Justin Schmidt had a breakout game with 324 total yards and 6 touchdowns as Prairie outlasted Lapwai 56-38 at Lapwai Friday, Oct. 7.
Schmidt, who appears fully healed from the leg injury that kept him out of the first 3 games, was moved into the tailback spot for much of the game although for several plays he was split out in the receiver spot he played last season.
Lapwai appeared headed for a score on their first possession as the Wildcats Ronnie Johnson carried the ball on their first 8 plays moving the ball from the Lapwai 28 to a first and goal at the 5.
The Prairie defense stiffened there though and stopped Johnson on fourth and goal from the 3 for no gain with Justin Schmidt making the tackle.
Prairie then put together a 97 yard scoring drive with Schmidt carrying the ball on 3 straight plays for gains of 3, 10 and 21 yards to move the ball out to the 39.
On third and 13 from the 36 Troy Lorentz connected with Schmidt on a screen pass to the right side with Schmidt carrying the ball all the way to the Lapwai 10 yard line. 4 plays later Prairie faced 4th and goal from the 10 and Lorentz took the snap in shotgun formation. He looked to pass but then tucked the ball away and sprinted toward the goal line to score Prairie’s first touchdown of the game. He then passed to Tim Frei for the 2-pointer and an 8-0 lead.
Lapwai was hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the touchdown play which allowed Prairie to kick off from the Lapwai 45. The Pirates took advantage by trying an onside kick with Levi Lustig recovering the ball at the Lapwai 27.
Another Lapwai penalty on the play set Prairie up at the 14 yard line.
Cody Schumacher burst through the line on the first play and was stopped just short of the goal line. Lorentz pushed the ball over on a quarterback sneak on the next play. The pass for 2 failed this time with Prairie leading 14-0.
The two teams traded punts on their next possessions.
:Lapwai then got another big run from Johnson to move to the Prairie 23 but the defense stiffened and Devin Watton and Frei stuffed Johnson well short of the first down on fourth down as Prairie took over on their own 19.
A 20 yard run by Lorentz got Prairie out close to midfield and a helmet-to-helmet penalty against Lapwai moved the ball to the Lapwai 44.
On third and 6 Lorentz connected with Schumacher on a shot pass out to the right that Schumacher took 24 yards to the Lapwai 16.
After a loss of 4 yards on a run, Lorentz connected with Schmidt again on a screen pass to the right that Schmidt took 20 yards for his first touchdown of the game. The 2-point run came up short as Prairie led 20-0 with 7:05 left in the half.
Lapwai then put together their first scoring drive of the game as Prairie kicked out of bounds on the kickoff letting them take over at the 35. 13 plays later Johnson passed to Rielly Leighton for a 5 yard touchdown. Lapwai’s Kylie Payne kicked the extra point to cut the lead to 20-7.
3 plays after the kickoff, Prairie fumbled the ball away with Lapwai taking over on their own 39. 4 plays later Shelby Leighton passed to Rielly Leighton for a 44 yard scoring play over the middle to cut the lead to 20-13 with 1:07 left in the half.
Lapwai tried an onside kick but the ball went out of bounds at the Prairie 43.
A 22 yard run by Lorentz on 3rd and 15 set Prairie up at the Lapwai 40 with 17 seconds left.
On the next play Schmidt lined up wide to the right and went downfield and cut across the middle to the left. Lorentz’ pass hit him in full stride at about the 25 and Schmidt raced from there to the left pylon to score his second touchdown with 7 seconds left on the clock. The 2-point try failed but Prairie led 26-13 at the half.
Prairie was unable to move the ball on their first second half possession and Lapwai took over at their own 42.
Using some big pass plays, Lapwai was able to score again to cut the lead to 26-19.
Another onside kick try saw Josh Zigler recover the ball at the Prairie 48 yard line.
This time Schmidt scored on a running play as he took the handoff and went over the left side and went 52 yards for the score. Lorentz ran in the 2-pointer to push the lead to 34-19.
It didn’t take Lapwai long to answer as freshman Sam Trujillo corralled the kickoff at the Lapwai 11 and then broke free from the attempted tacklers up the right sideline for 89 yards and the touchdown. The 2-point try failed but Lapwai had closed the gap to 34-25.
Lustig took the ensuing short kickoff at the Prairie 36 and was able to return it 36 yards to the Lapwai 28.
Lorentz picked up 19 yards around the right side on the next play to set up first and goal at the 9.
Two more runs by Lorentz moved the ball to the 1 but a false start penalty set them back to the 6. On the next play Schmidt went over the right side for 6 yards and the touchdown. Schumacher ran in the 2-pointer to make it 42-25.
Prairie kicked off deep again but to the side away from Trujillo and was able to stop Lapwai after just a 5 yard return at the 24.
Lapwai picked up 51 yards on a pass from Shelby Leighton to Johnson but Prairie then held on downs and took over at the Prairie 22.
Schumacher picked up 11 yards on a run to the right and 2 plays later, on the first play of the 4th quarter, Lorentz found Schmidt wide open deep down the left side and Schmidt took the pass 67 yards for his 5th touchdown. Lorentz passed to a wide open McCoy Hale for the 2-pointer to make it 50-25.
Lapwai answered right back with their second kickoff return for a touchdown as Lapwai put Johnson back deep with Trujillo and Johnson took the ball 85 yards for the score. Schmidt knocked away the 2-point pass leaving Prairie with a 50-31 lead.
Lapwai’s kickoff went out of bounds at the 37 and Prairie kept exclusively to the ground game as they ran the ball 8 straight time. Schmidt picked up 45 of the 63 yards including the final 20 for his 6th and final touchdown of the game. The 2-point pass failed leaving Prairie up 56-31 with 8:12 to play.
Lapwai came back with another scoring drive with Johnson passing deep to Rielly Leighton for 42 yards and the score. Lapwai went back to the kick for the extra point and cut the lead to 56-38 with 6:44 still to play.
Hale recovered Lapwai’s onside kick try at the Prairie 41 and the Pirates looked to run some clock.
The Pirates moved the ball to the Lapwai 35 then fumbled the ball away with Lapwai taking over at their 37.
On the next play though Kade Perrin intercepted Leighton’s pass and Prairie was then able to pick up a couple of first downs and run out the clock for the win.
Schmidt wound up gaining 143 yards rushing on 16 attempts and 181 yards on 4 pass receptions.
Lorentz added 97 yards rushing on 18 attempts despite getting sacked for losses 3 times on pass attempts. Schumacher gained 45 yards on 12 attempts and Lustig 17 on 4 attempts as Prairie rolled up 307 yards rushing on 52 attempts.
Lorentz completed 8 of 13 passes for 228 yards with Schumacher catching 3 for 52. Hale also caught a pass but for a 5 yard loss.
Lapwai had 168 yards rushing on 33 attempts with Johnson picking up 132 of those on 22 carries. Lapwai passers were 10 for 23 for 221 yards. Rielly Leighton caught 4 for 117 and Johnson 1 for 51.
Frei had 10 tackles plus a sack to lead the defense with Schmidt adding 8 plus an interception on a 2-point try. Hale had 7 tackles with Josh Roeper adding 5. Dakota Wilson had 3 tackles with Seth Chaffee picking up 2½ and Garrett Schmidt 2. Torin Dalgliesh had 1 ½. Lustig had 1 plus an onside kick recovery. Perrin had 1 plus an interception and Watton had 1.
With the win the Pirates improve to 3-3 on the season and in league play. Their next game is Homecoming this Friday, October 14 against Lewis County. The parade is set for 6 p.m. with the game at 7 p.m.
Prairie 14 12 16 14 --56
Lapwai 0 13 12 13 --38
P-Lorentz 10 run (Frei pass from Lorentz) 4:23 1st
P-Lorentz 1 run (pass failed) 3:55 1st
P-J. Schmidt 20 pass from Lorentz (run failed) 7:05 2nd
L-R. Leighton 5 pass from Johnson (Payne kick) 3:59 2nd
L-R. Leighton 44 pass from S. Leighton (kick failed) 1:07 2nd
P-J. Schmidt 40 pass from Lorentz (pass failed) 0:07 2nd
L-Payne 25 pass from S. Leighton (pass failed) 6:06 3rd
P-J. Schmidt 52 run (Lorentz run) 5:43 3rd
L-Trujillo 89 kickoff return (pas failed) 5:25 3rd
P-J. Schmidt 6 run (Schumacher run) 3:54 3rd
P-J. Schmidt 67 pass from Lorentz (Hale pass from Lorentz) 11:47 4th
L-Johnson 85 kickoff return (pass failed) 11:31 4th
P-J. Schmidt 20 run (pass failed) 8:12 4th
L-R. Leighton 42 pass from Johnson (Payne kick) 6:44 4th
This is Homecoming Week at Prairie High School.
The usual Wednesday events have been moved to Thursday night due to the Warrior Athletic Association awards banquet.
The Powderpuff game will be played on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at the football field.
Following that will be the bonfire, with the woodpile set up in the south parking area of the field.
The Homecoming Parade will be Friday, Oct. 14 starting at 6 p.m.
The football game is set to start at 7 p.m. against Lewis County.
The Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned at halftime with the float winners also named at halftime.
Capping the events will be the Homecoming Dance which will take place after the football game until 11:30 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym (former Elementary School gym)
‘Twas the day of Homecoming when all through the town,
All the queen candidates were dreaming of who would wear the crown,
The banners were hung in the gym with care,
In hopes that another one would soon be there,
The students were busy out on the streets,
While the band marched to the Pirate Fight Song beat,
And mamma in her jersey and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for an evening nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the couch to see what was the matter,
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash,
The sun glistened below on all the colors of fall,
And a yellow school bus with football players, big and tall,
More rapid than cheetahs they came,
They whistled and shouted and called the coaches by name;
“Now Mader, now Bruner, now Sigler and Schmidt”
“Now Hasselstrom and Mader, guide us to another victory, lickity split.
”I heard them exclaim as they loaded the bus,
“Tame those Eagles! That is a must!
”I woke up mamma and grabbed our coats,
We marched to the field behind all the floats,
Over the speakers I heard Ed and Pat spin us a yarn,
I smelled hot, juicy hamburgers cooking at Dan’s Burger Barn,
The cheerleaders, the band, the floats, the crowd……Oh, what a sight,
Happy Homecoming to all and may we have another victory tonight!
PIRATES BOYS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2011
9-Deary, here, won 14-6
16-Potlatch, here, lost 34-46
23-Timberline, there, won 58-8
30-Kendrick, here, lost 6-18
14-Lewis County, here, Homecoming
11 or 12-Kibbie Dome, TBA
18 or 19-Championship, TBA
24-C.V., JH & JV, there