The Prairie football team struggled in their season opener as they fell behind 0-42 before scoring two late touchdowns in a 12-42 non-league loss to Salmon River at Riggins Friday, August 31.
The game opened up looking like a shootout as Salmon River took the opening kickoff and scored in 9 plays.
Prairie came right back with Lucas Arnzen picking up 18 yards and Garrett Schmidt 8 as the Pirates moved to the Salmon River 29 yard line. Unfortunately Schmidt then took a huge hit from a Salmon River defender and fumbled with the Savages taking over at the 30.
Salmon River scored on the next play as Charlie Shepherd burst through the middle and took the ball 70 yards for the score.
Prairie again came right back with Arnzen adding an 11 yard run and Marcus Higgins passing to Seth Chaffee for 13 yards as Prairie moved down to the 25 yard line. A missed handoff on the next play though resulted in another turnover and the Savages again converted the gift into a touchdown.
Salmon River scored each of the first 5 times they had the ball as they built a 0-36 lead.
After scoring their 5th touchdown Prairie gave the ball right back on another turnover, this time a pass interception that was returned to the Prairie 3 yard line.
Salmon River put in the subs and backup quarterback Jimmy Shepherd was sacked for an 11 yard loss. A holding penalty on the next play led to 17 more yards in loss and a final pass attempt fell incomplete as the half ended.
In the third quarter Prairie caught a break when another pass interception was nullified by a personal foul penalty against Salmon River.
Schmidt gained 14 yards on the next play and Prairie moved down to the 28 before a holding penalty set them back and they had to turn the ball over on downs at the 40.
Salmon river took the ball and went 60 yards for their final score of the game to make it 0-42.
Prairie fumbled the ball right back on the kickoff return but the defense held and Prairie took the ball back at their own 46.
The Pirates were finally able to put a drive together as they ran the ball 6 straight times, 5 of them by Arnzen who picked up 43 yards on the drive including the final 9 for the touchdown to avoid the shutout.
Salmon River looked to answer right back as they gained 47 yards on just 2 plays to set up first and goal at the 6. Two illegal procedure penalties set back the Savages and Prairie wound up taking over on downs at the 22.
Higgins went back to pass on the first play but wound up having to scramble away from the rush and picked up 39 yards. He was hurt on the tackle though and freshman Jake Bruner took over at quarterback. Bruner got a rude welcome to high school varsity action though as he was intercepted on his first pass.
The defense held though and Prairie took over at the Salmon River 48.
Bruner came right back with a pass on first down and picked up his first completion hitting Tyler Hankerson for 8 yards.
A sack and a blocking penalty set the Pirates back but Bruner connected with Isaiah Shears for 23 yards and then ran the ball for another 23 to set up first and goal at the 5.
With just 2.2 seconds left Prairie tried to clock the ball and although the clock showed zeroes the referees determined it shouldn’t have run out and gave Prairie one more play.
Bruner connected with Hankerson in the end zone for the score. No extra point try was attempted as it wouldn’t have made any difference in the outcome.
Arnzen wound up with 101 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown. Schmidt added 33 yards on 7 carries with Higgins gaining 27 on 9 carries as Prairie had 177 yards rushing on 34 attempts.
Higgins completed 7 of 13 passes with 1 interception for 29 yards while Bruner completed 4 of 6 attempts with an interception for 48 yards.
Chaffee caught 5 passes for 28 yards, Hankerson 5 for 26 and Shears 1 for 23.
Charlie Shepherd gained 155 yards rushing on 13 attempts for Salmon River and completed 9 of 21 passes for 86 yards and caught 3 passes for 69 yards. Leighton VanderEsch completed 9 of 10 pass attempts for 142 yards.
The Savages had 250 yards rushing and 263 passing.
With the loss Prairie is 0-1 on the season. They play their White Pine League Division 1 opener this coming Friday at Genesee at 7 p.m.
Prairie 0 0 0 12 —12
Salmon River 14 22 0 6 —42
S-J. Shepherd 14 pass from VanderEsch (pass failed)
S-C. Shepherd 70 run (J. Shepherd pass from C. Shepherd)
S-J. Shepherd 32 pass from VanderEsch (C. Shepherd pass from VanderEsch)
S-Zolman 34 pass from VanderEsch (pass failed)
S-VanderEsch 4 pass from C. Shepherd (Zolman run)
S-Hackler 4 pass from C. Shepherd (pass failed)
P-Arnzen 9 run (run failed)
P-Hankerson 5 pass from Bruner (no attempt)
33 out for football
There are 33 players out for football this year at Prairie High School.
Seniors on the team are Damian McWilliams, Marcus Higgins, Kade Perrin, Garrett Schmidt, Frank Spencer and Seth Chaffee.
Juniors are Tyler Hankerson, Will Weaver, Juraj Crnko, Joseph Halligan, Matt Schwartz, Jake Rowland, Andy Gehring, Westin Crenshaw and Casey Danly.
Sophomores are Lucas Arnzen, Mason Dalgliesh, John Mager, Rhett Schlader, Tannor Ross, Hunter McWilliams, Dally Ratcliff, Derek Falzon and Austin Sonnen.
Freshman are Devin Bruegeman, Brandon Higgins, Isaiah Shears, Calvin Hinkelman, Jake Bruner, Bobby Hood, Victor Schmidt and Philip Spencer.
PIRATES BOYS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2012
21-Lapwai, here, Homecoming
9-Kibbie Dome, TBA
PHS JV FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
22-Lewis County, here
PRAIRIE JUNIOR HIGH FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
20-at Lewis County
27-at Clearwater Valley
18-Lewis County, here