clinch state berth
With a 48-0 win at Deary last Friday, Oct. 23, the Prairie football team clinched their second straight White Pine League championship and the #1 seed from the league into the State tournament.
The win was also their 20th straight.
The Pirates scored the first 7 times they had the ball with the only time they didn’t score being the last possession of the game when the clock ran out on them.
Prairie took a short opening kickoff with Branden Waller returning the kick 9 yards to the Prairie 45.
After a rare incomplete pass on first down Prairie ran the ball three straight times. The third run was a 45 yard touchdown run by Waller who burst through the middle. Devin Schmidt added the 2-pointer to make it 8-0 just over a minute into the game.
On Deary’s first play from scrimmage Derek Schaeffer sacked quarterback Kevin Cannon for a 12 yard loss. That led to a Deary punt with David Sigler returning the kick 32 yards to the Deary 24.
On the next play Kyle Holthaus passed deep over the middle to Sigler who caught the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. The conversion try failed leaving Prairie with a 14-0 lead.
On Deary’s next possession the Mustangs looked to pick up some yardage with an option keeper by Cannon but he faked the handoff to his fullback so well it faked out the official who blew the play dead before it was really over. They still picked up their initial first down on the next play but on the following play when Cannon did hand off to the fullback, there was a fumble and Waller recovered for Prairie at the Deary 45.
An 8 yard pass to Conner Rieman and a run each by Tyrell Langston and Waller moved the ball down to the 26. Langston then ran a sweep around left end and went all the way for Prairie’s third touchdown. Holthaus passed to Sigler for the extra point to make it 22-0.
Deary then had another fumble as they fumbled on the kickoff return with kicker Andrew Gabica making the recovery at the Mustang 25.
On their second play Waller went over the right side for a 23 yard gain to the 2 yard line. Deary’s defender was called for a horse collar tackle on the play as he used the back of Waller’s collar on his uniform to make the tackle. That moved the ball to the 1. Waller then went up the middle for the touchdown. The conversion try failed putting Prairie up 28-0.
On Deary’s next possession the Mustangs faced a fourth and 3 and went for it. Brandon Eggers moved to the quarterback position and was sacked for a 9 yard loss by Langston giving Prairie the ball again at the Mustang 32.
Waller went over the right side on the next play and weaved his way past the downfield blocks made by Schmidt, Sigler and Rieman for another Prairie touchdown. The 2-point try again failed leaving Prairie with a 34-0 lead with 2:35 still left in the first quarter.
On their next possession Deary managed to pick up another first down but 2 plays after that they fumbled the ball away again with Rieman recovering at the Deary 28.
After a broken play set the Pirates back 4 yards, Schmidt went around right end for a 20 yard gain to the 12 yard line.
On the next play Sigler took the handoff on an end around and weaved his way through the defense for another touchdown as the first quarter expired. Waller’s 2-point run made the score 42-0.
Deary picked up another first down on their next possession despite getting another early whistle from an official when they again faked him out as to who had the ball.
On the first down the Mustangs finally crossed into Prairie’s side of the field at the 48 but then went backwards.
Gabica tackled Eggers for a 5 yard loss and Deary lost another yard on the next play. They got 5 yards back on third down to set up fourth and 11 at the Prairie 49.
Eggers went back to pass but Kyler Shumway burst through for the sack and a 7 yard loss as Prairie took over at the Mustang 44.
The backup offense came onto the field and ran the ball 7 straight times, picking up 19 yards and a first down along the way as they moved to the 25.
Troy Lorentz then tossed a short pass to Justin Schmidt out on the right side. Schmidt then went 25 yards down the right sideline for another Prairie touchdown for Lorentz’ first varsity TD pass. The 2-point try failed leaving Prairie with a 48-0 lead.
Deary again went for it on fourth down on their next possession and finally got a pass attempt off but the receiver dropped the ball and Prairie took over at the Mustang 28.
Prairie ran the ball 4 straight times, picking up 12 yards, to run out the clock and end the game at halftime on the 45-point mercy rule.
Waller wound up with 108 yards rushing on just 5 attempts. It was the first time all season Prairie has had a 100 yard rusher in a game. Langston added 33 yards on 4 carries, Devin Schmidt 32 on 2 caries and Justin Schmidt 18 yards on 5 carries. Prairie racked up 212 yards rushing on 24 attempts.
Holthaus completed 2 of 4 pass attempts for 32 yards and a touchdown while Lorentz was 1 for 1 for 25 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively Prairie held Deary to just 24 total yards. Out of 26 rushing attempts Deary was stopped for a loss on 9 of them.
They had just 1 pass attempt and it was an incompletion.
Waller had 6 tackles and a fumble recovery while Devin Schmidt also had 6 tackles.
Sigler had 4½ tackles and Rieman had 3½ tackles and a fumble recovery. Gabica had 2½ tackles and a fumble recovery. Schaeffer had 2 tackles plus a sack and Langston and Shumway each had 1 tackle plus a sack.
With the win Prairie improves to 8-0 in both league play and overall. Their next game will be senior night at home against Kendrick Friday, Oct. 30. Their first state game will be on Nov. 6 at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow against Raft River High School of Malta at either 7 or 8 p.m. Time was still to be determined.
Prairie 42 6 -48
Deary 0 0 - 0
P-Waller 45 run (D. Schmidt run) 10:53 1st
P-Sigler 24 pass from Holthaus (run failed) 8:26 1st
P-Langston 26 run (Sigler pass from Holthaus) 5:09 1st
P-Waller 1 run (pass failed) 4:46 1st
P-Waller 32 run (run failed) 2:35 1st
P-Sigler 12 run (Waller run) 0:00 1st
P-J. Schmidt 25 pass from Lorentz (pass failed) 4:08 2nd
Boys basketball meeting set
There will be a boys basketball meeting this Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Prairie Middle School cafeteria.
All parents and players are urged to attend.
Night shoot week 2 results
Week 2 of the Cottonwood Gun Club Night Shoot produced some very good scores and good attitudes as the targets were busting all evening long. We had a few straight 25's Wednesday night....Dan Thompson of Nezperce Construction with (3) 25's, Cliff Kinzer of Winchester Gun Club with a pair of 25's, Gordon Harman of Harman Agency, Howard Jordan of Camas Gravel, and Brett Arnzen also of Winchester Gun Club.
Mother Nature cooperated well with the exception of a few drops just to show us what she is capable of.
Leading this week in score is Winchester Gun Club with a 423, 3 Ol' Farts & 2 Pups with a 419 and Nezperce Construction with a 415. Good Job to all the shooters!
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
16-Troy, here, won 48-0
23-Deary, there, won 48-0
13-Kibbie Dome, TBA
20-Championship, ISU/BSU, TBA, location depends on finals matchup - if southeastern versus northern or southwestern-in Pocatello, if southwestern vs northern, in Boise.