Pirates pull away in second half
The Prairie Pirates outscored Clearwater Valley 20-0 in the second half to pull away to a 28-8 win Friday, Oct. 21 at Kooskia.Cody Schumacher blocks a CV defender as Justin Schmidt carries the ball.
The win guarantees the Pirates will finish with their fifth straight winning season although they will not advance to the state playoffs this season.
Prairie started the game well as they took the opening kickoff and scored in 6 plays. Justin Schmidt ripped off 25 yards on his first carry and then capped off the drive by taking a short pass out to the left and racing 21 yards for the touchdown. He then ran in the 2-pointer for a quick 8-0 lead.
An onside kick try on the ensuing kickoff backfired as C.V.ís Kade Shira grabbed the ball on the bounce at the 50 and was able to get to the Prairie 22 before being knocked out of bounds.
The defense bailed the team out though and forced C.V. to turn the ball over on downs at the 15 with Schmidt and Tim Frei making the tackle on fourth down.
Prairie picked up 3 first downs then got hit with a holding penalty. On a fourth and 3 play at the C.V. 25, Schmidt burst through for an apparent first down but the ball got knocked loose and C.V. recovered at their own 19.
C.V. picked up a first down but then had to punt with prairie taking over at their 40.
Prairie picked up a first down but then got stopped on 4th down at the C.V. 45.
C.V. took over and moved down to the Prairie 28 but on fourth down Dakota Wilson sacked quarterback Hahots Shebala and knocked the ball loose with Josh Roeper recovering at the Prairie 40 yard line.
Prairie had a fourth and 1 and were lining up to for it when a penalty set them back 5 yards. They then decided to punt but a botched play gave C.V. the ball at the Prairie 38
After two incomplete pass attempts, C.V.ís Dillon Fisher took a pitch around left end and went all the way for the touchdown. Shebala then added the 2-pointer to tie the game at 8-8 with 1:46 left in the half.
Thatís where the score stood as the half ended as Prairie was unable to move the ball and punted with C.V. running out the clock.
C.V. got the ball to start the second half but their possession ended at midfield when Schmidt recovered a fumble.
Schmidt carried the ball on 5 of the 6 plays of the drive and finished it off with an 18 yard run over the left side for the go-ahead touchdown. The 2-point try failed Dakota Wilson pulls down the CV quarterback for a huge loss on a 4th down play.leaving Prairie with a 14-8 lead.
C.V. was forced to punt and the punter shanked it as it went out of bounds only 9 yards from the line of scrimmage at the C.V. 29.
Damian McWilliams picked up 6 yards and Cody Schumacher followed with a 5 yard gain to give Prairie a first down at the 18.
Schmidt carried for 4 on first down then scored his third touchdown on the next play on a 14 yard sweep around right end. McWilliams added the 2-pointer to make it 22-8.
A couple of penalties forced C.V. to punt on their next possession and they were penalties you donít see often. The first was for illegal touching as the center wound up catching a pass and the second was unsportsmanlike conduct as both the quarterback and fullback were barking out signals as they tried to draw Prairie offsides.
Prairie took over at the C.V. 45 and a 23 yard run by Schmidt moved the ball down to the 17 but the drive stalled there as Prairie turned the ball over on downs at the 10.
C.V. was able to move out to the 22 before they again turned the ball over on downs.
Prairie wasnít able to capitalize on the short field though as a third down fumble left them facing a fourth and 9.
C.V. wound up taking over on downs at their own 6.
They again pushed the ball out over the 20 before Kade Perrin intercepted a deep pass over the middle at the Prairie 47.
With a 2 touchdown lead and less than 2 minutes left Prairie ran a spread formation and passed but it fell incomplete.
After a 3 yard run on second down they faced a third and long and ran the same spread formation. Somehow Schmidt was able to get free down the right sideline and was wide open to take Troy Lorentzí pass and went 50 yards for an add-on score. The 2-point try came up short as Prairie led 28-8 with 1:26 left in the game.
C.V. was held on downs and Prairie took over at the 38 with Lorentz able to step back and drop just once to run out the remainder of the clock.
Schmidt wound up with 176 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns on 23 attempts and caught 2 passes for 71 yards, both for touchdowns.
Schumacher gained 34 yards on 10 carries and Lorentz 20 yards on 13 carries as Prairie rolled up 246 yards rushing on 50 attempts. McWilliams and Levi Lustig each gained 8 yards on 2 carries.
Lorentz completed 4 of 6 passes for 73 yards. Frei caught 1 pass for 4 yards and Perrin caught 1 for Ė2.
C.V. gained 85 yards rushing on 39 attempts with 38 of that coming on their touchdown play. Fisher led the team with 67 yards rushing on 14 attempts.
C.V. passers were 6 for 18 for 52 yards with 1 interception. 
The Rams gained just 42 yards in the second half.Tim Frei and Justin Schmidt tackle a C.V. ballcarrier.
Justin Schmidt led the defense with 13 tackles and a fumble recovery. Frei had 10½ tackles. Garrett Schmidt had 8 tackles. Lorentz had 4½ tackles. Roeper had 3½ tackles plus a sack and a fumble recovery. Devin Watton had 3 tackles. Wilson had 2 tackles plus a sack. Perrin had 2 tackles and an interception. Schumacher and Seth Chaffee each had 2 tackles and Torin Dalgliesh had 1½ tackles.
With the win Prairie improves to 5-3 in league play and overall. Their final game of the season has been moved up to Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. It will be senior night against Troy. The game was moved up due to both schools having their volleyball teams at State this weekend.
Prairie   8 0 14 6 -28
C.V.     0 8   0 0 -  8
P-J. Schmidt 21 pass from Lorentz (J. Schmidt run) 9:17 1st
C-Fisher 38 run (Shebala run) 1:46 2nd
P-J. Schmidt 18 run (run failed) 6:42 3rd
P-J. Schmidt 14 run (McWilliams run) 4:24 3rd
P-J. Schmidt 50 pass from Lorentz (run failed0 1:26 4th
Josh Roeper hits the CV quarterback justs as he throws.

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, lost 34-46
23-Timberline, there, won 58-8
30-Kendrick, here, lost 6-18
OCTOBER
  7-Lapwai, there, won 56-38
14-Lewis County, here, Homecoming, won 40-26
21-C.V., there, won 28-8
27-Troy, here - Senior Night

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