fourth quarter leads to win
The Prairie football team picked up their first win of the season as they scored 28 points in the fourth quarter to erase a 6 point deficit and beat Genesee 56-40 Friday, Sept. 13 at Cottonwood.
Despite the fact that Genesee scored 40 points, the defense played a very strong game excepting a couple of Bulldog possessions.
Genesee took the opening kickoff and marched 63 yards in 8 plays to take a 0-8 lead. For the rest of the first half though, Prairie defense throttled the Genesee offense allowing just 2 first downs and a net 8 yards.
Prairie was 3 and out on their first possession but put together a scoring drive on their second possession.
A 28 yard run to the left by Lucas Arnzen was the big play in the scoring drive as it set up first and goal at the 9. 2 plays later Jake Bruner found Isaiah Shears wide open in the end zone for the touchdown. The 2-point try failed leaving Prairie behind 6-8.
On the ensuing kickoff Genesee’s Trent Souders took the kick at the 22 and weaved his way past the defenders for a 78 yard scoring play to put Genesee up 6-14, which is where the score stood at the end of the first quarter.
Prairie failed to move the ball on 3 straight possessions but Genesee wasn’t doing anything either.
Genesee tried a fake punt on a fourth and 13 from their own 33 but Prairie stopped Reggie Tilleman after only 5 yards and took over at the Genesee 38.
Facing fourth and 2 at the 30, Bruner handed off to Hunter McWilliams who burst over the left side and went the distance for a touchdown. The 2-point try again failed leaving Prairie behind 12-14.
Prairie forced another Genesee punt and took over at their own 39.
Bruner connected with Shears down the left side for 20 yards on the second play of the drive to move into Genesee territory.
Runs of 15 by Arnzen and 11 by McWilliams set Prairie up at the 15. 2 plays later Bruner went back to pass for only the second time in the drive. His passed missed by Genesee was flagged for roughing the passer which gave Prairie a first and goal at the 8. Arnzen went over the left side on the next play for the touchdown to give Prairie their first lead. Bruner connected with Shears for the 2-pointer to make it 20-14 with 1:26 left in the half.
Prairie received the second half kickoff and started at their own 23. Arnzen went over the right side for what appeared to be a 77 yard scoring play but a penalty 33 yards downfield brought the ball back to the Prairie 41.
On the next play Bruner passed downfield to Rhett Schlader who had gotten behind the defense. The pass just cleared the defender’s attempt to bat the ball away and when he fell down, Schlader was off for a 59 yard scoring play. On the 2-point try Bruner’s pass to Schlader got batted into the air and Arnzen came down with the ball for the 2 points to make it 28-14.
Genesee answered Prairie’s quick strike with a grinding 16-play 64 yard scoring drive that cut the lead to 28-22.
They then executed a successful onside kick and took over at the Prairie 42. 4plays later a 27 yard touchdown pass tied the game at 28-28 as Prairie stopped the 2-point try.
Prairie was forced to punt after just 3 plays and Genesee took over at their 49 after a short punt. 8 plays later Genesee was back into the lead at 28-34 after a 12 yard touchdown run. Prairie again stopped the 2-pointer. That score came just 23 seconds into the fourth quarter.
A short Genesee kickoff set Prairie up at their 42. A holding penalty set them back but Genesee bailed them out with a second roughing the passer penalty that gave Prairie a first down at the Genesee 48. 5 plays later Arnzen took a pitch to the right side and got great blocking from that side of the line and receivers as he went 35 yards for the tying touchdown as the 2-pont try failed.
A fired up defense stopped Genesee for losses on 3 straight plays forcing them to punt on 4th and 25. After a high snap to the punter he decided to try and run with it rather than punt it away and was stopped for a 7 yard loss at the Genesee 8 yard line.
McWilliams came up a yard short of scoring on first down and Calvin Hinkelman wound up scoring 2 plays later. Bruner ran in the 2-pointer on a bootleg to the left to make it 42-34.
Genesee took over at their 34 and 2 plays later Jake Rowland intercepted at the Genesee 49 and returned the ball to the 44. A facemask penalty on the tackle moved the ball to the 29.
5 plays later Hinkelman went over from the 2 and Bruner passed to Tyler Hankerson for the 2-pointer to put Prairie up 50-34 with 2:52 left.
Rowland’s kickoff went out of bounds (to avoid a possible big runback) so Genesee took over at their 35. After 2 incomplete passes and a sack for a 4 yard loss Genesee faced fourth and 14. Beau Tilleman’s pass was batted into the air and then caught for an interception by Hinkelman who took the ball 23 yards for his third straight touchdown. The 2-point try failed but Prairie now led 56-34 as they scored 4 touchdowns within 6 and a half minutes of the fourth quarter.
Genesee was able to score a final touchdown but when Hinkelman recovered the onside kick try, Prairie was able to run out the clock.
Prairie had 189 yards rushing on 36 attempts with Arnzen picking up 127 yards on 13 carries. McWilliams added 60 yards on 8 carries and Hinkelman had 14 yards on 8 carries.
Bruner was 10 for 22 passing for 144 yards with no interceptions.
Shears caught 7 passes for 79 yards with Hinkelman catching 2 for 6 yards and Schlader 1 for 59 yards.
Ben Druffel led Genesee with 119 yards on 26 carries as they had 199 yards rushing on 54 attempts. Beau Tilleman was 9 for 22 for 100 yards passing with 2 interceptions. Reggie Tilleman was the primary target with 6 catches for 74 yards.
The leading tackler was Casey Danly with 10 tackles and 3 sacks. Shears had 9½ tackles. Arnzen and Bruner had 7½ tackles each. Hankerson had 5½ tackles. Hinkelman had 5 tackles and an interception. Mason Dalgliesh had 4 tackles. Rowland had 3½ tackles plus an interception. Matt Schwartz had 3 tackles and 2 sacks. Joseph Halligan and Tanner Ross each had 2 tackles. Dakota Wilson had 1½ tackles and Schlader had 1 tackle.
With the win Prairie is 1-0 in White Pine League action and 1-1 overall. Their next game is Homecoming against Kendrick Friday at 7 p.m.
Prairie 6 14 8 28 -56
Genesee 14 0 14 12 -40
G-Druffel 32 run (R. Tilleman pass from B. Tilleman) 9:24 1st
P-Shears 6 pass from Bruner (pass failed) 3:33 1st
G-Souders 78 kickoff return (run failed) 3:16 1st
P-McWilliams 30 run (pass failed) 6:38 2nd
P-Arnzen 8 run (Shears pass from Bruner) 1:26 2nd
P-Schlader 59 pass from Bruner (Arnzen pass from Bruner) 11:26 3rd
G-Druffel 3 run (B. Tilleman run) 5:19 3rd
G-Jones 27 pass from B. Tilleman (run failed) 4:06 3rd
G-Druffel 12 run (pass failed) 11:37 4th
P-Arnzen 35 run (pass failed) 8:38 4th
P-Hinkelman 1 run (Bruner run) 5:51 4th
P-Hinkelman 2 run (Hankerson pass from Bruner) 2:52 4th
P-Hinkelman 23 interception return (run failed) 2:17 4th
G-Wayt 39 run (run failed) 1:24 4th
PIRATES BOYS FOOTBALL
SCHEDULE FOR 2013
13-Genesee*, here, won 56-40
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
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.