Schlader tosses 5 TD passes at Potlatch
The Prairie football team scored all 5 times they had the ball in the first half as they rolled to a 48-20 win at Potlatch Friday, Sept. 17.
The Loggers made a concerted effort to stop Prairie’s Devin Schmidt and did hold him to about half the yardage output of the first two games, but Prairie overcame that by going to the passing game. Schmidt gained 113 yards on 17 carries after a pair of 200+ yardage games but Beau Schlader connected on 10 of 13 passes for 222 yards and 5 touchdowns.Justin Schmidt was wide open as he catches this pass for the game’s first touchdown.
Schlader was for 6 for 8 passing in the first half with 5 of those completions going for touchdowns.
Potlatch got the ball first but turned the ball over on downs at their own 46.
Three running plays netted 12 yards and a first down then Schlader dropped back for his first pass and found Justin Schmidt wide open behind the defense for a 34 yard scoring play. Schlader passed to Cody Schumacher for the 2-pointer to make it 8-0.
Potlatch was able to move the ball on their second possession as they picked up a pair of first downs and moved down to the Prairie 37. At that point ballcarrier Joey Lowrey got the ball knocked loose and Schlader recovered for the Pirates.
Prairie moved the ball well on the ground with Schumacher having a 10 yard gain and Brock Heath an 11 yard gain as Potlatch keyed on Devin Schmidt.
At the Logger 24 Schlader tried another pass to Justin Schmidt but it was intercepted. Prairie kept the ball though as Potlatch was penalized for roughing the quarterback. 3 plays later Schlader connected with Schumacher in the end zone for a touchdown. Devin Schmidt ran in the 2-pointer to make it 16-0 with 25 seconds left in the first quarter.
Potlatch’s next possession was short-lived as Justin Schmidt intercepted C.J. Keasal’s fourth down pass at the Potlatch 38.
Four running plays moved the ball to the 19 then Schlader connected on a screen pass to the left to Devin Schmidt, who with some space to run took the ball down the sidelines for a touchdown. The 2-point try failed but Prairie led 22-0.
On Potlatch’s next possession a couple of penalties against Prairie and a fourth down pass completion got the Loggers going. Next came a big pass completion to the tight end for 28 yards to the 1 yard line. Potlatch scored 2 plays later and added the 2-pointer to cut the lead to 22-8 with 4:42 left in the half.
It didn’t take Prairie long to answer back though as Schlader connected with Justin Schmidt on the second play after the kickoff for a 68 yard touchdown pass. Schmidt was double covered and had to come back for the underthrown ball. He made the catch at about the Potlatch 40 and was able to elude both defenders and break loose for the score. The 2-point try failed as Prairie extended their lead to 28-8 with 3:32 left in the half.
Prairie wasn’t done scoring in the half though as the defense forced a punt from the Loggers.
The Pirates took over at the 50. A 20 yard screen pass to Devin Schmidt moved the ball down to the 30. Schmidt then was able to break loose for a 15 yard run that put the Pirates on the 13.
Schlader was sacked on the next play for a 10 yard loss but came right back with a quick pass out to Justin Schmidt who took the ball down the sidelines for his third touchdown of the game from 23 yards out. Justin then made a great catch on the 2-point try to make it 36-8 with just 30 seconds left in the half.
Beau Schlader throws for one of his 5 TD passes in the first half at Potlatch.Prairie received the second half kickoff and moved into Logger territory but a fumble that resulted in a 10 yard loss forced the Pirates to turn the ball over on downs at the Logger 34.
Potlatch was able to pick up a first down but Tim Frei broke through to sack Keasal for a 7 yard loss and that led to a punt.
Prairie took over at their own 15 and executed an 11-play drive with 9 of the plays being runs to eat up the rest of the third quarter and score with 1 second left on the clock. Heath carried the ball 5 times on the drive gaining 37 yards including the final yard for the touchdown. The 2-point try failed as Prairie led 42-8.
Potlatch finally dented the scoreboard again as running back Stephen Brent broke through on the right side of the line on a counter play that had the Pirates defense all going the other way. Brent went 57 yards for a score to cut the lead to 42-14 at the 2-point try failed.
Prairie answered that score though with a 9-play 80 yard scoring drive that featured 8 runs. Devin Schmidt had a 20 yard run on the drive but Heath again got the bulk of the carries with 5 carries for 37 yards. Garrett Schmidt got the touchdown on a 7 yard fullback dive up the middle to make it 48-14 as the 2-point try failed.
Prairie started subbing in players on defense and Potlatch was able to cash in another touchdown on a trick play. Lowrey took a pitch from Keasal and headed for left end then pulled up and threw downfield to Travis Garcia for a 58 yard scoring play that made it 48-20 with 5:58 to play.
Prairie’s second unit was able to run much of the remaining clock off as Levi Lustig picked up 12 yards on a pair of runs for a first down. A penalty get Prairie from picking up another first down as they turned the ball over on downs at their 46.
Potlatch got a 21 yard gain from Lowrey to move down to the 19 but 3 plays later Marcus Higgins came up with an interception to end the scoring threat and the game.
Prairie rolled up 249 yards rushing in the game on 50 attempts as Heath gained 88 yards on 16 carries in addition to Schmidt’s total. Schumacher added 25 yards on 7 carries and Lustig had 21 yards on 4 carries. 
Justin Schmidt caught 7 passes for 174 yards and 3 touchdowns. Devin Schmidt had 2 catches for 39 yards and a touchdown and Schumacher had 1 catch for 9 yards and a touchdown.
Prairie totaled 471 yards of offense.
Potlatch had 104 yards rushing on 37 attempts and were 4 for 14 passing with 2 interceptions for 107 yards. Thanks to 2 long runs in the fourth quarter Lowrey wound up with 111 yards rushing on 14 carries.
Devin Schmidt had 13½ tackles plus a sack to lead the defense. Garrett Schmidt had 6 tackles while Justin Schmidt had 6 tackles and an interception. Frei had 4½ tackles plus a sack. Colton Nuxoll had 4 tackles plus a sack. Schlader had 3 tackles and a fumble recovery. Josh Roeper had 2½ tackles and David Johnson had 2 tackles. Higgins had an interception.
With the win Prairie improves to 3-0 on the season and in league play as they head into an off week. Their next game will be Friday, Oct. 1 at Kendrick. Timberline, which has a JV only program this year will be in Cottonwood for a JV game Thursday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m.
Prairie      16 20 6   6 -48
Potlatch     0   8 0 12 -20
Pr.-J. Schmidt 34 pass from Schlader. (J. Schmidt pass from Schlader) 8:55 1st
Pr.-Schumacher 9 pass from Schlader (D. Schmidt run) 0:25 1st
Pr.-D. Schmidt 19 pass from Schlader (pass failed) 8:55 2nd
Po.-Keasal  run (Garcia pass from Keasal) 4:42 2nd
Pr.-J. Schmidt 68 pass from Schlader (run failed) 3:32 2nd
Pr.-J. Schmidt 23 pass from Schlader (J. Schmidt pass from Schlader) 0:30 2nd
Pr.-Heath 1 run (pass failed) 0:01 3rd
Po.-Lowrey 57 run (pass failed) 11:49 4th
Pr.-G. Schmidt 7 run (run failed) 7:21 4th
Po.-Garcia 58 pass from Lowrey (run failed) 5:58 4th
Cody Schumacher catches a touchdown pass at Potlatch.
Josh Roeper and Colton Nuxoll seal off the Potlatch defenders as Devin Schmidt carries the ball.

All games  at 7 p.m.  Unless indicated.
  3-Genesee, here, won 46-20
10-Deary, there, won 64-22
17-Potlatch, there, won 48-20
  1-Kendrick, there
  7-Lapwai, here, Homecoming, date changed, will following a 2-quarter JV game
15-Lewis County, at Craigmont, 3 p.m.
22-C.V., here
29-Troy, there
NOVEMBER (State games)
  5 or 6-Kibbie Dome, TBA
12 or 13-Kibbie Dome, TBA
19 or 20-Championship, TBA
Games start at 6 p.m. unless indicated
23-Timberline, here
  7-Lapwai, here
12-Lewis County, here
21-C.V., here
28-Troy, there
Changes are in italics

Sept. 23-Lewis County, here, 4 p.m.
Sept. 30-at C.V., 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 7-Timberline, here, 4 p.m.
Oct. 14-Laway, there, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 21-Lewis County, at Nezperce, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 28-Troy, there 5 p.m.

Games start at 4 p.m. unless indicated
9-Asotin, there, 4:30 p.m.
11-Highland, here
16-Nezperce, there
18-Sts. Peter & Paul, here
23-Timberline, here
30-C.V., there
2-Grangeville, here
7-Kamiah, there
9-Orofino, here
14-Summit, there
16-Lapwai, here

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