complete 9-0 regular season
The Prairie football team completed their first unbeaten regular season since 1969 when they won at Kendrick 70-24 Friday, Oct. 31.
The setting was appropriate for Halloween as there was fog and mist surrounding the field and the opponent was wearing black and orange uniforms.
Kendrick got the ball first and was stopped on downs after a fake punt pass play came up a yard short at the Kendrick 36.
Kendrick was ready for the Pirates running game as they stopped 3 straight runs for a net –1 yard. On fourth down from the 37, Kyle Holthaus tossed a short pass to David Sigler to the left side and Sigler took the ball all the way to the end zone for the game’s first touchdown. The 2-point try failed leaving Prairie with a 6-0 lead.
Kendrick came right back though with a couple of big pass plays mixed with hard running by senior running back Ben Warner as they went 80 yards in 6 plays to tie the game. The 2-point try came up short. It was the first time all season Prairie had faced a tie score after they had scored.
Kendrick tried an onside kick and nearly recovered it with Prairie coming up with the ball at the 50 after it had bounced off one of their front line players.
Prairie picked up a first down but the drive then stalled as Kendrick took over at their 36.
Devin Schmidt made sure Kendrick didn’t get anything going this time when he sacked Kendrick quarterback Blake Boyle for a 12 yard loss.
Kendrick punted on the first play of the second quarter with Prairie taking over at their own 43.
Three running plays netted 13 yards and a first down. Kyle Daly was then able to break loose for a 30 yard gain over the left side.
On the next play Branden Waller went up the middle for 14 yards and the go-ahead touchdown. Holthaus passed to Sigler for the 2-pointer to make it 14-6 and start the second quarter scoring explosion for the Pirates.
Kendrick was forced to turn over the ball on downs at their own 44 and Prairie took just one play to score as Holthaus passed deep over the middle to Sigler for the touchdown. Holthaus passed to Daly for the 2-pointer to make it 22-6.
Prairie then tried their own onside kick with Conner Rieman recovering at the 50.
Daly picked up 27 yards on a run to left to put the ball at the 23. 4 plays later Waller went over the right side for 15 yards and the touchdown. Prairie tried to kick the extra point but missed making it 28-6.
Prairie then tried a different onside kick play and recovered again. This time Tyler Forsmann covered the ball at the Kendrick 45.
On the next play Holthaus passed deep to Sigler but underthrew the ball and Sigler had to wait for it but still wound up with a 27 yard gain.
Prairie then ran the ball 4 straight time with Daly going in from the 5 on a sweep to the left. Again the kick missed making the score 34-6.
Prairie kicked deep this time but the ball went out of bounds and Kendrick took over at their 35.
On the next play Boyle threw deep down the middle to Trent Brown and Prairie’s defender fell trying to knock away the pass. Brown caught the ball at about the 30 and went in for the score. Chase Nuxoll sacked Boyle on the 2-point try leaving the score at 34-12.
A penalty on the scoring play was assessed on the kickoff with Kendrick kicking off from the Prairie 45. They tried another onside kick but this one backfired big time as Daly wound up picking up the ball on the bounce at the Prairie 30 and took it all the way down the right sideline for a 70 yard touchdown. Ronnie Chandler kicked the extra point to make it 41-12. Prairie had scored 5 touchdowns in just over 5 minutes of play.
Kendrick threatened to score again on their next possession as Warner burst through the middle for 56 yards with Schmidt making the saving tackle at the 9 yard line. Three more runs by Warner resulted in a net loss of 3 yards with Mike Mattson tackling Warner behind the line of scrimmage for a 6 yard loss on third down.
Kendrick then missed on a fourth down pass turning the ball over to the Pirates at the 12.
With less than 3 minutes left in the half, Prairie proceeded to march the ball 88 yards in 11 plays and overcame two 10 yard holding penalties along the way.
After the first penalty, Holthaus connected with Sigler for 23 yards even though the ball was tipped on the play by the defense.
Sigler picked up 8 yards on the next play on another pass that was tipped by the defense. He then gained 29 yards on an end around run to the Kendrick 13.
Waller gained 11 yards to set up first and goal at the 2.
On the next play Prairie was hit with the second holding penalty, pushing them back to the 11. After an incomplete pass, Waller went over the right side for 11 yards and the touchdown. Chandler again kicked the extra point to make it 48-12 with 7 seconds left in the half. Prairie had scored an amazing 42 points in the second quarter.
Kendrick kicked off to open the second half and made a terrible onside kick attempt as the kicker caught just the tip of the ball and it went only 5 yards with Prairie taking over at the Kendrick 45.
Daly went around left end for 9 yards then Schmidt, on his only carry of the game, went around right end for 36 yards. The extra point try was blocked leaving Prairie with a 54-12 lead.
Kendrick was 4 plays and out on their next possession, giving Prairie the ball at the Kendrick 35.
Prairie put in their second unit runners and Dustin Schaeffer, Brock Heath and Tyrell Langston combined on 6 straight rushes to move the ball down to the 2 yard line. A score here would’ve ended the game on the 45-point mercy rule but a fumble on the next play gave Kendrick the ball at the 5 yard line.
Kendrick used mostly pass plays to go 95 yards for a touchdown in 6 plays against a Prairie defense made up of all seniors.
They then tried another onside kick which Sigler recovered at the 50.
After a running play gained just 1 yard, Holthaus connected deep over the middle to Sigler, hitting him in stride for a 49 yard touchdown. Daly ran in the 2-pointer to make it 62-18.
Kendrick came right back with another scoring drive of their own with 2 pass plays eating up most of the yardage. Their 2-point try failed, making it 62-24.
Another onside kick try was recovered by Daly at the 50. Daly then picked up 10 yards on a sweep to the left. Waller followed with a 3 yard gain then Daly went around the right side for 37 yards and the touchdown. He then ran in the 2-pointer to end the game on the 45-point mercy rule with 11:22 left in the fourth quarter.
Prairie wound up with 496 yards of total offense to 368 for Kendrick.
The Pirates gained 303 yards rushing on 38 attempts with Daly picking up 161 yards on 19 carries. Waller added 76 yards on 8 carries while Schmidt had 36 on 1 carry, Sigler 29 on 1 carry and Langston 25 yards on 3 carries.
Holthaus complete 7 of 12 pass attempts for 193 yards, all to Sigler.
Kendrick had 96 yards rushing on 27 attempts with Warner gaining 116 on 23 carries. Kendrick had 4 different players completing passes as they completed 13 of 17 attempts for 272 yards Brown caught 7 for 147 yards.
On defense Waller had 9 tackles while Mattson and Daly had 6½ tackles each. Sigler had 4½ tackles while Rieman had 4 tackles and a fumble recovery. Schmidt had 4½ tackles including a sack. Forsmann also had 3½ tackles. Chase Nuxoll had 3½ tackles including 2 sacks. Andy Groom had 2 tackles and Kyler Shumway and Cody Miller each had 1½ tackles.
With the win Prairie takes a perfect 9-0 record and 8-0 league record into the state playoffs which start this Friday at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow. They'll play Troy at 7 p.m.
Prairie 6 42 14 8 -70
Kendrick 6 6 12 0 -24
P-Sigler 37 pass from Holthaus (pass failed) 7:39 1st
K-T. Brown 14 pass from Boyle (run failed) 4:57 1st
P-Waller 14 run (Sigler pass from Holthaus) 10:20 2nd
P-Sigler 44 pass from Holthaus (Daly pass from Holthaus) 8:29 2nd
P-Waller 15 run (kick failed) 7:06 2nd
P-Daly 5 run (kick failed) 5:25 2nd
K-T. Brown 65 pass from Boyle (pass failed) 5:13 2nd
P-Daly 70 kickoff return (Chandler kick) 5:04 2nd
P-Waller 11 run (Chandler kick) 0:07 2nd
P-Schmidt 36 run (kick blocked) 11:18 3rd
K-Curtice 22 pass from Boyle (pass failed) 4:06 3rd
P-Sigler 49 pass from Holthaus (Daly run) 3:48 3rd
K-Warner 5 run (run failed) 0:23 3rd
P-Daly 37 run (Daly run) 11:22 4th game over
Cottonwood Gun Club Night Shoot, week 4
Week four comes to a close with a close race for the top position. We had excellent weather on Wednesday evening which made for excellent scores. We had clear skies and bright stars with hardly no wind and descent temperatures. We have a great competition with "Our Team" from Grangeville Gun Club in the lead with 803 birds..."Winchester Gun Club" right on their tail, 800 birds. And not too far behind them, "Harman Agency" with 788 birds. Congratulations to John Crea of Harman Agency with a 25 and Andy Terhaar of City Electric also with a 25. Great shooting everyone!
6 of 13 earn medals
The Cottonwood USA Wrestling Club competed at a tournament at Grangeville Saturday, Nov. 1, with 6 of 13 wrestlers earning medals.
Earning gold medals were Devin Ross and Taylor Heitman. Ross should’ve also been credited with earning a silver medal at the Clarkston Tournament in last week’s article.
Earning silver medals were Hunter McWilliams and Alex Duman.
Earning bronze medals were Hunter Chaffee and Kellie Heitman.
Others participating were Rafe Coates, Jared Nopens, Conrad Duman, Braden Nopens, Caleb McWilliams, Tervor Shipley and Cole Creutzberg.
Dan Altman and Jennifer Heitman are their coaches.
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
17-Troy, there, won 46-0, clinch state berth
24-Deary, here, won 36-14, clinch league title
31-Kendrick, there, won 70-24, finish regular season at 9-0