pull away in second half to beat CV
An interception late in the first half helped the Prairie football team break open their game against Clearwater Valley as they went on to win 62-14 on Senior Night at Cottonwood Friday, Oct. 22.
Even though they’d probably tell you they weren’t they might have been looking past C.V. to the game that will essentially be the league championship game this Friday at Troy.
Prairie took the opening kickoff and moved down to the C.V. 22 where they turned the ball over on a fumble. The second game in a row their first possession ended in a turnover.
The Pirates were able to force C.V. to punt though and took over at their own 29. Four straight running plays netted 44 yards.
The Pirates then tried to pass but Beau Schlader was sacked for an 8 yard loss. They came right back with a pass on the next play with Schlader connecting with Justin Schmidt for 18 yards. He was just short of the first down but Devin Schmidt picked up the first down and more on the next play as he ran a sweep around right end all the way to the end zone for a 17 yard score. The 2-point try was stopped leaving Prairie with a 6-0 lead.
C.V.’s next possession ended with a turnover as the quarterback missed connection on a pitchout to his running back and Josh Roeper recovered the fumble at the Prairie 49.
Seth Guyer went in at quarterback for this series and ran the option. After a short gain on a pitch to Devin Schmidt, Guyer picked up 11 yards after faking to Schmidt and carrying himself on the next play.
With a first down at the 38, Guyer ran the same play and took the ball to the end zone. The 2-pointer again came up short as Prairie led 12-0.
The defense stopped the Rams again, taking over on downs at their own 31. With Schlader back in at quarterback Prairie covered the 69 yards in 8 plays. The only play that went for more than 9 yards was a 21 yard sweep by Devin Schmidt. Schlader wound up scoring on a sneak from the 1 yard line. Devin Schmidt ran in the 2-pointer from Prairie’s version of the Wildcat.
On C.V.’s next possession they were able to burn Prairie’s pass defense for a couple of huge gains including a 41 yarder for a touchdown. The Rams added the 2-pointer to cut Prairie’s lead to 20-8.
A penalty for an illegal block helped stall Prairie’s next possession and they turned the ball over to C.V. at the Prairie 47 yard line.
On fourth down and 7, the Rams again burned the Pirates pass defense for a 44 yard touchdown. Justin Schmidt intercepted the 2-point pass leaving the score at 20-14.
Prairie pulled back to a 2-score lead on their next possession as Schlader connected with Justin Schmidt at about the 15 yard line. Schmidt broke free from the attempted tackle and raced into the end zone for a 25-yard scoring play. Devin Schmidt again ran in the 2-pointer from the Wildcat to make it 28-14.
C.V. got some help from a couple of Pirate penalties to keep a drive going and had a first and goal at the Prairie 10 yard line.
Justin Schmidt almost intercepted the first down pass and then did intercept the second down pass about 2 yards deep in the end zone on the visitor’s side of the field. He brought it out and raced down the sideline and appeared headed for a 102 yard touchdown but got pushed out of bounds at the 1. That has to be one of the longest plays in Prairie history and it wasn’t even a touchdown.
Brock Heath ran the ball in for the score on the next play and Devin Schmidt added the 2-pointer to turn what could’ve been just a 1 touchdown halftime lead into a 3-touchdown, 36-14 lead.
Prairie executed a successful onside kick with Justin Schmidt recovering at the C.V. 45 but time ran out on the play.
C.V. took the second half kickoff at their own 44 but couldn’t move the ball, turning it over on downs to Prairie at the 49.
After an incomplete pass, Heath ran a sweep to the left and behind a picket fence of blockers, went 49 yards for the score. Devin Schmidt again added the 2-pointer to make it 44-14.
C.V. went back to the pass on their next possession and got a 27 yard completion to the Prairie 36 but Devin Schmidt intercepted on the next play in the end zone for a touchback.
For the first time in the game on a play other than a 2-pointer, Prairie put Devin Schmidt in the Wildcat. He takes a deep snap and can quickly look for the hole in the line. He took the ball over the left side for a 32 yard gain.
After a 6 yard run by Cody Schumacher and a 9 yard run by Heath, Prairie was on the C.V. 33.
On the next play Devin Schmidt ran an option pass where he was supposed to throw down the right side to Schlader but instead connected with a wide open Justin Schmidt over the middle for a touchdown.
The 2-point try failed leaving Prairie with a 50-14 lead.
On C.V.’s next series the Rams were faced with a fourth and 6 from their own 28 and tried a fake punt. Devin Schmidt tackled the punter for a 2 yard loss giving Prairie the ball at the 26.
Two plays later Schlader connected with Justin Schmidt for a 23 yard touchdown pass. The 2-point try failed making it 56-14.
C.V. gave the ball right back 2 plays later when they tried a double reverse and left the ball sitting on the field with Tim Frei recovering at the 20.
3 running plays moved the ball down to the 7 yard line where senior Ryan Dalgliesh was given a chance to score and made the most of it on a 7 yard run over the left side. That touchdown ended the game on the 45-point mercy rule with 4:04 left in the third quarter.
What was nearly a 1-touchdown lead with seconds left in the half had been turned into a 48 point blowout in the matter of just 8 minutes of play.
Devin Schmidt wound up with 158 yards rushing on 13 carries and now has 1,599 on the season. Heath gained 121 yards on 13 carries and has 702 yards on the season. Guyer added 49 yards on 2 carries while Schumacher had 18 yards on 3 carries. Prairie had 362 yards rushing on 38 attempts.
Schlader was 4 for 7 passing for 71 yards while Devin Schmidt was 1 for 1 for 33 yards.
Justin Schmidt had 4 catches for 99 yards and Heath had 1 catch for 5 yards.
C.V. was held to just 6 yards rushing on 20 attempts but gained 214 yards passing. Their passers were 14 for 29 with 2 interceptions.
Defensively Garrett Schmidt led in tackles with 10½ while Devin Schmidt had 8½ tackles and 1 interception. Justin Schmidt had 5½ tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception. David Johnson had 2 tackles plus 1½ sacks. Schlader had 2 tackles. Frei had 1 tackle and 1 fumble recovery. Roeper had 1½ tackles, ½ a sack and 1 fumble recovery.
Prairie improves to 7-0 on the season and in league play and will take on fellow unbeaten Troy, also 7-0, this Friday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at Troy. The winner of that game will be the White Pine League champion and will take on the league’s third place team in the first round of the state playoffs while the loser will likely have to travel to Wallace.
Going into the final week of the season there is a 3-way tie, with 3 losses apiece, between Kendrick, Potlatch and Genesee for the third place spot. If they wind up in a 3-way tie they will hold a 3-way Kansas tiebreaker on Monday, Nov. 1. They will have a draw for a bye team who will play the winner between the other 2. If there’s a 2-way tie, Genesee has the tiebreaker against Potlatch; Kendrick has the tiebreaker against Genesee and Potlatch has the tiebreaker against Kendrick by virtue of head-to-head competition.
C.V. 0 14 0 -14
Prairie 12 24 26 -62
P-D. Schmidt 17 run (run failed) 6:15 1st
P-Guyer 38 run (pass failed) 3:58 1st
P-Schlader 1 run (D. Schmidt run) 10:41 2nd
C-Heavy Runner 41 pass from Shira (Owens pass from Shira) 9:26 2nd
C-Heavy Runner 44 pass from Shira (pass failed) 4:43 2nd
P-J. Schmidt 25 pass from Schlader (D. Schmidt run) 2:36 2nd
P-Heath 1 run (D. Schmidt run) 0:01.4 2nd
P-Heath 49 run (D. Schmidt run) 10:45 3rd
P-J. Schmidt 33 pass from D. Schmidt (run failed) 8:38 3rd
P-J. Schmidt 23 pass from Schlader (run failed) 5:41 3rd
P-R. Dalgliesh 7 run (no try, game over) 4:04 3rd
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PIRATES BOYS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2010
10-Deary, there, won 64-22
17-Potlatch, there, won 48-20
7-Lapwai, here, Homecoming, won 52-6
15-Lewis County, at Craigmont, 3 p.m., won 54-36
22-C.V., here, won 62-14
12 or 13-Kibbie Dome, TBA
19 or 20-Championship, TBA
MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL
18-Sts. Peter & Paul, here