rout Genesee 52-0
It wasn’t so much that they won, but the way they won as the Prairie football team stayed unbeaten with a 52-0 rout of Genesee Friday, Oct. 10 at Cottonwood.
Genesee had come into the game tied for second place in the White Pine League with just one loss and appeared to be a team that could give the Pirates a test.
In fact Genesee appeared to have the Pirates stopped on downs on their first possession just inside Genesee territory at the 40 when Branden Waller was tackled 3 yards short of a first down on a fourth and 7 pass play. Behind the play though a Genesee defensive lineman had hit quarterback Kyle Holthaus late on the play drawing a 15 yard penalty that was tacked on to the end of the play. That gave Prairie a first down at the 25 and 4 plays later Holthaus found Conner Rieman open over the middle in the end zone for the game’s first touchdown. Waller ran in the 2-pointer to make it 8-0.
Prairie then stopped Genesee on their first possession, with Holthaus tackling quarterback Beau Dahmen 3 yards short of a first down on fourth and 6 at the Genesee 42.
Prairie took over at that point and after 3 running plays had netted 22 yards, Holthaus passed to David Sigler in the end zone as Sigler beat double coverage for a 20 yard touchdown. Waller again ran in the 2-pointer to give Prairie a 16-0 lead.
Genesee then put together their best drive of the night, mostly on pass plays. Dahmen connected on 4 straight pass attempts to give Genesee a first and goal at the 4 yard line.
A low snap to Dahmen on the next play allowed Waller to sack Dahmen for an 8 yard loss and on the next play Kyle Daly put the rush on Dahmen and forced a poor pass that Mike Matson intercepted at the 3 yard line.
Matson returned the ball out to the Prairie 25.
It took Prairie just 3 plays to score against a demoralized Bulldog team that had seen their chance to get back into the game thwarted.
Holthaus passed deep down the right side to Waller who gained 37 yards. Daly then burst up the middle for 7 yards to the 30 and on the next play ran a sweep around the left side and broke into the clear for a 30 yard scoring play. The 2-point try failed giving Prairie a 22-0 lead with less than a minute left in the first quarter.
On Genesee’s next possession Dahmen tried to pass on third and 7 but got a rush from the Pirates. He scrambled around trying to find someone open but the Prairie defensive backs kept their coverage while the linemen and linebackers were chasing down Dahmen who finally was sacked for a 17 yard loss by Daly and Kyler Shumway.
Genesee had to punt and Prairie took over at the Genesee 47. It took just one play to score as Daly went around left, breaking a tackle at the line of scrimmage and 2 more downfield, the last at about the 10 yard line, on his way to a touchdown. Devin Schmidt ran in the 2-pointer to make it 30-0.
On Genesee’s next possession a bad snap led to an 8 yard loss with a holding penalty added on to move the Bulldogs back to their own 7.
Two plays later Tyler Forsmann nearly sacked Dahmen for a safety as the ball was placed just outside the end zone inside the 1 yard line.
Genesee punted with Sigler catching the punt at the 38. He returned it 20 yards to the Genesee 18 where a holding penalty backed up the Pirates to the 28.
Prairie stalled a bit on offense as they wound up facing a 4th down and 10. An offside penalty on Genesee cut that to a 4th and 5 and Holthaus completed a short pass to Waller out on the left sideline. Waller ran right through a big hit from a Genesee defender and gained 14 yards to set up 1st and goal just inside the 10.
Daly gained 4 yards up the middle and then Waller took the ball in for the score as he went up the middle then cut to the right. Sigler caught the 2-point conversion pass from Holthaus to make it 38-0 with 7:38 still left in the half.
On Genesee’s next possession Waller cut it short when he snagged a Dahmen pass 1-handed at the Genesee 47 and returned the interception to the 30.
Two plays later Holthaus lofted a pass toward the goal line and it appeared the Genesee defender was getting ready to make an interception but Waller came racing down the sideline and caught the ball at the goalline, nearly taking it right out of the defenders hands for the touchdown. Daly ran in the 2-pointer to make it 46-0 with 6:21 left in the half. The game continued as the 45-point mercy rule doesn’t kick in until the first half is over.
Genesee came back with only their second sustained drive of the game as they moved from their own 33 to the Prairie 18.
On a second and 10 play Dahmen ran the ball and fumbled with Sigler recovering at the Prairie 12 with about 3 minutes left to play.
Daly took a handoff to the left and gained 25 yards. He gained 4 more on the next play and Waller followed with a 6 yard gain for a first down.
Schmidt then got the chance to carry the ball and gained 14 yards over the left side to the 39. He then to the handoff and went up the middle then cut to the right and into the clear, outracing the defenders to the end zone for a touchdown with 1:00 left in the half. The 2-point try failed as Prairie took a 52-0 lead.
Genesee tried 4 straight pass plays, completing just 1 for 8 yards as they turned the ball over on downs at their own 29.
Prairie then ran out the clock invoking the mercy rule as the half ended.
Prairie dominated both sides of the line of scrimmage as they rolled up 348 yards of offense while holding Genesee to 114 total yards.
Daly carried 11 times for 143 yards rushing while Schmidt gained 53 yards on 2 carries and Waller 32 yards on 6 carries.
Holthaus completed 8 of 11 pass attempts for 121 yards with Waller catching 4 for 85 yards, Rieman 2 for 21 and Sigler 2 for 15.
Genesee was held to –5 yards rushing on 17 attempts while Dahmen completed 8 of 18 passes with 2 interceptions for 119 yards.
Waller had 6 tackles and an interception to lead the defense while Forsmann had 5 tackles and a sack and Daly had 5 tackles and ½ a sack. Sigler had 3 tackles and a fumble recovery. Matson had an interception and ½ a sack. Shumway had 1 tackle and ½ a sack.
With the win Prairie improves to 6-0 on the season and 5-0 in league play. This week they travel to Troy to meet the 1-loss Trojans who have beaten Prairie each of the last two years on the final play of the game.
Genesee 0 0 - 0
Prairie 20 32 -52
P-Rieman 10 pass from Holthaus (Waller run) 7:49 1st
P-Sigler 20 pass from Holthaus (Waller run) 5:09 1st
P-Daly 30 run (pass failed) 0:53 1st
P-Daly 47 run (Schmidt run) 11:38 2nd
P-Waller 6 run (Sigler pass from Holthaus) 7:38 2nd
P-Waller 30 pass from Holthaus (Daly run) 6:21 2nd
P-Schmidt 39 run (run failed) 1:00 2nd
Booster bus planned for Troy game
Prairie High School is sponsoring a booster bus to the football game at Troy Friday night for parents, students, and community members. If you would like to reserve a seat call the high school office at 962-3901. Students can sign up at school. Each person needs to pay $5 to cover the cost of operating the bus and we need at least 25 signed up prior to Friday morning at 9:00 am to send the bus. The bus will leave at 5:00 pm.
Cottonwood Gun Club Night Shoot begins
First week scores in the Cottonwood Gun Club annual Night Shoot are:
Primeland Coop--201 with a 25 score Doug Goin
Guest Team (name not supplied)--194
Cottonwood Credit Union--182
Buds Saw Service--163
L&L Auto Sales--144
Scores may not be official as make-up scores have not been posted.
We had mostly clear skies with a slight wind...Temperatures hitting a staggering 35 degrees by nightfall made for slow trigger pulls and fogged glasses. We would like to invite new shooters for the 08' Night Shoot and are allowing makeup shooting to try and boost shooter interests. We would also like to invite all shooters to attend the Fall Shoot and our upcoming Meat Shoot October 19th. Club opens at 9:30am and shooting starts at 10:00am. There will be food available in our kitchen along with some interesting games to follow. Hope to see you there! Cottonwood Gun Club
Secretary, Nate Gentry
PIRATES BOYS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2008
12-C.V., here, won 60-14
19-Potlatch, there won 56-8
26-Timberline, here, Homecoming, won 50-0
10-Genesee, here, won 52-0