Pirates blow out Lewis County 50-0
The Prairie Pirates got off to a hot start on their season as they rolled past Lewis County 50-0 in a game that really wasnít as close as the final score.
Prairie rolled up 247 yards rushing on 22 attempts while the defense held Lewis County to just 71 total yards, 48 of those in the first quarter.Branden Waller outruns defenders to the end zone for Prairie's first touchdown.
Lewis County received the opening kickoff and was forced to punt after 3 plays. Prairie took over on their own 39 and took just 2 plays to score.
After an 8 yard gain to the left by Kyle Daly, Brandon Waller ran a sweep to the left and went 53 yards for a touchdown. Waller added the 2-pointer for an 8-0 lead.
David Sigler ended Lewis Countyís next possession with an interception at the Prairie 49.
Four plays later quarterback Kyle Holthaus found Sigler wide open at the 10 yard line and Sigler trotted into the end zone on a 34 yard scoring pass. Daly added the 2-point to make it 16-0 just over 5 minutes into the game.
Lewis County managed to put the best offensive push together on their next possession as they picked up a pair of first downs but the drive stalled at the Prairie 39 with the Pirates taking over on downs.
Daly went 18 yards over the left side then Holthaus found Conner Rieman open over the middle for 16 more yards.
Waller then took a handoff out of shotgun formation and went 27 yards around the right end for his second touchdown on just his second carry. Holthaus passed to Sigler for the 2-pointer to make it 24-0 and thatís where the score stood at the end of the first quarter.
After forcing another punt from Lewis County, Prairie took over at their own 30.
The big play in this drive came with Sigler playing quarterback. He threw a high pass over the middle on third and 1 from the 39 and Holthaus was able to come up with the ball for a 43 yard gain.
After a pair of short runs, a holding penalty pushed Prairie back to the 21. Sigler then hooked up with a wide open Holthaus for a 21 yard gain and another touchdown. The conversion try failed leaving Prairie with a 30-0 lead.
On the Eagles next possession they tried a fake punt on fourth and 9 from their own 41 and the pass was incomplete giving Prairie the ball at that point.
With mostly subs in the game it still took only 2 plays to score as Devin Schmidt took off around right end and went 39 yards for a touchdown. Dustin Schaeffer added the 2-pointer to make it 38-0 with 3:11 left in the half.
Thatís where the score stood at halftime.
Kyle Holthaus, who normally throws the passes, caught this one from David Sigler for a 43 yard gain.Lewis County kicked off to open the second half and Schmidt took the ball at the Prairie 22, took off to the right, picked up some blocking and outran the defenders to the end zone for a 78 yard kickoff return.
The conversion try failed, making it 44-0 just 14 seconds into the second half.
Lewis County returned the ball out to the 20 then started going backwards.
Cody Miller sacked Lewis County quarterback Damon Leitch for a 7 yard loss then Rieman and Tyler Forsmann stopped Leitch on a running play for a 2 yard loss.
On third down Leitch was sacked again for a 9 yard loss as Dustin Schaeffer made the play.
Prairie let them off the hook though when they were called for roughing the kicker on the punt, giving Lewis County a first down at the 17.
A sack for a 6-yard loss by Schmidt though led to another punt.
Prairie picked up a first down on a 21 yard run by Tyrell Langston but then turned the ball over on downs at the Eagles 32.
Andy Groom sacked Leitch on fourth down for a 4 yard loss that gave Prairie back the ball on the Eagles 36.
Two plays later Daly went around left end and down the sideline for 35 yards and the game-ending touchdown.
Waller wound up with 80 yards on 2 carries and 2 touchdowns while Daly had 77 yards on 6 carries with 1 touchdown. Schmidt had 40 yards on 2 carries with a touchdown and Langston had 20 yards on 4 carries.
Holthaus completed 2 of 4 pass attempts for 50 yards and a touchdown while Sigler was 2 for 2 for 64 yards and a touchdown.
Holthaus caught 2 passes for 64 yards and a touchdown while Sigler caught 1 for 34 and a touchdown and Rieman 1 for 16 yards.
Waller had 5 ½ tackles to lead the defense while Schmidt had 5 tackles and a sack. Mike Matson had 4 tackles while Daly had 3 ½ tackles. Rieman, Chase Nuxoll and Forsmann had 3 tackles each. Miller had 2 ½ tackles and a sack.
With the win Prairie is 1-0 in both league and overall. Their next game is this Friday at home against C.V. with the JV players likely to get most of the action as C.V. has only 12 players out for football.
Lewis County     0   0   0ó  0
Prairie              24 14 12ó50
P-Waller 53 run (Waller run) 8:42 1st
P-Sigler 34 pass from Holthaus (Daly run) 6:58 1st
P-Waller 27 run (Sigler pass from Holthaus) 1:39 1st
P-Holthaus 21 pass from Sigler (run failed) 7:03 2nd
P-Schmidt 39 run (Schaeffer run) 3:11 2nd
P-Schmidt 78 kickoff return (run failed) 11:46 3rd
P-Daly 35 run (no try game over) 1:51 3rd
Devin Schmidt runs away from a defender for a 39 yard TD. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
David Sigler shows the ball after making a first quarter interception.
David Sigler makes a TD grab in the first quarter.
Kyle Daly runs through a tackle. Kyle Shumway is at right.

Soccer signups are set
Soccer sign-ups are this Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Prairie Elem. School cafeteria at 7:00 p.m.  Boys and girls, Kindergarten through fourth grade are invited to play.  The cost is $15.00 and includes a T-shirt.
Please note Cottonwood Youth Sports is looking for someone to oversee this program and coaches for each team.  If we do not get volunteers for this program, kids may have to travel to Grangeville to participate in soccer.  We have knowledgeable soccer instructors that are willing to help volunteers get started to oversee this program or coach a team.  We just need people willing to give their time.  The season runs approx. two months and practices and game times are flexible with your schedule.  Please call Scot or Shelley Schlader if you are interested or come to the sign up meeting on Thursday, Sept. 11th.

PIRATES BOYS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2008
All games start at 7 p.m. 
SEPTEMBER
  5-Lewis County, here, won 50-0
12-C.V., here
19-Potlatch, there
26-Timberline, here, Homecoming
OCTOBER
  3-Lapwai, there
10-Genesee, here
17-Troy, there
24-Deary, here
31-Kendrick, there

JV GAMES

JV games start at 6 p.m.
SEPTEMBER
15-C.V., here, cancelled
22-Potlatch, there
29-Timberline, here
OCTOBER
  6-Lapwai, there
13-Genesee, here
20-Troy, there
27-Deary, here

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