win state opener 48-0
A spectacular goal-line stand by the Prairie defense thwarted Troy’s only real scoring chance as the Pirates rolled to a 48-0 win over the Trojans Friday, Nov. 7 at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow.
The state tournament win advances the Pirates to the second round where they will face Deary, a 56-6 winner over Wallace this past Saturday. That game will also be played at the Kibbie Dome and is set to start at 7 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 14. The winner of that game will play for the state championship against the winner of Oakley and Raft River. Oakley is the defending state champion.
The win over Troy came on the 28th anniversary of Prairie’s only other state football win, a triple overtime thriller against Valley in 1980, also at the Kibbie Dome. The main connection between the two teams is that the quarterback of that team, Roger Holthaus, is the father of the current PHS quarterback, Kyle Holthaus.
The start of the game didn’t look too promising for the Pirates as the Trojans took the opening kickoff and marched from their own 30 to the Prairie 1 yard line. 3 penalties against the Pirates helped the Trojans. The first being an offside penalty when Troy was ready to punt. That penalty gave the Trojans a first down and kept their drive alive.
Another offside penalty and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty helped Troy move down to the 17.
Troy appeared about to score on a pass play as quarterback George Swanger connected with Dalton Dimmick but David Sigler tackled Dimmick at the 1 yard line.
Troy’s T.J. Yockey went over the left side on the first down play and was stuffed by the Pirates’ line and linebackers. He appeared to have gone into the end zone on second effort but the referees said he was already down and spotted the ball less than a foot from the goal line. Swanger tried a quarterback sneak on second down but the middle of the Pirates’ defense stuffed that play.
Yockey tried the left side again on third down but Branden Waller and Sigler combined to keep him out of the end zone.
On fourth down Swanger tried to lob a pass toward the back right corner of the end zone and had a receiver open but the ball sailed high.
The Pirates took over inside their own 1 yard line and proceeded to march the ball down the field. On the first 9 plays of the 12-play drive, running backs Kyle Daly and Waller alternated carries. Daly had gains of 12, 14, 6, 7 and 5 yards and Waller had carries of 3, 13, 18 and 0 yards.
Daly carried for the second time in a row on the 10th play and picked up 9 yards. Waller then gained 2 to set up first and goal at the 10.
An illegal procedure penalty set the Pirates back 5 yards but Daly carried the ball on a sweep around left end for 15 yards and the first score of the game. Holthaus passed to Sigler for the 2-point conversion to make it 8-0.
Troy was forced to punt on their next possession and Prairie Sigler returned the punt 31 yards to set Prairie up at the Troy 22.
It took only 1 play to score as Daly went to the right side and cut back to the middle then back out to the right sideline for a 22 yard scoring play. The 2-point try failed giving Prairie a 14-0 lead with just 3 seconds left in the first quarter.
On Troy’s next possession they went for it on fourth and 1 at their own 29. Chase Nuxoll stood up Swanger on a quarterback sneak for no gain and Prairie took over on downs.
Again it took only 1 play to score as Holthaus connected with Sigler in the end zone for a 29-yard scoring play. The 2-point try again came up short and Prairie lead 20-0.
Ronnie Chandler’s kickoff bounced straight up in the air at the 6 yard line and Yockey had some trouble fielding it and was stopped at the 9. Troy picked up a first down but were stilled forced to punt from their 27.
Sigler caught the punt at the Prairie 47 and headed to his right where he handed off to Waller coming back the other way. Waller turned the corner at the left sideline and wove his way through the defenders all the way to the end zone on a 53 yard scoring play. Again the 2-point try failed and Prairie led 26-0.
The defense forced another punt and Prairie appeared ready to score again. Holthaus tried to recreate the earlier touchdown pass to Sigler but underthrew the ball and Troy’s Hal Bottini intercepted it just inside the end zone. He carried it out to the 17.
Prairie got the ball right back though when Waller intercepted a third down pass at the 24 and returned it down to the 8 yard line.
After a 1 yard run by Daly, Waller burst up the middle for 7 yards and the touchdown. Daly added the 2-pointer to give Prairie a 34-0 lead with 2:48 left in the half.
Prairie received the kickoff to open the second half and Devin Schmidt’s 13 yard return set the Pirates up at their 25.
Prairie stayed with the running game for an 8-play 75 yard drive. Waller carried 3 times for 22 yards on the drive and Daly carried the other 5 times. He picked up 23 yards on a sweep to the right and 2 plays later 25 yards on a sweep to the left.
Daly wound up scoring the touchdown on a sweep to the right from the 3 yard line. Holthaus passed to Conner Rieman for the 2-pointer to make it 42-0 with 8:39 left in the third quarter.
Troy picked up a couple of first downs on their next possession and moved into Prairie territory for the first time since the first drive of the game but stalled out at the Prairie 43 as they missed on 3 straight pass attempts.
Prairie gave backup runners Tyrell Langston and Schmidt a chance to carry they ball as they picked up a pair of first downs as they moved down to the Troy 36. At that point Holthaus pass out to the right sideline to Schmidt who was wide open at the 30. Schmidt caught the pass and was able to outrace the defenders to the end zone for the game-ending touchdown.
Daly wound up gaining 177 yards on 18 carries while Waller added 65 yards on 9 carries. Prairie totaled 255 yards rushing on 30 attempts. Daly now has 1,363 yards rushing on the season on 127 carries, a 10.7 yards per carry average.
Holthaus completed 3 of 4 passes with 1 interception for 70 yards. Schmidt caught 1 pass for 36 yards, Sigler 1 for 29 and Waller 1 for 5 yards.
Troy gained 84 yards rushing on 30 attempts and Swanger was 6 for 19 with 1 interception for 63 yards passing.
Yockey gained 62 yards on 16 carries for the Trojans before leaving the game with an injury sustained on Daly’s final touchdown run.
On defense Waller led the way with 9 tackles plus an interception and ½ a sack. Rieman had 6 tackles and ½ a sack. Tyler Forsmann had 5½ tackles plus ½ a sack. Sigler had 5½ tackles. Daly had 5 tackles, Cody Miller 4 tackles and Schmidt and Mike Mattson 3 tackles each. Kyler Shumway had 1½ tackles plus ½ a sack.
With the win Prairie improves to 10-0 on the season and will play 8-2 Deary at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 at the Kibbie Dome.
Prairie 14 20 14 -48
Troy 0 0 0 - 0
P-Daly 15 run (Sigler pass from Holthaus) 1:32 1st
P-Daly 22 run (run failed) 0:03 1st
P-Sigler 29 pass from Holthaus (run failed) 10:53 2nd
P-Waller 53 punt return (pass failed) 8:05 2nd
P-Waller 7 run (Daly run) 2:48 2nd
P-Daly 3 run (Rieman pass from Holthaus) 8:39 3rd
P-Schmidt 36 pass from Holthaus (no try-game over) 2:57 3rd
Cottonwood Gun Club Night Shoot, week 5
Well once again we had a brisk evening with mild, but very chilling wind for week 5 of the Cottonwood Gun Club Night Shoot.
This made for somewhat challenging scores. We head off the list with "Our Team" from Grangeville with 1002 birds. Second place goes to "Winchester Gun Club" with 988 birds. And right on their tails, "Harman Agency" from Cottonwood with 980 birds. Congratulations to Andy Terhaar from Cottonwood Gun Club and Bill Stolz from Grangeville Gun Club for perfect 25’s. Keep it up for one more week at least.
Next week is our last night for the Night Shoot in Cottonwood. Can the leaders hold their position for one more week? Keep watch!
3 of 9 earn medals
With a lot of wrestlers from much bigger communities in attendance, the Cottonwood Wrestling Club still managed to have 3 of their 9 wrestlers earn medals at the Potlatch Tournament Saturday, Nov. 9.
Taylor Heitman and Cole Creutzberg each earned a silver medal while Kellie Heitman earned a bronze.
Also participating were Rafe Coates, Alex Duman, Hunter Chaffee, Caleb McWilliams, Braden Nopens and Hunter McWilliams.
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
14-2nd round State Tournament vs. Deary at 7 p.m., Kibbie Dome in Moscow