roll over Timberline
The Prairie Pirates pretty much scored at will at Timberline as they rolled to a 54-6 win in a game called at halftime on the 45-point mercy rule Friday, Sept. 25.
In the first 6 minutes of the first quarter the Prairie offense had the ball for only 4 plays but the Pirates managed to put 30 points on the scoreboard.
Their first play was the only Prairie pass play of the game as Kyle Holthaus completed a screen pass to the right to Branden Waller who took the ball 27 yards for the score then kicked the extra point for a quick 7-0 lead.
Prairie got the ball on the Timberline 27 thanks to a sack for a 10 yard loss by Conner Rieman and the Spartans coming up 3 yards short on a fourth and 13 play.
Andrew Gabica’s kickoff after the Pirates’ score was taken at the 6 and the returner stumbled, going to a knee at the 8.
A false start penalty set them back to their 4 and the next play resulted in a 2-yard loss.
Timberline set up in a shotgun formation on the next play and the center snap sailed over the quarterback’s head. It rolled out of the end zone for a safety to give Prairie a 9-0 lead.
David Sigler returned the Timberline free kick 27 yards down to the 33 and on the next play Tyrell Langston took the handoff from Holthaus and went through the middle then cut to the left for a touchdown. Waller’s kick made it 16-0 less than 2½ minutes into the game.
After 3 plays netted a minus 3 yards Timberline punted with the ball rolling dead on the Timberline 44.
It took 2 plays to score this time as backup tailback Brock Heath carried for 10 yards on first down with a facemask penalty adding another 5 to the play. Devin Schmidt then took a handoff and went around left end for 29 yards and another score. Waller again kicked the extra point to make it 23-0.
Timberline went 3 plays and punt again with Sigler taking the punt at midfield. He took off for the right sideline and ran the punt all the way back for the touchdown. Waller again added the extra point giving Prairie a 30-0 lead with still 6:37 left in the first quarter.
Timberline again gave the ball back on downs as Waller and Langston combined to stop quarterback Colton Jared’s 4th and 1 sneak attempt for a 1 yard loss giving Prairie the ball at the Prairie 49.
The second unit running backs took over on offense and Prairie still managed to drive the ball 51 yards on 8 plays for another score. Holthaus, still in at quarterback, had a big play on fourth and 5 as he scrambled around the left side for 23 yards.
Justin Schmidt wound up with the touchdown on a 5 yard end run. Waller’s extra point made it 37-0 with 54 seconds left in the first quarter.
On the first play of the second quarter Langston intercepted Jared’s 4th down pass at the Timberline 38 and returned it to the 26.
This time the drive stalled out at the 8 yard line and Waller went in to try a field goal, splitting the uprights from 25 yards out to make it 40-0.
On Timberline’s next possession they were again forced to punt with Sigler almost picking up his second punt return touchdown. Sigler took the ball at the Prairie 47 and weaved his way down to the 10 yard line where he was pushed out of bounds.
Heath went over the right side for 10 yards and the touchdown on the next play. Waller kicked the extra point for a 47-0 lead with 7:40 left in the half.
The rest of the half the JV players on both offense and defense got to show their stuff and they didn’t let Timberline keep the ball long as Justin Schmidt intercepted Jared’s 1st down pass after the kickoff return.
Heath, Cody Schumacher and Garrett Schmidt each got to carry the ball as Prairie took 7 plays to go the 38 yards for another touchdown. Schumacher went up the middle from the 4 for the score. Waller kicked the extra point to make it 54-0 with 3:53 left in the half.
Timberline, with –4 yards of offense to that point, finally got a drive going against the JV defense as Jared completed 3 passes for 66 total yards as the Spartans went 70 yards in 5 plays for their only score of the game. Heath broke up the 2-point pass attempt.
Timberline tried an onside kick but Joe Schumacher recovered although the referees indicated the ball belonged to Timberline at first before realizing they had pointed the wrong way.
Prairie picked up a first down at the 35 and then with the clock running down the Pirates sent Waller out to try a 50 yard field goal. The kick came up well short as the clock ran out and the game ended.
Prairie had 207 yards rushing on 27 attempts in the game and 27 yards on the only pass attempt and completion for 234 total yards.
Heath carried the ball 11 times for 55 yards while Schumacher had 48 yards on 8 carries. Langston gained 33 on his only carry and Devin Schmidt had 29 on his only carry. Holthaus added 23 on 1 carry and Garrett Schmidt had 14 yards on 4 carries.
Waller had the only pass reception and gained 27 yards. Holthaus was 1 for 1 passing and is now 12 for 13 on the season.
Timberline was held to 66 total yards. They had –6 rushing and 72 passing with 66 of that on the last drive.
Devin Schmidt had 4½ tackles to lead the team while Gabica had 4 tackles and Holthaus had 3. Waller had 2½ and Sigler had 2. Rieman had 1 tackles plus a sack and Justin Schmidt had 1½ plus an interception. Langston also had an interception.
Timberline was stopped for losses on 6 of their 28 offensive plays.
With the win Prairie improves to 4-0 on the season and in league play. It is their 16th win in a row. Their next game is Homecoming against Lapwai this Friday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.
Prairie 37 17 -54
Timberline 0 6 - 6
P-Waller 27 pass from Holthaus (Waller kick) 10:28 1st
P-Safety, snap went out of end zone 9:57 1st
P-Langston 33 run (Waller kick) 9:32 1st
P-D. Schmidt 29 run (Waller kick) 8:17 1st
P-Sigler 50 punt return (Waller kick) 6:37 1st
P-J. Schmidt 5 run (Waller kick) 0:54.1 1st
P-Waller 25 field goal 8:51 2nd
P-Heath 10 run (Waller kick) 7:40 2nd
P-Schumacher 4 run (Waller kick) 3:35 2nd
T-Sutton 1 run (pass failed) 1:54 2nd
PIRATES BOYS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2009
11-C.V., there, won 58-8
18-Potlatch, here, won 59-8
25-Timberline, there, won 54-6
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.