The Prairie football team made a statement to the rest of the White Pine League and to the rest of the state that they are ready to defend their state title as they ripped 4th ranked and previously unbeaten Potlatch 59-8 at Cottonwood Friday, Sept. 18.
The game ended at halftime on the 45-point mercy rule.
The first team offense ran just 12 offensive plays in the game and scored touchdowns on 6 of them. The defense added a pair of touchdowns and the special teams had 2 touchdowns called back due to penalties.
Potlatch’s offense meanwhile managed just 61 yards against the first team defense with 40 of that coming on their first possession.
Potlatch received the opening kickoff and gained those 40 yards and picked up a couple of first down to move to the Prairie 35 using their option running attack.
On first down at the 35 Prairie’s defense got penetration into the backfield forcing quarterback Dustin Shepherd to pitch the ball before he wanted to. The pitch went awry and Kyle Holthaus recovered the ball at the Prairie 42.
On the Pirates’ first offensive play Holthaus dropped back and lofted a pass deep over the middle to Devin Schmidt who went up above the defender for the catch and took off for a 58 yard touchdown play. The conversion try failed leaving Prairie with a 6-0 lead.
Prairie forced Potlatch to punt after 3 plays netted just 1 yard. David Sigler received the punt at the Prairie 30 and proceeded to take it all the way back for a touchdown but a questionable penalty on what appeared to be a great block by Branden Waller called the play back and Prairie set up at their own 38.
This drive started inauspiciously as the first snap nearly hit motion man Devin Schmidt. Holthaus picked up the bad snap and salvaged a 6 yard gain out of the play.
Tyrell Langston when 25 yards over the right side on the next play for a first down.
Schmidt was caught for a loss on the next play but on second down from the Potlatch 45 Holthaus found Sigler down the left side. Sigler caught the pass at the 30, spun away from two defenders and weaved his way through the rest of the defense to the end zone. Schmidt ran in the 2-pointer to make it 14-0.
Potlatch was forced to punt as a bad snap set up a fourth and 19. Punter C.J. Keasal shanked the punt off to the right and the ball rolled dead behind the line of scrimmage. A Potlatch player picked it up and nearly made a first down, which is legal when the punt doesn’t go past the line of scrimmage. He still came up 4 yards short and Prairie took over at the Potlatch 41.
Waller took a handoff and went to the right, stopped, and threw a pass downfield toward Conner Rieman who was wide open at the 10 yard line. Rieman caught the pass and went into the end zone. Schmidt added the conversion to make it 22-0.
Prairie got the ball right back as kicker Andrew Gabica topped the ball on the kickoff make it roll forward. Gabica ran alongside the ball and when it crossed the 50 he dropped on it for the recovery giving Prairie the ball at the Potlatch 48.
Two running plays were stopped by the Loggers but on third down Holthaus tossed a screen pass to the right to Langston who got great blocking as he took the all down the right sideline for 49 yards and another Pirate touchdown.
Holthaus passed to Waller for the 2-pointer to make it 30-0 with 1:49 left in the first quarter.
On the Loggers next possession they faced a fourth at 2 at their own 35 and went for the first down. Prairie stopped them for a 1 yard loss on the play and took over at the Potlatch 34.
Waller went through a huge hole on the left side and ran the ball 34 yards for another touchdown. Holthaus passed to Sigler for the 2-pointer to make it 38-0 with 5 seconds left in the quarter. We can’t verify it but feel that 38 points in a quarter has to be a school record.
It was only 11 seconds into the second quarter that Prairie scored again. This time it was the defense. On the first play of the second quarter Waller stepped in front of a pass by Keasal at the Potlatch 39 and took it all the way back for a score.
Prairie then had Waller kick for the extra point and it was good for a 45-0 lead.
Potlatch was forced to punt again as 3 plays left them facing fourth and 11 at their own 23. Keasal got off a 35 yard punt that Sigler caught at the Prairie 42. Sigler was able to return the punt 40 yards down to the Potlatch 12 where he got pushed out of bounds.
Schmidt carried down to the 1 and Waller scored on the next play. Waller again kicked the extra point to make it 52-0.
On third down on Potlatch’s next possession Keasal got hit as he was throwing and Sigler had an easy interception at the 50 yard line as he was the only player within at least 10 yards of the throw. He took off down the left sideline for another Prairie touchdown. Waller added the extra point to make it 59-0 with 8:32 still left in the second quarter.
Prairie started subbing in the second team and JV players and Potlatch managed to pick up a first down but then fumbled on the next play with Justin Schmidt recovering at the Potlatch 32.
Prairie’s second team couldn’t move the ball and Waller set up to try a 47 yard field goal. The try was blocked and Sigler, who was the holder, picked up the ball and scrambled to the left and took the ball for an apparent 29 yard touchdown but a holding penalty brought it back.
Facing fourth and 20 at the 41, Langston carried the ball around right end and picked up the first down but Prairie was called for an illegal shift on the play, moving them back another 5 yards. Sigler then punted down to the 16.
Potlatch picked up a first down but then had a bad snap set them back to their own 5.
A 26 yard pass play set up a fourth and 4 at the 36 and on the next play Brandon Woodin got around right end and was able to race down the sidelines for Potlatch’s only touchdown of the game. The Loggers added the 2-pointer to make it 59-8 with 28 seconds left in the half.
Waller recovered Potlatch’s onside kick attempt and Prairie ran out the clock.
Waller was the leading rusher with 4 carries for 34 yards while Langston carried 1 time for 25 yards. Prairie had 84 yards rushing on 13 carries.
The passing attack is where Prairie did most of the damage as they attempted just 4 passes and completed all 4 for touchdowns, averaging over 48 yards per completion. Holthaus was 3 for 3 for 152 yards and 3 touchdowns while Waller was 1 for 1 for 41 yards and a touchdown.
Devin Schmidt caught 1 pass for 58 yards, Sigler 1 for 45, Langston 1 for 49 and Rieman 1 for 41.
Potlatch totaled 145 yards. They got 111 yards rushing on 23 attempts with 64 of those on the touchdown play. Their passers completed just 4 of 11 attempts with 2 interceptions for 34 yards. 26 of those came in the touchdown drive.
Devin Schmidt had 5 tackles while Sigler and Waller each had 4½ tackles plus and interception. Kyler Shumway had 3½ tackles and Holthaus had 3 tackles plus a fumble recovery. Justin Schmidt had 2½ tackles plus a fumble recovery and Gabica had 1½ tackles plus a fumble recovery.
The Pirates improve to 3-0 on the season and in the league with their 15th straight win. Their next game is at Timberline this Friday, Sept. 25 while next week will be Homecoming Week.
Potlatch 0 0 - 0
Prairie 38 21 -59
Pr.-D. Schmidt 58 pass from Holthaus (run failed) 9:10 1st
Pr.-Sigler 45 pass from Holthaus (Schmidt run) 5:12 1st
Pr.-Rieman 41 pass from Waller (Schmidt run) 3:26 1st
Pr.-Langston 49 pass from Holthaus (Waller pass from Holthaus) 1:49 1st
Pr.-Waller 34 run (Sigler pass from Holthaus) 0:05.2 1st
Pr.-Waller 39 interception return (Waller kick) 11:49 2nd
Pr.-Waller 1 run (Waller kick) 9:37 2nd
Pr.-Sigler 50 interception return (Waller kick) 8:32 2nd
Po.-Woodin 64 run (Brent pass from Keasal) 0:28 2nd
High School Rodeos starts this weekend
Come and support the Prairie High School Rodeo Team at Kamiah September 26th and 27th. Each day will be it’s own separate rodeo, so feel free to come one or both days.
September 26th at 3:00 p.m. @ Kamiah Rodeo Grounds
September 27th at 9:00 a.m. @ Kamiah Rodeo Grounds
October 10th at 2:00 p.m. @ Cambridge
October 11th at 9:00 a.m. @ Cambridge
There is no charge for admission and concessions are available.
Wrestling Club signups are set
Cottonwood Wrestling Club will hold signups and the first practice for the 2009 season on Monday, October 5th at Prairie Elementary School at 6:30 PM. Wrestling is open to all children born between 1995 and 2005. All first time wrestlers must bring a copy of their birth certificate for signups. Practices will be on Monday and Wednesday, with tournaments on Saturdays beginning October 24th. If you have any questions, contact Dan Altman 962-3131 or Nicole Roberts 983-0909.
PIRATES BOYS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2009
11-C.V., there, won 58-8
18-Potlatch, here, won 59-8
20-Championship, ISU/BSU, TBA
Note: JV schedule subject to change as some schools may not have enough turn out to support a JV team.