out for football this season
Note: This article did not appear in this week's Chronicle as the information arrived too late for publication.
There are 31 players turned out for football this season at Prairie High School.
Prairie is hoping to improve on the 4-5 mark they posted last year and contend for a state playoff berth. Troy would have to be considered the league favorite as they returned nearly everyone from the team that was a controversial fumble against Kamiah away from playing for a state title last year.
Seniors on the team this season are Dakota Wilson, Tyler Hankerson, Joseph Halligan, Gabe Angus, Matt Schwartz (from Summit), Jake Rowland, Westin Crenshaw and Casey Danly. Wilson and Danly missed a lot of time due to injury last season but both are projected as starters in the offensive and defensive lines as is Crenshaw. Schwartz was a solid defensive starter last season. Rowland was last season's kickoff specialist. Hankerson will return as a defensive back and receiver.
Juniors are Lucas Arnzen, Mason Dalgliesh, John Mager, Rhett Schlader, Tanner Ross, Hunter McWilliams, Justin Hatfield, Dally Ratcliff and Austin Sonnen. Arnzen and McWilliams each got a lot of carries at running back last season. Schlader and Ross will be receivers on offense. Mager missed most of the season with injuries.
Sophomores are Isaiah Shears, Devin Bruegeman, Terran Peery, Jake Bruner, Calvin Hinkelman, Daniel Mager, Bobby Hood and Phillip Spencer. Bruner took over as starting quarterback in the Kendrick game last year and showed a lot of promise when he was healthy. Shears will be a receiver on offense. Peery is a transfer from Highland and started at running back and quarterback for Lewis County last season.
Freshmen are Tyson Schlader, Brandon Anderson, Raice Dalgliesh, Kory Bahlman, Ricardo Dominguez and Derek Falzon.
The Pirates open this Friday against defending 1-A, Division 2 state champion Salmon River. Their first league game is at home Friday, Sept. 13 against Genesee, who figures to be one of the teams Prairie will be battling with for a playoff spot.
A receiving drill at the Pirates' first official practice on August 19.
PIRATES BOYS FOOTBALL
SCHEDULE FOR 2013
20-Kendrick, here, Homecoming
8-Kibbie Dome, TBA
15-Kibbie Dome, TBA
22or 23-Championship, TBA
If you’re wondering about the 5 straight road games on the football schedule, the CV game would’ve been a home game this year but it will be there since last year’s game was moved to Cottonwood due to heavy smoke in the Kooskia area.
PHS JV FOOTBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2013
9-Genesee, here, 6 p.m.
16-C.V., here, 6 p.m.
23-Lapwai, there, 6 p.m.
30-C.V., there, 6 p.m.
14-Salmon River, there, 6 p.m.
21-Troy, there, 6 p.m.
28-Kamiah, 6 p.m.