 straight times and wound up scoring the game-ending touchdown. By the way, it was also his birthday.
Waller wound up the game with 116 yards on 10 carries while Daly added 94 on 16 carries, Sigler 32 on 4 carries and Schmidt 13 on 1 carry as Prairie totaled 264 yards rushing on 39 attempts.
Holthaus completed 8 of 11 passes with 1 interception for 134 yards. Rieman caught 3 passes for 128 yards while Sigler caught 3 for 14 yards. Daly and Waller each caught a pass but both were for losses.
The defense held Lapwai to just 26 yards rushing on 27 attempts and 4 of 12 passing with 3 interceptions for 85 yards.
Waller had 12 tackles while Rieman had 4 tackles, 1 sack and 1 fumble recovery. Sigler had 3½ tackles plus 3 interceptions. Shumway had 3½ tackles plus a sack while Groom had 3 tackles and a sack. Zak Waller had 2½ tackles while Mike Matson had 2 tackles.
The win sets up the Pirates for what amounts to a state play-in game this Friday at Kendrick. Both teams have 5-2 league records with the winner clinching the White Pine League’s third seed to state while the loser’s season is over. Deary and Troy with only 1 league loss each have the 1st and 2nd seeds pretty well locked up. Prairie’s overall record after the win is 6-2.
Lapwai     0   6   0 0 -  6
Prairie      8 28 12 6 -54
P-Rieman 54 fumble return (Daly run) 10:00 1st
P-Sigler 2 pass from Holthaus (Daly run) 10:28 2nd
P-B. Waller 39 run (Holthaus run) 7:55 2nd
L-Hernandez 25 pass from Phillips (pass failed) 6:16 2nd
P-Sigler 9 run (run failed) 3:10 2nd
P-Rieman 75 pass from Holthaus (run failed) 0:49.7 2nd
P-B. Waller 25 run (run failed) 8:02 3rd
P-Daly 37 run (pass failed) 2:18 3rd
P-Johnson 1 run (no try-game over) 6:17 4th
Kyle Daly has just reversed his field as one Lapwai defender inadvertantly blocks for him against another Lapwai defender. Daly wound up getting around the corner to the left and going for a touchdown.
Andy Groom tackles the Lapwai quarterback for a loss.
Conner Rieman sacks the Lapwai quarterback.
Branden Waller and Kyler Shumway tackle Lapwai's Justin Hernandez for a loss.
David Sigler had 3 interceptions in the game. This wasn't one of them but he still managed to deflect the pass away from the receiver.

13 of 14 earn medals
We had a great turnout for the first USA wrestling tournament of the season with 13 of 14 Prairie wrestlers earning medals.
The tournament took place at Clarkston Middle School on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Everyone worked hard and did a great job.
Earning 1st place gold medals were Kade Perrin, Nick Creutzberg, Cole Creutzberg and Hunter Chaffee.
Earning 2nd place silver medals were Tayler Heitman, Hunter McWilliams, Colton Keith, Devin Ross and Lane Remacle.
Earning 3rd place bronze medals were Nick Hartnett, Kellie Heitman, Robert Remington and Rafe Coates.
Jace Perrin also participated and worked very hard.

The Cottonwood USA wrestlers show off their medals.

JV Football team finishes 7-1
The Prairie JV football team finished up a successful season this past Monday at 7-1 with their only loss coming in the final game as they fell to the Clearwater Valley varsity team 20-36.
They opened the season with a 46-6 win at Kendrick on August 23 and followed that with a 62-16 win over Lewis County at home on Sept. 4.
They beat Timberline 46-24 on Sept. 10 in a rescheduled game as Genesee didn’t have a JV squad.
On Sept. 17 they hosted Deary and won 48-30. On Sept. 24 they traveled to Timberline and won 50-36.
On Oct. 8 they hosted Troy and edged the Trojans 30-28.
The final two games were both rescheduled games as they beat Lewis County again 58-20, on Oct. 15 before losing to C.V.’s varsity at home on Oct. 22.

All remaining varsity games  at 7 p.m.
24-Won 51-0 at Horseshoe Bend
31-Won 55-6 over Lewis County
  7-won 68-20 at Genesee
14-lost to Deary 26-48
21-won 66-20 at Timberline
  5-lost to Troy 36-44
12-won 46-0 at C.V.
19-won 54-6 over Lapwai
26-Kendrick, there

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