rallies to beat Pirates
The Prairie football team appeared headed for the state playoffs then everything fell apart for them as Kendrick erased a 26 point second half deficit to give the Pirates a heartbreaking 40-50 loss at Kendrick Friday, Oct. 26.
Prairie had dominated the first half, outgaining Kendrick nearly 2 to 1 while building an 18 point halftime lead of 32-14.
Then they came out after halftime, took the opening kickoff, and drove from their own 39 to another touchdown in 7 plays with Branden Waller pounding up the middle for 7 yards and a score. Kyle Daly added the 2-pointer to make it 40-14.
After that the game went all Kendrick’s way.
In the first half Prairie got on the board first when they stopped Kendrick on fourth down at their 44. After an incomplete pass, Prairie ran the ball 4 straight times with Daly gaining 19 and 2 yards, Waller 23 and then Daly went around right end for 20 yards and the touchdown. Daly added the 2-pointer for an 8-0 lead.
Kendrick moved into Prairie territory again but fumbled the ball away with Daly recovering at the Pirate 41. Unfortunately Prairie fumbled it right back 2 plays later and Kendrick went 52 yards in 11 plays for a touchdown but lost their starting quarterback, Blake Boyle, to an apparent concussion during the drive. Prairie stopped the 2-point try and still led 8-6.
Kendrick’s onside kickoff try went out of bounds at the Prairie 42 and Prairie needed just 3 plays to score again. Daly run twice for 7 and 13 yards and then Kyle Holthaus connected with David Sigler for the touchdown. Sigler made a 1-handed catch at about the 25, broke a tackle at the 20 and went in for the score. Daly again added the 2-pointer for a 16-6 lead.
Prairie stopped Kendrick on their next possession, sacking starting fullback and now backup quarterback Ben Warner twice for big losses.
After the punt, Prairie took over at midfield and took just 4 plays to add another touchdown. After 3 runs netted 10 yards and a first down, Daly took a pitch to the right, cut back to the middle and was gone on a 41 yard touchdown run. Holthaus passed to Sigler for the 2-pointer to make it 24-6.
Kendrick answered back with a score of their own to cut the lead to 10 but Prairie ground out another touchdown drive. Daly gained 10 around left end then Waller went for 31 yards the other way. Waller added consecutive 9 yard gains to set up first and goal at the 5. Waller went over from the 1 on fourth down and Daly added the 2 pointer to make it 32-14 with 1:20 left in the half.
Kendrick was forced to punt and Prairie ended the half with a kneel-down.
Prairie had outgained Kendrick 239 yards to 131 in the first half.
After Prairie’s opening drive of the second half, Kendrick answered back with their own long scoring drive.
Kendrick converted a third and 8 and a fourth and 6 on the drive into first downs.
With a first and goal at the 1, Warner was hit in the backfield and fumbled but Kendrick recovered at the 12.
They moved back down to the 1 and on fourth down scored the touchdown.
They then executed a perfect onside kick with Kendrick recovering at the Prairie 48. 3 plays later Kendrick’s Adison Mortenson took a screen pass to the left and went down the sideline for a 38 yard scoring play.
A holding penalty killed Prairie’s next drive as they were forced to punt.
Kendrick took over at their own 17 and drove the ball to midfield. Mortenson then took another screen pass, this time to the right, and went 45 yards for the score to pull the Tigers within 6.
Kendrick tried another onside kick but Conner Rieman recovered at the 50. Kendrick got the ball back anyway 2 plays later when they recovered a Prairie fumble at their 48. After 5 straight running plays, Kendrick tied the game with a 29 yard touchdown pass and then took the lead at 40-42 when Warner ran in the 2-pointer.
Prairie got the ball back with 3:50 left on the clock and down just 2 points but the momentum was all with Kendrick. A running play lost 2 yards then Holthaus was sacked for another 2 yard loss. Holthaus then tried going to Sigler twice in a row with Mortenson batting the first attempt away and then intercepting the second. Mortenson wound up going 56 yards on the return for the clinching touchdown. According to coach Travis Mader they had worked all week on passing to Waller on that particular play if Warner covered him. Mader said Waller was wide open underneath on the play and there was a good chance he would have scored and definitely would’ve had the first down. Kendrick added the clinching 2-pointer to give them a 10-point lead with 2:06 to play.
Prairie’s last big play attempt got called back when Holthaus’ pass to Waller for a 30 yard gain was nullified by a penalty.
After rolling through the Kendrick defense for the first 28 minutes of the game, piling up 303 yards, the Pirates were held to –4 yards in the final 20 minutes while Kendrick was gaining 243.
Daly wound up with 148 yards rushing on 17 attempts while Waller gained 87 yards on 12 attempts.
Holthaus completed just 2 of 8 pass attempts with 1 interception for 59 yards. Sigler caught 1 pass for 38 yards and Rieman caught 1 for 21 yards.
Mortenson had 176 yards rushing on 27 carries and 87 yards on 3 pass receptions for Kendrick. Warner completed 7 of 10 passes for 181 yards while Boyle was 1 for 4 for –3 yards. Chase Christopher caught 5 passes for 91 yards.
For the defense Waller had 10½ tackles while Sigler, Rieman and Daly had 8½ tackles each. Rieman also had ½ a sack and Daly had a fumble recovery. Mike Matson had 7½ tackles. Zak Waller had 6 tackles. Andy Groom had 4 tackles and 1½ sacks. Kyler Shumway had 1½ tackles plus a sack.
The loss ends Prairie’s season at 6-3. They finished in fourth place in the White Pine League at 5-3. The same finish as last year with their 3 losses to the same 3 teams: Deary, Troy and Kendrick.
Prairie 8 24 8 0 -40
Kendrick 0 14 14 22 -50
P-Daly 20 run (Daly run) 8:10 1st
K-Mortenson 3 run (pass failed) 11:55 2nd
P-Sigler 38 pass from Holthaus (Daly run) 11:02 2nd
P-Daly 41 run (Sigler pass from Holthaus) 7:34 2nd
K-Christopher 16 pass from Warner (Warner run) 4:52 2nd
P-Waller 1 run (Daly run) 1:20 2nd
P-Waller 7 run (Daly run) 8:17 3rd
K-Fliger 1 run (pass failed) 2:49 3rd
K-Mortenson 38 pass from Warner (Christopher pass from Warner) 1:35 3rd
K-Mortenson 45 pass from Warner (pass failed) 7:45 4th
K-Christopher 29 pass from Warner (Warner run) 3:50 4th
K-Mortenson 56 interception return (Mortenson run) 2:06 4th
Wrestlers earn 14 medals
On October 27th, 2007 the Cottonwood Wrestling Club participated in the USA wrestling tournament at the Grangeville High School.
Everyone did an outstanding job!
Earning 1st place gold medals were Hunter Chaffee, Rafe Coates, Hunter McWilliams & Taylor Heitman.
Earning 2nd place silver medals were Robert Remington, Cole Creutzberg, Nick Creutzberg, Alex Duman, and Kade Perrin.
Earning 3rd place Bronze medals were Conrad Duman, Paul Sonnen, Devin Ross, Kellie Heitman, and Nick Hartnett.
Thank you to all the coaches for your encouragement.
PIRATES BOYS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2007
31-Won 55-6 over Lewis County
14-lost to Deary 26-48
21-won 66-20 at Timberline
12-won 46-0 at C.V.
19-won 54-6 over Lapwai
26-lost 40-50 at Kendrick, end season at 6-3, 5-3 in league.