dominate Miners in state opener
The Prairie football team made Wallace look like anything but an undefeated squad that was ranked #3 in the state as they totally dominated the Miners in a 46-0 win in the first round of the state football playoffs at Wallace Saturday, Nov. 9.
Although Prairie’s offense put up 46 points it was the defense that made the difference as they held a team that had been averaging over 50 points a game and held them to just 19 total yards and forced 3 turnovers.
Prairie received the opening kickoff and thanks to a 19 yard pass from Bruner to Isaiah Shears and a 20 yard run by Hunter McWilliams the Pirates were set up with first and goal at the 10.
Two running plays netted 4 yards then Bruner was sacked for a 13 yard loss. His fourth down pass sailed high and Wallace took over at their own 19.
Wallace picked up 3 yards on a run then tried a pair of passes where Mason Dalgliesh had the receiver well covered and broke up both attempts forcing a punt.
Prairie took over at their own 40 with a facemask penalty 1 play later moving the ball to the Wallace 45.
Lucas Arnzen picked up 23 yards on a sweep to the left to put the ball at the Wallace 16. Three plays later Bruner found Shears open on the left side and Shears went 15 yards for a touchdown. Bruner passed to Arnzen for the 2-pointer to give Prairie an 8-0 lead.
The defense then held Wallace to another 3 plays and punt and took over at their own 10.
The Pirates had to overcome a couple of big penalties in their possession. The first was a holding penalty and Prairie overcame that with a short screen pass to the left to Calvin Hinkelman who picked up 23 yards. Two plays later Prairie was called for offensive pass interference when Tyler Hankerson got tangled up with a defender on a pass completion to Rhett Schlader.
On the next play Prairie ran the option with Bruner making a pitch out wide to Hunter McWilliams at the last possible second. McWilliams cut back toward the middle of the field and broke past the defenders outracing them for a 48 yard scoring play. The 3-point try failed leaving Prairie with a 14-0 lead with 1:01 left in the first quarter.
It was 3 plays and punt again for Wallace with Prairie taking over at the Wallace 49. It took just 1 play to score this time as Bruner tossed a short pass out to Arnzen who caught the ball at about the 40 and outran the defense to the end zone. McWilliams ran in the 2-pointer to make it 22-0 just 20 seconds into the second quarter.
On their next possession Wallace went for it on fourth down from their own 33 and Arnzen made a great play tackling the runner for a 6 yard loss as Prairie took over at the 27.
Wallace sacked Bruner for the third time to open the drive but a completion to Arnzen for 11 yards on the next play and a quarterback sneak for 2 game Prairie a first down at the 17.
Two incompletions led to a fourth and 5 and Prairie converted when Bruner found Jake Rowland open over the middle for 7 yards to the 5 yard line.
Wallace tried to keep Prairie from scoring as they held them out of the end zone on 3 straight plays but on fourth down and about a foot, Bruner went in on a quarterback sneak. Arnzen ran in the 2-pointer to make it 30-0.
On their next possession Wallace finally picked up a first down but a holding penalty a couple plays later forced them to punt it away again.
This time Prairie was forced to punt as well but Wallace didn’t keep the ball long as Shears interception a Wallace pass at the Prairie 38. On the next play Bruner found Hankerson wide open down the left side and Hankerson went 62 yards for the touchdown. Bruner passed to Rowland for the 2-pointer to make it 38-0 with 2:18 left in the half.
Prairie had an opportunity to end it at the half as Bruner intercepted a Wallace pass at the Wallace 41. Prairie was unable to move the ball though and turned it over on downs at the 36.
Wallace picked up 2 first downs but the half ran out on them at the Prairie 39.
Wallace received the second half kickoff and started at their 41 after a 23 yard return. That possession couldn’t have turned out any worse as the center snapped the ball over the quarterback’s head on first down for what wound up as a 16 yard loss. On the very next play Wallace fumbled with Casey Danly recovering at the Wallace 18.
Prairie stuck to the run and scored after 4 plays with McWilliams scoring from 8 yards out. Arnzen then added the 2-pointer that ended the game with 9:16 left in the third quarter.
For the game Prairie had 153 yards rushing on 33 attempts with McWilliams picking up 101 yards on 8 carries. Hinkelman had 38 yards on 11 carries and Arnzen 34 on 8 carries. Bruner was sacked 3 times which led to him having –20 yards rushing.
Bruner completed 8 of 13 passes for 196 yards. Arnzen caught 2 for 60 yards, Shears 2 for 34 yards, Hinkelman 2 for 33, Hankerson 1 for 62 and Rowland 1 for 7.
Wallace was held to just 19 total yards with the 23 yards in losses on their two second half plays cutting that total down from where it was at the half. They had 20 yards rushing on 18 attempts and their quarterback was 1 for 12 for –1 yard with 2 interceptions.
Arnzen had 6 tackles to lead the defense with Matt Schwartz picking up 4½ tackles. Hankerson had 3 tackles. Danly had 2 tackles and a fumble recovery. Shears had 1½ tackles plus an interception. Joseph Halligan had 1 ½ tackles. Dalgliesh and Dakota Wilson each had 1 tackle. Schlader, Hinkelman and Angus had ½ a tackle each and Bruner had an interception. It says something about how well the front line of the defense played when the defensive backs had just 1½ tackles combined. Nobody was making past the front line.
With the win Prairie improves to 8-2 on the season and will face a rematch with Troy in the state semifinals this Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Kibbie Dome in Moscow. The winner of that game will play the Hagerman-Raft River winner in the championship game, likely at Holt Arena in Pocatello either Nov. 22 or 23.
Prairie 14 24 8 -46
Wallace 0 0 0 - 0
P-Shears 15 pass from Bruner (Arnzen pass from Bruner) 5:22 1st
P-McWilliams 48 run (pass failed) 1:01 1st
P-Arnzen 49 pass from Bruner (McWilliams run) 11:41 2nd
P-Bruner 1 run (Arnzen run) 7:16 2nd
P-Hankerson 62 pass from Bruner (Rowland pass from Bruner) 2:19 2nd
P-McWilliams 8 run (Arnzen run) 9:16 3rd, game over
Prairie faced football practice in the snow last Monday, Nov. 4. It brings to mind practices they had prior to playing Wallace in the semifinals in 2009. That year they beat Wallace in the Kibbie Dome on their way to the state championship game. Photo provided by Ryan Hasselstrom.
8 earn medals at Lewiston
With twelve wrestlers participating in the Lewiston Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, November 2nd, the group earned six medals.
Participating in the 227 person round robin tournament were – Group 1 – Clay Buchanan; Group 2 – Rhett Crow; Group 3 – Gage Crow, Tage Perrin; Group 4 – Sierra McWilliams and Logan Wimer.
Those earning medals in the tournament were – Group 1 – Chris Schumacher, 3rd Place; Group 2 - Nic Kirkland, 3rd Place; Group 3 – Caleb Butler, 1st Place; Group 4 – Dalton Ross, 2nd Place and Kyle Schwartz, 2nd Place; Group 5 – Caleb McWilliams, 1st Place.
We are proud of all of the wrestlers that participated; please join us for our next tournament, Saturday November 9th at Grangeville High School at 10:00 AM.
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
11-Kamiah*, there, won 46-0
18-Lakeside (Plummer), there, won 62-12
25-Troy*, there, lost 28-53
9-State Playoff at Wallace, 2 p.m., won 46-0
15-State Playoff vs. Troy, 7 p.m., Kibbie Dome in Moscow
22or 23-Championship, TBA
PIRATES BOYS BASKETBALL
SCHEDULE FOR 2013-14
*indicates league game
13-Grangeville, here, Idaho County Shootout
19-Salmon River, here
6-Salmon River, there
17, 18, 21, 26 & 27-District at LCSC
March 1-State Play-in game at St. Maries, 6 p.m.
March 6-8-State at Caldwell