Prairie boys basketball, Shumway receive top awards at WAA banquet
The 1-A state champion Prairie Boys Basketball team was honored as “Team of the Year” while Kyler Shumway was named “Male Athlete of the Year” at the Warrior Athletic Association high school awards banquet last Wednesday, Oct. 13.
Shumway was a finalist last year and the 3 time state champion shot putter and 2 time all-state football player received the top honor this year. He also set an area best mark for the shot put with a heave of 61’3”.
The basketball team won the school’s first boys state championship in 28 years, finished with a 25-1 record and were also named 1A-D1 academic champions.

Pirates clinch state berth with win at Lewis County
The Prairie football team got exposed a little on defense by the Lewis County Eagles but still held on to win their 24th straight White Pine League game 54-36 at Craigmont Friday, Oct. 15.Josh Roeper is about to make a block that will spring Brock Heath for a big gain. In the back is Beau Schlader.
The win clinches no worse than second place in the league and their third straight state playoff berth for the Pirates. The game at Troy on Oct. 29 will determine first and second place in the league.
The 36 points scored by the Eagles is the most scored against Prairie since the last game of the 2007 season.
Prairie opened the game by taking the opening kickoff and marching down to the 8 yard line on 10 straight running plays. Then they tried a pass and LC’s Chris Riggers intercepted it in the end zone.
5 plays later, the Eagles’ Sawyer Wahl got behind the Prairie defense for a 64 yard pass play that gave the Eagles a 0-6 lead.
Prairie responded though with a 4 play, 53 yard scoring driving that ended with Devin Schmidt going over from the 1 yard line. Schmidt added the 2-pointer to give Prairie an 8-6 lead.
Prairie got the ball right back when Justin Schmidt intercepted a Chris Riggers pass at the Lewis County 44 on the Eagles’ first play after the kickoff.
Prairie scored again in just 5 plays with Brock Heath going around right end and scoring from 20 yards out. The 2 point play that followed was quite an adventure as Heath fumbled the pitch from Beau Schlader and picked it up and lateraled the ball. A couple of laterals later Heath wound up with the ball again and was able to go in for the 2 points to make the score 16-6.
Prairie forced the Eagles to punt and took over at their own 40. A penalty set them back 5 yards but a 7 yard run by Schmidt and an 8 yard pass completion from Schlader to Cody Schumacher picked up 8 yards. Prairie made the first down by just an inch.
2 plays later Devin Schmidt burst up the middle and went 52 yards on the first play of the second quarter for another touchdown. Schlader passed to Seth Guyer for the 2 pointer to put Prairie in command 24-6.
Lewis County answered back with their own scoring drive of 51 yards on 9 plays to cut the lead to 24-12.
Prairie scored again with Seth Guyer making his first pass reception since being injured at Deary. He got wide open behind the LC defense, catching Schlader’s pass at the 15 and jogged into the end zone from there for a 35 yard touchdown. Heath ran in the 2-pointer to make it 32-12.
LC answered right back again as they went 65 yards in 6 plays to cut the lead to 32-20.
Prairie was stopped on their next possession with the team lining up to go for it on fourth and 6 from their own 30. Schlader wound up pooch punting the ball to the LC 47.
The Eagles tried to cut the lead down to 1 score but ran out of time in the half at the Prairie 23 yard line.
Tim Frei tackles a Lewis County ballcarrier as Josh Roeper looks on.Prairie made some defensive adjustments at halftime and were able to shut the Eagles down in the third quarter. They forced a punt on LC’s first possession and took over at their own 6. 5 running plays moved the ball out to the 40 and on the next play Devin Schmidt went around left end with Josh Roeper providing the block that sprung him for a 60 yard run. Schumacher ran in the 2-pointer to make it 40-20.
Prairie stopped LC again and took over at the LC 36 after the Eagles’ 4th down play came up 4 yards short. 
Prairie couldn’t do anything with the great field position though as they fumbled the ball back to the Eagles at the 31.
LC punted again with Prairie taking over at their 47. 2 plays later Schlader and Guyer connected again on a long touchdown pass. Guyer was wide open down the right sideline and went 48 yards for the scored. The 2-point try failed leaving Prairie with a 46-20 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Eagles moved down to the Prairie 17 on their next possession but Justin Schmidt made his second interception of the game to stop the threat. 
Prairie took over at their own 8 after a penalty on the interception return wiped out a lot of yardage.
Prairie was able to move the ball out to midfield before their drive stalled and Lewis County took over at their own 45.
The Eagles went 55 yards in 6 plays to cut the lead to 46-28 with 4:07 left to play.
Prairie answered back with a 7 play, 55 yard drive of their own. They were more interested in running out the clock by picking up first downs but Heath broke free on a run over the right side from the 15 and scored. Schumacher added the 2-pointer to make it 54-36 with just 41 seconds to play.
LC took over at their own 42 and quickly got another touchdown as they scored on the first play after the kickoff to cut the lead to 54-36.
Tim Frei recovered the onside kick try though and Prairie was able to run out the clock.
Devin Schmidt gained 306 yards rushing on 30 carries while Heath added 109 yards on 16 carries as Prairie rolled up 433 yards rushing on 54 attempts.
Schlader completed 6 of 11 passes with 1 interception for 123 yards. Devin Schmidt was 0 for 2 passing.
Guyer caught 2 passes for 83 yards and 2 touchdowns. Frei caught 3 passes for 32 yards and Schumacher caught 1 for 8 yards.
Prairie had 556 yards of total offense.
Lewis County rolled up 402 yards of offense with 238 coming by way of the pass. Chris Riggers was 8 for 14 with an interception for 203 yards with Jonathon Riggers completing 4 of 7 attempts with an interception for 25 yards. Mitch Wemhoff was 1 for 1 for 10 yards.
Jonathon Riggers gained 62 yards rushing on 10 attempts to lead the Eagles while Chris Riggers added 55 yards on 10 carries.
Defensively for the Pirates Justin Schmidt had 8½ tackles and 2 interceptions. Devin Schmidt also had 8½ tackles. Schlader and Frei had 5½ tackles each. Colton Nuxoll had 5 tackles and 3 sacks. Garrett Schmidt had 5 tackles. David Johnson had 4½ tackles and a sack and Roeper had 3 tackles and a sack.
Prairie improves to 6-0 on the season and in league play. This Friday night is their final home game of the season and is also senior night as they host Clearwater Valley at 7 p.m.
Prairie              16 16 14   8 -54
Lewis County    6 14   0 16 -36
L-Wahl 64 pass from C. Riggers (pass failed) 5:46 1st
P-D. Schmidt 1 run (D. Schmidt run) 4:57 1st
P-Heath 20 run (Heath run) 3:12 1st
P-D. Schmidt 52 run (Guyer pass from Schlader) 11:47 2nd
L-C. Riggers 5 pass from J. Riggers (pass failed) 7:24 2nd
P-Guyer 35 pass from Schlader (Heath run) 5:23 2nd
L-J. Riggers 8 pass from C. Riggers (Mizer pass from C. Riggers) 3:02 2nd
P-D. Schmidt 60 run (Schumacher run) 7:03 3rd
P-Guyer 48 pass from Schlader (pass failed) 0:50 3rd
L-Wahl 6 run (J. Riggers run) 4:07 4th
P-Heath 15 run (Schumacher run) 0:41 4th
L-Mizer 58 pass from C. Riggers (Wahl run) 0:20 4th
David Johnson takes a ride on a Lewis County runner before bringing him down. Also shown are Tim Frei and Devin Schmidt.
Devin Schmidt leaves a tackler in his wake as he breaks loose for a big gain.
There are no defenders in sight as Seth Guyer made this catch and easily scored a touchdown.

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., won 54-36
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

28-Troy, there
Changes are in italics

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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