Pirates win big at Lakeside
The Prairie football team won their 6th straight game 62-12 over Lakeside at Plummer Friday, Oct. 18, but it wasn’t without an early wakeup call.
The Pirates may have been taking the Knights a little too lightly as Lakeside jumped on them on the third play of the game for a 61 yard touchdown pass to take a 0-6 lead.Jake Rowland was able to get away from this would-be tackler for a 30 yard touchdown.
The Pirates were able to answer right back though as Tyler Hankerson took the ensuing kickoff at the Prairie 23 and returned it 59 yards to the Lakeside 18. On the first play from scrimmage Lucas Arnzen appeared to go around left end for a touchdown but a downfield holding penalty brought the ball back to the 19.
Hunter McWilliams went around the right side for 9 yards on the next play and then Arnzen did score the touchdown on a 10 yard run around left end. The 2-point try failed leaving the score tied at 6-6.
The defense was more ready to play on Lakeside’s next possession as Lakeside gained just 1 yard and had to punt.
Prairie took over at their own 32 but were pushed back 5 yards on a false start.  It took just 3 plays though for Prairie to take their first lead of the game.
Bruner completed passes of 17 yards to Rhett Schlader, 11 yards to Hankerson and the touchdown came on a pass over the middle to Jake Rowland. Rowland caught the ball at about the 15 and broke a couple of tackles on his way to a 30 yard touchdown. Again the 2-point try failed as Prairie led 12-6.
Rowland then executed an onside kick with Dakota Wilson recovering the ball at the Lakeside 47 after it bounced off a Lakeside player.
This time Prairie had all running plays with Arnzen picking up 25 yards , followed by an 11 yard gain by McWilliams. McWilliams capped off the 4-play drive by going in from the 4 yard line. This time Bruner completed a pass to Rowland for the 2-pointer to make it 20-6.
Prairie ended Lakeside’s next possession early as Bruner intercepted a pass at the 50 on Lakeside’s second play following the kickoff. He returned it to the 30.
Arnzen picked up 18 yards and then after an incomplete pass, he went the final 12 yards for his second touchdown of the game. The 2-pointer again failed leaving Prairie up 26-6.
Lakeside was then able to put together another scoring drive. A 37 yard gain on a perfectly set up middle screen put them at the Prairie 22.
On third and long from the 26, Lakeside ran a guard eligible with the guard getting behind the defense for a wide-open 26 yard touchdown catch.  That cut the lead to 26-12 on the first play of the second quarter.
Tyler Hankerson is about to catch a pass. In the background is Tanner Ross.Prairie didn’t take long to respond as an out of bounds kickoff set them up at their 35. Calvin Hinkelman picked up 28 yards on a run out of the spread formation. Bruner then connected with Hankerson over the middle for 32 yards to set up first and goal at the 5. Bruner passed to Schlader for the touchdown on the next play. Again the 2-point try failed but Prairie led 32-12.
Lakeside was able to pick up a first down and move to the Prairie 37 on their next possession but a pair of 5 yard penalties helped to stall the drive and they wound up punting from their own 48.
Prairie took over at their own 27 and started another scoring drive. It started with a 21 yard pass to Arnzen where he had to come back for an underthrown ball and might have gained more but he slipped as he caught the ball. Runs of 15 yards by McWilliams and 13 by Bruner set Prairie up at the 23. From there Bruner passed downfield to Schlader who had totally faked out his defender with a stop and go move and was wide open for a touchdown that made it 38-12 after another failed 2-point try.
The defense forced another punt and Mason Dalgliesh took the punt and worked his way downfield for an apparent 65 yard touchdown. Offsetting penalties called the play back and the ensuing punt was not returned with Prairie setting up at their own 40.
It took just 1 play to score as Bruner passed to Rowland 30 yards downfield. Rowland was surrounded by 3 defenders but used a couple of great moves to leave all of them grasping at air as he took the ball into the end zone to make it 44-12.
After another punt Prairie wasn’t done scoring in the first half. This one took a little more work as they had to overcome a holding penalty on the first play and a few plays later a fourth and 10 at their own 40. A 19 yard pass to Arnzen helped them overcome the holding penalty and a screen pass completion to Hinkelman that he took 26 yards downfield converted the fourth down play. 
From the Lakeside 34 Prairie ran the option with Bruner keeping the ball as the defense bit on the pitch man and he went 34 yards for the touchdown to make it 50-12 at the half.
Prairie received the second half kickoff and took over at their own 20.
A 25 yard gain by Bruner on another option play moved the ball into Lakeside territory and McWilliams scored from the 31 on the next play. A 2-point try that would’ve ended the game was stopped well short and the game continued.Rhett Schlader gains more yardage after breaking this tackle on a catch and run.
Lakeside started on their own 37 and on the first play Casey Danly broke through to record Prairie’s only sack of Lakeside quarterback Charlie Zahir. That led to another punt and Prairie took over on the 50.
A 38 yard pass to Schlader set Prairie up at the 12 and on the next play McWilliams ended the game with a 12 yard touchdown run. There was 7:38 left in the third quarter.
Prairie had 581 yards of offense in the game with 294 rushing on 25 attempts. McWilliams had 91 yards on 8 carries. Arnzen had 81 yards on 8 carries. Bruner had 74 yards on 3 carries. Hinkelman had 43 yards on 5 carries and Dalgliesh had 5 yards on 1 carry.
Bruner was 12 for 18 passing for 287 yards. Schlader caught 5 passes for 88 yards. Rowland caught 2 for 90 yards. Hankerson caught 2 for 43 yards. Arnzen caught 2 for 40 yards and Hinkelman caught 1 for 26. Isaiah Shears, who is normally a big part of the passing game, sat out the game with an injury suffered against Kamiah but is expected back for the Troy game this week.
Lakeside gained 144 total yards. The Prairie defense limited them to just 11 yards rushing on 13 attempts. Lakeside was 7 for 18 passing the ball with 1 interception and 133 yards.
Tackle stats were unavailable.
With the win Prairie improves to 6-1 on the season. This week is the big showdown for first place in the White Pine League, Division 1, as they play at undefeated Troy this Friday at 7 p.m. The winner is the league champion and would play the third place team in the first round of the state playoffs, likely Genesee. The loser would travel to Wallace for a first round state game.
Prairie     26 24 12 -62
Lakeside   6   6   0 -12
L-Gauthier 61 pass from Zahir (pass failed) 10:30 1st
P-Arnzen 10 run (run failed) 9:55 1st
P-Rowland 30 pass from Bruner (pass failed) 7:42 1st
P-McWilliams 4 run (Rowland pass from Bruner) 6:26 1st
P-Arnzen 12 run (run failed) 3:49 1st
L-Brown 26 pass from Zahir (pass failed) 11:47 2nd
P-Schlader 5 pass from Bruner (pass failed) 11:00 2nd
P-Schlader 23 pass from Bruner (run failed) 4:55 2nd
P-Rowland 60 pass from Bruner (run failed) 2:55 2nd
P-Bruner 34 run (run failed) 0:20 2nd
P-McWilliams 31 run (run failed) 9:48 3rd
P-McWilliams 12 run (no try-game over) 7:35 3rd
Hunter McWilliams picks up big yardage on this play.
All games  at 7 p.m. 
  6-Salmon River, here, lost 32-36
13-Genesee*, here, won 56-40
20-Kendrick, here, Homecoming, won 54-8
27-Lapwai*, there, won 64-18
  4-C.V.*, there, won 48-0
11-Kamiah*, there, won 46-0
18-Lakeside (Plummer), there, won 62-12
25-Troy*, there
  1-Potlatch*, here
  8-Kibbie Dome, TBA
15-Kibbie Dome, TBA
22or 23-Championship, TBA
*League game
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.

21-Troy, there, 6 p.m.
28-Kamiah, 6 p.m.

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