shut out Lapwai 46-0
The Prairie football team played their first opponent with a winning record but it didn’t make much difference in the final result as Prairie won at Lapwai 46-0 in a game stopped in the third quarter on the 45-point mercy rule.
Lapwai came into the game with a 3-1 record and were tied for second in White Pine League play.
They received the opening kickoff and picked up a first down but were then forced to punt with Prairie taking over at their own 32.
It took the Pirates 5 plays to score the game’s first touchdown. After a short gain by Kyle Daly, Branden Waller caught a short pass out of the backfield from Kyle Holthaus and went 26 yards up the sideline.
Waller then went up the middle for 8 yards and Daly went around left end for 21 yards to the 10 yard line.
On the next play Daly slipped out of the backfield and was wide open at about the 8 where he caught a pass from Holthaus and took it into the end zone for the score. Waller ran in the 2-pointer to make it 8-0.
2 minutes later Prairie made it 16-0 with a special teams score. Cody Miller burst through to block a Lapwai punt and Conner Rieman, famous for several “scoop and score” touchdowns last season, got his first this season when he scooped up the loose ball at the Lapwai 30 and took it in for the touchdown. Holthaus passed to David Sigler for the 2-point conversion.
Lapwai then muffed the ensuing kickoff and wound up taking over at their own 1-yard line.
Lapwai got out of their own end with a big second down play as they completed a wide-open middle screen that went 35 yards out to the 36.
With the help of a pass interference call, Lapwai was able to move into Prairie territory down to the 29 before a pair of penalties stalled the drive.
Lapwai tried a fake punt play on fourth and 30 but it came up 11 yards short and Prairie took over at the 30.
Holthaus was sacked for a loss on Prairie’s first play but Waller then went 35 yards over the right side.
On the next play Prairie ran the same play that got Lapwai out of the shadow of their own goal-line with Sigler catching the pass off his shoetops and gaining 26 yards to the Lapwai 17.
On the next play Daly went around right end for the touchdown. Waller caught a pass from Holthaus for the 2-pointer to make it 24-0.
Lapwai’s next possession ended early when Devin Schmidt recovered a fumbled snap to the quarterback at the Lapwai 38.
After a 9 yard gain by Daly Prairie had to recovered their own fumbled snap with Ronnie Chandler picking up the loose ball.
On third and 2 Daly went 13 yards over the left side to the 17.
Holthaus then completed a pass to Schmidt for 14 yards to the 3.
After the play Prairie was hit with a 15 yard personal foul penalty that moved the ball out to the 18.
That just gave Prairie more room to make a pass play as Holthaus connected with Sigler on a post pattern over the middle for 18 yards and the score. Schmidt ran in the 2-pointer to make it 32-0.
A holding penalty against Lapwai led to another punt for the Wildcats with Prairie taking over at the Lapwai 47.
Lapwai’s defense stiffened and held Prairie an inch short of picking up a first down on fourth and 2.
Lapwai didn’t keep the ball very long though as Waller forced a fumble and recovered it at the 31.
After a holding penalty against the Pirates set them back to the 47, Schmidt went left for 10 yards then Holthaus passed to Sigler for a 27 yard gain. Sigler made a great catch on the play, basically making a 1-handed catch against his shoulder pad.
On the next play Waller went around right end for the touchdown. The 2-point try failed, making it 38-0 with 1:20 left in the first half.
In the second half Prairie put the second team offense on the field and they picked up a first down before being forced to punt.
Lapwai muffed the punt but it bounced forward off the receiver with the Wildcats recovering at the Prairie 43.
Another fumbled snap by the Wildcats end that possession with Miller recovering at the Prairie 44.
Prairie picked up a first down at the Lapwai 29 but turned it over on the next play when Sigler, in at quarterback, fumbled the ball after picking up 18 yards on a keeper around right end.
3 plays later though Lapwai fumbled it right back with Waller making the recovery at the Lapwai 21.
Prairie ended the game on the next play when Holthaus connected with Rieman over the middle for the touchdown. Waller’s 2-point conversion run ended it.
Holthaus had his best passing day so far this season as he completed 7 of 9 pass attempts for 142 yards and 3 touchdowns. Sigler was 1 for 2 for 7 yards.
Sigler caught 3 passes for 71 yards while Waller caught 2 for 33. Rieman caught 1 for 21, Schmidt 1 for 14 and Daly 1 for 10.
Daly picked up 65 yards rushing on 6 carries while Waller gained 61 yards on 5 carries. Sigler gained 22 on 3 carries and Schmidt gained 20 yards on 4 carries. Prairie had a balanced attack as they gained 155 yards rushing and 149 passing.
Prairie held Lapwai to 81 total yards, 25 rushing and 56 passing.
On defense Daly had 6 tackles and ½ a sack. Waller had 4 ½ tackles and 2 fumble recoveries. Tyler Forsmann had 4 tackles. Rieman had 3 ½ tackles while Kyler Shumway had 3 tackles. Miller had 2 tackles plus a fumble recovery. Sigler and Tyrell Langston each had 2 tackles. Schmidt had 1 ½ tackles plus a fumble recovery. Holthaus and Andy Groom each had ½ a sack.
If it seemed like the referees were throwing a lot of flags, they were. Between the 2 teams there were 14 penalties assessed. In Prairie’s first 4 games combined there were only 19 penalties assessed.
With the win Prairie improves to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in league play. Their next game should be a good test as they host Genesee this Friday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.
Prairie 16 22 8 -46
Lapwai 0 0 0 - 0
P-Daly 10 pass from Holthaus (Waller run) 7:07 1st
P-Rieman 30 blocked punt return (Sigler pass from Holthaus) 5:00 1st
P-Daly 17 run (Waller pass from Holthaus) 9:18 2nd
P-Sigler 18 pass from Holthaus (Schmidt run) 6:58 2nd
P-Waller 10 run (run failed) 1:20 2nd
P-Rieman 21 pass from Holthaus (Waller run) 4:17 3rd game over
PIRATES BOYS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2008
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26-Timberline, here, Homecoming, won 50-0