The Prairie Pirates scored 44 unanswered points to down Lapwai 64-18 in a game played at 4 p.m. at Lapwai Friday, Sept. 27.
The game time was moved up due to a shortage of officials. This allowed the officials to go help officiate other games that evening.
Prairie started the game like it was going to be the blowout it turned out to be as they forced Lapwai to punt and then needed just 1 play to score as Jake Bruner found Isaiah Shears open down the left side for a 64 yard catch and run for a touchdown.
After forcing another Lapwai punt it again took Prairie just 1 play to score. This time Lucas Arnzen ran the ball on a sweep to the left and broke free for a 76 yard scoring play. The 2-point tries failed on each of the first two scores.
On Lapwai’s third series they finally picked up a first down but were again forced to punt.
This time Prairie ran into some trouble as Bruner got rushed and his pass to Shears got intercepted by Lapwai’s Dennis Mitchell. A facemask penalty on the tackle set Lapwai up at the Prairie 19 yard line. In 4 plays Lapwai scored their first touchdown of the game to cut the lead to 12-6.
It didn’t take Prairie long to respond as they took over on their own 27 after the kickoff. On the first play Bruner carried the ball to the right and just before getting hit, pitched the ball to Arnzen on the option. Arnzen went 73 yards for his second touchdown of the game. At that point he had 2 carries for 149 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Hunter McWilliams added the 2-pointer to make it 20-6.
On the ensuing kickoff O’Shae Perez took the ball at the Lapwai 18 and managed to take the ball all the way to the end zone to cut the lead to 20-12.
On Prairie’s next possession Bruner got rushed and sacked for an 18 yard loss back to the Prairie 7. It was a similar play against Lapwai last year that he got injured.
That led to a Prairie punt with Lapwai taking over at the Prairie 25. Despite a holding penalty that set Lapwai back to the 39, they were able to push the ball into the endzone thanks to a fourth and 20 conversion as Nico Higheagle passed to Perez for 22 yards to the 13. Lapwai failed to convert the 2-pointer for the third straight time but trailed just 20-18 with 8:57 left in the first half.
Shears took the kickoff at the 16 and returned it to the 43. From there Prairie ran the ball 7 straight plays. The first 3 were double digit gains of 13 by Arnzen, 14 by Bruner as he kept the ball on the option and 15 by Calvin Hinkelman. Bruner finished off the drive by going in from the 2 on a quarterback sneak. He passed to Hinkelman for the 2-pointer to make it 28-18.
Lapwai had a pass fall incomplete on fourth down on their next possession as Prairie took over the their own 48.
The Pirates needed just 4 plays to cover 52 yards for another score. On the scoring play Bruner made a great fake handoff to Hinkelman and kept the ball, going around left end for 30 yards and the touchdown. He then passed to Rhett Schlader for the 2-pointer to put Prairie up 36-18.
The defense forced another Lapwai punt with Prairie taking over on their own 27.
The Pirates ran a reverse with Shears picking up 13 yards. On the next play Bruner went back to pass and the defense left McWilliams wide open down the right side. McWilliams caught the ball at about the Lapwai 30 and went the distance for a 60 yard scoring play. Bruner passed to Hinkelman for another 2-point conversion to make it 44-18 with 51 seconds left in the half.
Lapwai tried an onside kick to open the second half but Dakota Wilson recovered at the Prairie 48.
A 33 yard pass to Shears over the middle set Prairie up at the 12. McWilliams nearly scored on the next play as he gained 10 yards to the 2 to set up first and goal. Arnzen went up the middle on the next play for his third touchdown of the game. The 2-point try was stopped short as Prairie upped their lead to 50-18.
The defense forced another Lapwai punt and the offense took over at their own 11.
Hinkelman gained 5 yards on a run to the left side. On the next play he broke loose on a run to the right side for 46 yards.
On the next play Bruner passed deep over the middle to Tannor Ross who made a juggling catch at the 2 yard line. Hinkelman went up the middle to score on the next play. Bruner ran in the 2-pointer to make it 58-18 with 6:30 left in the third quarter.
The defense again forced a Lapwai punt and took over at the Lapwai 42.
The defense had allowed Lapwai just 44 total yards and 2 first downs after the Wildcats had pulled within 2 points at 20-18.
Some of the backup runners went into the game at this point with Mason Dalgliesh carrying the ball 5 times and Tyler Hankerson the other time on a 6 play 42-yard drive. Dalgliesh scored a touchdown from the 6 with 2:57 left in the third quarter to end the game on the 45-point rule, 64-18.
For the game Prairie rolled up 382 yards rushing on 30 attempts with Arnzen picking up 169 yards on just 6 carries. Hinkelman added 104 yards on 10 carries. Bruner had 28 yards on 4 carries, McWilliams 26 on 3 carries, Dalgliesh 26 yards on 5 carries, Hankerson 16 yards on 1 carry and Shears 13 yards on 1 carry.
Bruner complete 5 of 6 pass attempts with 1 interception for 190 yards. Shears had 2 catches for 97 yards. McWilliams 1 for 60 yards, Ross 1 for 36 yards and Hinkelman 1 for –3 yards.
Prairie had 572 yards of offense in the game.
Lapwai meanwhile was held to just 114 yards of offense. They had 68 yards rushing on 32 attempts led by Higheagle with 36 yards on 13 carries and Mitchell with 31 yards on 12 carries. Lapwai passers were 4 for 11 for 46 yards. Perez had 3 receptions for 42 yards.
Defensively Arnzen led the way with 5½ tackles including a sack. Matt Schwartz had 4 tackles plus ½ a sack. Dalgliesh and Schlader had 3½ tackles each. Casey Danly had 3 tackles including ½ a sack. Shears had 2½ tackles including a sack. Bruner and Hankerson had 2½ tackles each. Jake Rowland and Joseph Halligan had 1½ tackles each. Justin Hatfield, Gabe Angus and McWilliams had 1 tackle each and Hinkelman had ½ a tackle.
With the win Prairie improves to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in league play.
Prairie 20 24 20 -64
Lapwai 12 6 0 -18
P-Shears 64 pass from Bruner(run failed) 9:50 1st
P-Arnzen 76 run (pass failed) 8:20 1st
L-Mitchell 12 run (pass failed) 2:11 1st
P-Arnzen 73 run (McWilliams run) 1:55 1st
L-Perez 82 kickoff return (pass failed) 1:40 1st
L-Higheagle 2 run (run failed) 8:57 2nd
P-Bruner 2 run (Hinkelman pass from Bruner) 6:41 2nd
P-Bruner 30 run (Schlader pass from Bruner) 3:03 2nd
P-McWilliams 60 pass from Bruner (Hinkelman pass from Bruner) 0:51 2nd
P-Arnzen 1 run (run failed) 10:39 3rd
P-Hinkelman 2 run (Bruner run) 6:30 3rd
P-Dalgliesh 6 run (no try game over) 2:57 3rd
PIRATES BOYS FOOTBALL
SCHEDULE FOR 2013
13-Genesee*, here, won 56-40
20-Kendrick, here, Homecoming, won 54-8
27-Lapwai*, there, won 64-18
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
14-Salmon River, there, 6 p.m.
21-Troy, there, 6 p.m.
28-Kamiah, 6 p.m.