Pirates win big at Homecoming
The Prairie football team had their first mercy rule win of the season as they clobbered Lapwai 52-6 in their Homecoming game at Cottonwood Thursday, October 7.
Much of the game was played in conditions only a duck could love with torrential rains along with lightning and thunder off in the distance. Earlier in the day the game being played was in doubt with tornado warnings in the area and reports of funnel clouds in the Greencreek and Ferdinand areas.Josh Roeper closes in on the Lapwai quarterback.
The game went as you would expect between an undefeated and winless team. Prairie received the opening kickoff with Brock Heath returning the ball to the Prairie 45. Prairie took just 6 plays to go 55 yards for their first score with Devin Schmidt going the final 24 yards for the touchdown. Beau Schlader passed to Justin Schmidt for the 2-pointer to make it 8-0 less than 3 minutes into the game.
Lapwai was forced to punt and Prairie again took over at their own 45.
Schlader was sacked for a 9 yard loss on the first play but Heath went 36 yards on a sweep around left end on the next play. Cody Schumacher then went up the middle for 23 yards to set up first and goal at the 5.
A penalty set the Pirates back to the 10 but on third down from the 8 Heath went around left end and appeared to score. The referees said he came up short and place the ball a foot from the goal line. Schumacher went in for the score on the next play. The 2-point try failed, making it 14-0.
Lapwai was again forced to punt with Devin Schmidt returning the ball 22 yards to the Lapwai 48. On the next play he went around left end and broke free for his second touchdown of the game. Schlader again passed to Justin Schmidt for the 2-pointer to make it 22-0.
Lapwai turned the ball over on downs on their next possession as Prairie took over at the Lapwai 47.
Prairie needed just 2 plays to score on the only 2 passes thrown for the game by Schlader that werenít on 2-point tries. He connected with Justin Schmidt for 31 yards down the left side then connected with Tim Frei for 16 yards and the touchdown down the right side.
Schlader ran around left end for the 2-pointer to make it 30-0 just 7 seconds into the second quarter.
Lapwai again turned the ball over on downs, this time at midfield.
Prairie scored again after just 6 plays. Heath made the scoring run as he went around left end, ran into a Lapwai defender at about the 10 but bounced off and cut back inside for the score. Senior lineman Colton Nuxoll was supposed to get the carry on the 2-point try but the exchange didnít happen with Schlader and Schlader wound up going in for the 2-pointer to make it 38-0.
Tim Frei and David Johnson take down a Lapwai ballcarrier. Closing in from behind is Cody Schumacher.Lapwai got their initial first down of the game on their next possession as quarterback Ronnie Johnson found a wide open middle of the field on a draw play and went 58 yards down to the 3 where Heath knocked him out of bounds.
Lapwai looked set to score but Johnson fumbled the ball away at the 2 with Garrett Schmidt making the recovery at the 4.
Prairie gave Lapwai the ball right back on a fumble 3 plays later as backup quarterback Marcus Higgins slipped on the wet grass as he was trying to make a handoff.
Lapwai took over at the Prairie 18 and scored 5 plays later. Their 2-point try failed, making it 38-6.
Prairie took over at their 46 after the onside kick try.
Devin Schmidt went 24 yards on the first play and Heath went 27 on the next play. A high snap to Schlader in the shotgun formation resulted in another Prairie turnover as Lapwai took over at their 12.
Johnson fumbled the ball right back on the next play and it rolled into the end zone where Nuxoll recovered for a touchdown. The 2-point try failed leaving Prairie with a 44-6 lead with just 25 seconds left in the half.
Lapwai took over at their own 40 after the kickoff and Johnson completed a perfect pass deep downfield to Ty Hillman for what appeared to be a 60 yard scoring play. A holding penalty brought the touchdown back though and the half ended after the next play.
The rain had slacked off late in the second quarter and stopped during the halftime ceremonies where Shelby Duman and Beau Schlader were crowned as Homecoming Queen and King. The Senior float won the float contest and the Senior class also had the most Spirit Points during Homecoming Week.
As soon as the third quarter started the rain came back and was soon coming down harder than it had all evening.
Lapwai received the kickoff but went nowhere and had to punt. Prairie took over on their own 28. Devin Schmidt went 22 yards on the first play, Heath 14 on the next and Schumacher 6 on the third play. Devin Schmidt then ran a sweep around left end and broke free for the touchdown at the 8:44 mark of the quarter. Heath ran in the 2-pointer to end the game on the 45 point mercy rule with most everyone in attendance glad to see the game end so they could get out of the miserable weather.
Devin Schmidt wound up with 178 yards on 8 carries, putting him over the 1000 mark for the season at 1,135 yards. Heath added 124 yards on 9 carries while Schumacher gained 37 yards on 4 carries as Prairie rolled up 341 yards rushing on 29 attempts.
Schlader was 2 for 2 passing for 47 yards with Justin Schmidt catching 1 pass for 31 yards and Frei 1 for 16.
Lapwai was held to just 2 first downs and 86 total yards. They had 79 yards rushing on 18 attempts led by Johnson who had 62 yards on 7 attempts, 58 of them on 1 carries. Johnson was 1 for 10 passing for just 7 yards.
Devin Schmidt led the defense with 7 tackles with Frei having 3½ tackles plus a sack and Nuxoll 3½ tackles plus a fumble recovery. Garrett Schmidt had 3 tackles and a fumble recovery. David Johnson had 2 tackles and Heath had 1½ tackles. Seth Guyer, in his first action since an injury in the Deary game had 1 tackles as did Ryan Dalgliesh, Justin Schmidt and Josh Roeper.
With the win the Pirates improve to 5-0 on the season and in league play. They have been ranked #1 in the state the past 2 weeks and for the third time this season. Their next game will be against Lewis County at Craigmont Friday, October 15. The game will be at 3 p.m. Highland was unable to get their new lights installed in time for the game.
Lapwai     0   6 0 -  6
Prairie    22 22 8 -52
P-D. Schmidt 24 run (J. Schmidt pass from Schlader) 9:22 1st
P-Schumacher 1 run (run failed) 4:13 2nd
P-D. Schmidt 48 run (J. Schmidt pass from Schlader) 2:26 1st
P-Frei 16 pass from Schlader (Schlader run) 11:53 2nd
P-Heath 23 run (Schlader run) 6:46 2nd
L-Hillman 2 run (run failed) 1:10 2nd
P-Nuxoll fumble recovery in end zone (pass failed) 0:25 2nd
P-D. Schmidt 30 run (Heath run) 8:44 third, game over
Garrett Schmidt carries the ball as Tim Frei, left, makes a block for him. Behind Schmidt is Colton Nuxoll.
Brock Heath got outside on a sweep to the left. In the background is Beau Schlader.
Colton Nuxoll is about to pick up a Lapwai fumble in the end zone for his first varsity touchdown. At right is Josh Roeper.
Devin Schmidt runs the ball early in the second half. To his right is Tim Frei.

Cody Schumacher goes over the goal line for Prairie's second touchdown of the game. Other Pirates from left are Tim Frei, Colton Nuxoll, Josh Roeper and Justin Schmidt.
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, won 64-20
  7-Lapwai, here, Homecoming, won 52-6
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

18-C.V., here, date changed
28-Troy, there
Changes are in italics

Oct. 14-Lapwai, 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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