The Prairie Pirates scored an unbelievable 55 first quarter points at Genesee and cruised to a 55-6 win over the Bulldogs Friday, Oct. 9.
Temperatures in the mid to lower 30’s didn’t cool off the Pirates one bit as the first team offense scored every time they had the ball and the defense contributed a pair of scores as well.
Prairie took the opening kickoff, the first time this year they hadn’t kicked off to start the game, at their own 38 as the kickoff went out of bounds at that point.
Prairie’s first play was a pass from Kyle Holthaus over the middle to David Sigler for 30 yards.
After a pair of plays netted just 2 yards, Devin Schmidt pounded through the middle for a 21 yard gain to set up first and goal at the 9. Schmidt then scored on the next play as he went around right end. Holthaus passed to Conner Rieman for the 2-pointer to make it 8-0.
On Genesee’s first play on offense a bad snap from center to the quarterback led to an 11 yard loss as Kyler Shumway picked up the sack. The Genesee center had trouble with snaps the whole game. Maybe having Shumway lined up across from him had something to do with it.
That play led to a Genesee punt with Prairie taking over at their own 44.
Prairie took just 3 plays to score as they tried 3 straight passes. The first went to the left side to Branden Waller for 13 yards. The next went to Schmidt who gained 25 yards to the Genesee 18. The third was a short pass over the middle to Tyrell Langston who went for the score. Schmidt ran in the 2-pointer for a 16-0 lead.
Genesee gained just 2 yards on 3 plays and had to punt again with Prairie taking over their own 37.
Waller went up the middle twice in a row for 10 yards each time. Holthaus then had to pull down a pass attempt and keep the ball and was caught for a 1 yard loss. Schmidt then lined up wide to the right and came across the backfield for a pitch from Holthaus. He turned the corner on the left side and was off to the races for a 43 yard touchdown. Holthaus passed to Waller for the 2-pointer to make it 24-0.
On Genesee’s next possession they faced fourth and 4 at their own 26. A bad snap to the punter led to punter Alan Berry being tackled by Shumway at the Genesee 7 where Prairie took over on downs.
It took the Pirates just 1 play to score as Holthaus pass to Waller for the touchdown. Prairie had their own bad snap on the extra point try leaving Prairie with a 30-0 lead.
On Genesee’s next possession Shumway blew up the first play as he burst through the line and was nearly there for the handoff as he tackled Genesee’s Tyler Stout for a 5 yard loss. The pass rush forced a pair of incompletions and Genesee had to punt again.
Sigler took the punt at the Genesee 35 and took it all the way for a touchdown but it got called back on a penalty.
Prairie started on the Genesee 45 and took just 2 plays to get the touchdown back. Langston gained 4 yards then Holthaus hit Sigler with a pass out to the left side and Sigler took the ball 41 yards to the end zone. The kick missed as Prairie led 36-0 with 1:35 left in the quarter.
Genesee was again 3 plays and punt with Sigler taking the kick at the 50. He went left and handed off to Waller coming back to the right. The handoff was fumbled and Waller was able to recover it back on the Prairie 42.
On the next play Holthaus faked a handoff to the left and then kept the ball, running to the right where there were no defenders and the ones who hadn’t bitten on the fake were walled off by the offensive line. Holthaus took off down the sideline and the only defender with a chance to tackle him was taken out on a block from Schmidt at about the 15. The conversion try failed leaving Prairie with a school record 42 first quarter points with 31.7 seconds left in the period.
On Genesee’s next possession the pass rush forced a couple of hurried throws although the second one should have been caught but was dropped by the receiver. On third and 10 Shumway sacked Hermann, forcing a fumble that Rieman scooped up at the 22 and took in for a touchdown. Waller kicked the extra point to make it 49-0 with 6 seconds left in the quarter.
On Genesee’s first play after the ensuing kickoff, Hermann was rushed again and made a poor throw that Schmidt intercepted at the 39 and returned for another defensive touchdown as the first quarter clock ran out. The conversion try failed leaving Prairie with a 55-0 lead in just 12 minutes of play.
Subs mixed in with a starter or two played the entire second quarter.
Hermann finally completed his first pass after starting 0-10 but his next pass was intercepted by Holthaus at the Prairie 27.
The second team offense was unable to move the ball against Genesee and were forced to punt. Genesee took over at their own 47 and on the next play Ryan Borth went around left end and was able to take the ball to the end zone on a 53 yard run. Genesee’s 2-point play failed leaving them down 55-6.
Prairie picked up a first down but a fumble on fourth and 2 gave Genesee the ball back at the Genesee 42.
Bad snaps plagued Genesee again as they had 2 of them on their next 3 plays. One led to an incompletion the second to a 20 yard loss setting up fourth and 30.
Genesee tried a fake punt but Berry’s pass completion to Stout only gained 10 yards giving Prairie the ball at the Genesee 32.
Langston picked up 12 yards then Cody Schumacher gained 8 yards on 3 carries to move the ball to the 12 where Waller tried a field goal. The attempt missed and Genesee took over at their 20.
The Bulldogs were able to move out to midfield on 3 pass completions before time ran out on them at the half. The game ended at that point on the mercy rule.
Holthaus was a perfect 6 for 6 passing for 134 yards and is now 23 for 25 on the season.
Sigler caught 2 passes for 71 yards, Waller 2 for 20, Schmidt 1 for 25 and Langston 1 for 18.
Schmidt had 73 yards rushing on just 3 carries. Holthaus had 57 yards on 2 carries, Langston 25 on 4, Waller 22 on 3 and Schumacher 13 yards on 7 carries. Prairie had 202 yards rushing on 22 attempts and 336 total yards.
Genesee had just 83 total yards, 22 yards rushing on 17 attempts and 61 passing on 5 completions out of 18 attempts.
Sigler had 6½ tackles in the game while Rieman had 4 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Waller had 4 tackles plus ½ a sack. Shumway had 3 tackles and 2½ sacks plus a forced fumble. Derek Schaeffer had 3 tackles and ½ a sack. Schmidt had 2½ tackles plus an interception for a touchdown. Langston had 2 tackles and Holthaus had 1½ tackles plus an interception. In all the Pirates had 4 sacks and their pass rush hurried Hermann on most of his 13 incompletions.
With the win Prairie improves to 6-0 on the season as they won their 18th straight game. Their next game is at home against Troy this Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.
Prairie 55 0 -55
Genesee 0 6 - 6
P-Schmidt 9 run (Rieman pass from Holthaus) 10:45 1st
P-Langston 18 pass from Holthaus (Schmidt run) 7:36 1st
P-Schmidt 43 run (Waller pass from Holthaus) 5:19 1st
P-Waller 7 pass from Holthaus (kick failed) 3:52 1st
P-Sigler 41 pass from Holthaus (kick failed) 1:35 1st
P-Holthaus 58 run (run failed) 0:31.7 1st
P-Rieman 22 fumble return (Waller kick) 0:06.0 1st
P-Schmidt 39 interception return (kick failed) 0:00.0 1st
G-Borth 53 run (pass failed) 7:57 2nd
Prairie nominees are finalists
Several Prairie High School individuals and the 2008 Prairie Football team are among the finalists for Lewis-Clark State 2009 Warrior Athletic Association High School Awards. One winner will be chosen from the four finalists in each category, which will be announced on Oct. 14 at the WAA High School Awards Dinner to be held at 7 p.m. inside the Lewis-Clark State College Activity Center.
Officials from 21 area high schools in southeastern Washington and north central Idaho submitted nominees for Male Athlete of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year, Coach of the Year, Team of the Year, and the Meritorious Award. A selection committee composed of Lewiston media chose the four finalists and the overall winner for each category except for the Meritorious Award, which will just have a winner announced.
The four finalists for Female Athlete of the Year include Shiann Dreadfulwater of Grangeville High, Chelsey Leighton of Lapwai, Kaylee Uhlenkott of Prairie, and Erika Hanson of Pullman. The Male Athlete of the Year finalists are Beau Dahmen of Genesee, Luke Lane of Kamiah, Ryan Young of Lewiston, and Kyler Shumway of Prairie.
The Coach of the Year nominees include boys’ basketball coach Jason Boyd of Genesee, girls’ basketball coach Shawn Spencer of Lapwai, boys’ basketball coach Dave Cornelia of Lewiston, and football coach Travis Mader of Prairie. For Team of the Year, the nominees are Genesee boys’ basketball, Lapwai girls’ basketball, Lewiston boys’ basketball, and Prairie football.
While the major purpose of the Oct. 14 dinner is to announce the overall winners in each category, the event will also serve as an opportunity to recognize and congratulate each nominee individually.
Tickets for the banquet are $25 per person and can be purchased from the LCSC Athletic Ticket Office, located upstairs in the Activity Center. Tickets can also be purchased with a credit card by calling (208) 792-2471.
Major sponsors of the event include Lewis & Clark Orthopaedic Institute, Tyler & Kelly Motors, and Pepsi. For more information visit http://www.lcsc.edu/athletics/WAA/hs-awards.htm
Local nominee bios:
Female Athlete of the Year: Kaylee Uhlenkott, Prairie: For the third straight year she won the 1A state title in the shot put. She was also named Team Captain and Most Inspirational in volleyball, and team MVP in basketball.
Male Athlete of the Year: Kyler Shumway, Prairie: Claimed his second straight 1A state shot put title and earned the ranking of No. 12 in the nation. He ranks No. 1 in shot put in District I and II history. Besides track and field, he also was an all-state selection for both offense and defense in football.
Coach of the Year: Travis Mader, Prairie: His football team cruised to the 1A state title with a 12-0 record.
Team of the Year: Prairie football: After finishing 6-3 the past two seasons, Prairie cruised to a 12-0 record and the 1A state title.
Basketball team selling firewood
The Prairie boys basketball team is selling firewood as a team fundraiser.
They are selling white fir at $125 per cord cut and delivered.
If interested contact Kevin Chaffee at 962-3559, Teel Bruner at 962-5542 or Scot Schlader at 962-8699.
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
9-Genesee, there, won 55-6
20-Championship, ISU/BSU, TBA