Pirates come back to win home opener
The Prairie football team trailed 0-6 at halftime but came back to win 14-6 over Deary in their home opener Friday, Sept. 9 at Cottonwood.Levi Lustig runs a sweep with Cody Schumacher providing the blocking.
Prairie mustered almost nothing on offense in the first half as they picked up only a couple of first downs and had just 39 total yards in the first half.
Deary meanwhile moved the ball well on 3 of their 4 first half possessions.
The Mustangs took the opening kickoff and quickly moved the ball into Pirate territory. Nathan Seubert picked up huge yardage over the left side but Troy Lorentz was able to knock the ball loose and Tim Frei recovered at the Prairie 12 yard line.
Prairie was forced to punt with Deary taking over at the Prairie 45. The Mustangs were able to complete the drive this time and scored on the last play of the first quarter to take a 0-6 lead. Prairie stuffed the 2-point try.
On Prairieís second play after the kickoff a running play out of shotgun formation got botched with the Pirates fumbling the ball away and starting quarterback Marcus Higgins getting injured and having to leave the game. He suffered a broken finger and is out for at least the next 5 weeks.
The defense rose up and stuffed Deary forcing them to turn the ball over on downs at the Prairie 29.
Lorentz moved from tailback to quarterback and seemed to spark the offense somewhat as Prairie picked up a pair of first downs and moved the ball to the Deary 40 before trying the same play that Higgins got hurt on. Prairie was able to recover the fumble this time but a holding penalty on the play set them back and they were forced to punt.
Deary moved into Pirate territory but Prairie forced them to turn the ball over on downs at the Prairie 32 and then ran out the clock.
After a touchback on the second half kickoff Prairie moved the ball well from their own 20 out to midfield as Damian McWilliams had a 13 yard run and Levin Lustig had gains of 7 and 6 yards.
The drive stalled at midfield and Deary took over at the Prairie 49.
A holding penalty set the Mustangs back and Prairie was able to force a punt.
Lorentz took the punt at the Prairie 28 and ran it back 24 yards to the Deary 48 yard line.
Tim Frei, who had a great game on defense, tackles a Deary ballcarrier after Dakota Wilson, #6 at right, slows him down by grabbing onto his jersey.Runs of 5 yards by Lustig and 7 yards by Garrett Schmidt gave Prairie a first down. Lustig then took a pitch around right end for 16 yards to the Deary 20.
Schmidt and Lustig each picked up 2 yards to set up third and 6. Lorentz then kept the ball and took off around right end for 7 yards to set up first and goal at the 9.
Lustig burst up the middle on the next play and nearly scored as the ball was placed just a foot away from the goal line. Lorentz ran a quarterback sneak on the next play to tie the game at 6-6.Lustig then ran in the 2-point conversion to give Prairie the lead with 2:59 left in the third quarter.
After having a lot of success running the ball in the game, Deary decided to got to the pass on their next possession. It cost them as Frei intercepted on their third pass attempt at the Prairie 47 yard line.
Runs of 3 yards by Lustig and 4 by McWilliams set up a third and 3. A holding penalty on the next play set the Pirates back but McWilliams picked up 8 on the next play as he started around right end then cut back inside the block to set up 4th and 5. Lorentz took the snap, faked a handoff and took off on a bootleg around left end for 8 yards and a first down at the Deary 40.
Schmidt and Lustig each picked up 5 yards for another first down. Schmidt then went over the left side for 11 yards to the Deary 19.
Lustig set up a first and goal at the 7 with an 8 yard run around right end on a third and 6 play.
On the next play Schmidt burst through the middle for a touchdown to put Prairie up 14-6. Lorentz went in untouched on the 2-point try but a penalty forced the Pirates to do it again and they came up short.
Prairie then pinned Deary deep as Cody Schumacherís kickoff went to the Deary 13 and a blocking penalty erased a 10 yard return.  A facemask penalty against the Pirates gave the Mustangs a first down but successive tackles for loss on running plays forced the Mustangs to turn the ball over on downs. Frei tackled Seubert for a 1 yard loss on third and inches and then Schmidt and Josh Roeper broke through the line to tackle Seubert for a 3 yard loss on fourth down.
Prairie picked up a first down but a fumble gave Deary the ball back on their own 24.
The Mustangs picked up a first down at their 41 but on the next play Prairieís defense got a great pass rush on quarterback Clayton Beyer who threw the ball away as Schmidt tackled him. An intentional grounding penalty, which includes loss of down, was called and Deary was unable to pick up another first down.
Prairie then ran out the clock for their first win of the season.
Prairie picked up 157 of their 196 total yards in the second half. Lustig gained 74 yards on 16 carries with Schmidt adding 43 yards on 8 carries, McWilliams 42 yards on 8 carries and Lorentz 32 yards on 11 carries. Prairie had 196 yards rushing on 45 attempts.
Lorentz and Higgins were each 0 for 1 passing.
Deary had 182 total yards but just 49 in the second half. Kale Jones had 74 yards on 19 carries while Seubert had 59 yards on 13 carries.
Beyer was 4 for 14 passing with 1 interception for 41 yards.
Frei had a hug game defensively with 10 tackles, 1 interception and 1 fumble recovery. Schmidt also had 10 tackles with a sack. McCoy Hale had 7 tackles and a sack and Roeper and Dakota Wilson had 7 tackles each. Lorentz had 5 tackles including a forced fumble. Kade Perrin had 3½ tackles, Torin Dalgliesh 2 tackles, Schumacher 1½ tackles and Devon Watton 1 tackle.
With the win Prairie improves to 1-1 on the season and in league play. 
Their next game is this Friday against Potlatch at Cottonwood.
Deary  6 0 0 0 -  6
Prairie 0 0 8 6 -14
D-Jones 9 run (run failed) 0:00 1st
P-Lorentz 1 run (Lustig run) 2:59 3rd
P-Schmidt 7 run (run failed) 8:45 4th
Garrett Schmidt evades a tackler as Levi Lustig provides a block.
Tailback Levi Lustig bursts through a hole created by Prairie blockers. Blocking at right is Josh Zigler.

Golf Scramble held
The Prairie Booster Club held its eighth annual golf scramble at the Grangeville Golf and County Club on Saturday September 10th. There were many different events being held, so attendance was down from previous years, but those teams that did come out in support of the Booster Club seemed to have a very good time. Five teams participated this year: Taking first place at the Prairie Booster Club Golf Scramble was the team of, from left, Bryan and Becky Higgins and Lynn and Greg Danly. Photo provided by Chris Kaschmitter.
Joe & Renee Forsmann and Roy and Denise Uhlenkott
Bryan and Becky Higgins and Greg and Lynn Danly, Cottonwood
Jim and Sally Rehder, Bill Farmer, and Lynn Guyer, Cottonwood
Ryan, Faith and Noel Uhlenkott and Chris Lamont, Cottonwood
Al and Cheryl Bolden from White Bird and Jeremy Pettinger, Grangeville
After the dust settled and scores added, there was tie for first place between Bryan Higginsís Team and Al Boldenís team.
Third place team was Snow White and the 3 Dwarfs, aka Jim and Sally Rehder, Lynn Guyer, and Bill Farmer.
The 3rd place team generously donated their winnings back to the Booster club; Cheryl Bolden and Jeremy Pettinger also donated their winnings back from the womanís longest putt, and the menís longest drive awards. Thank you so much!
All proceeds from this yearís Golf Scramble went to the motorized American Flag the Booster Club is purchasing to be hung in the Jr High/High School gymnasium this fall.
If anyone is interested in purchasing raffle tickets, please contact Chris Kaschmitter or Marie Lerandeau for tickets. They are $1.00/ticket, or $10.00 a book.
Bryan and Becky Higgins were presented with the Prairie Booster Club BOOSTERS OF THE YEAR plaque for their unending contributions to the students of the Cottonwood School District 242. Thank you for everything you are willing to do to make our schools a better, stronger community!

All of those who golfed in the PBC Golf Scramble.

PIRATES BOYS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2011
All games  at 7 p.m. 
SEPTEMBER
  2-Genesee, there, lost 8-36
  9-Deary, here, won 14-6
16-Potlatch, here
23-Timberline, there
30-Kendrick, here
OCTOBER
  7-Lapwai, there
14-Lewis County, here, Homecoming
21-C.V., there
28-Troy, here
NOVEMBER (State games)
  4 or 5-Kibbie Dome, TBA
11 or 12-Kibbie Dome, TBA
18 or 19-Championship, TBA
JV & JR. HIGH GAMES
Jr. High games start at 5 p.m, JV at 7 p.m. unless indicated
SEPTEMBER
19-Lewis County JH & JV at Craigmont
28-Timberline, JH only there, 6 p.m.
29-Kamiah, JV, there, 6 p.m.
OCTOBER
  3-Kendrick, JH & JV, here
10-Lapwai, JH & JV, here
17-Lewis Co., JH & JV, here
24-C.V., JH & JV, there

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