Pirates win 54-6 at Salmon River
The Prairie Pirates picked up a big win, 54-6, over a short-handed Salmon River squad Friday, Sept. 14 at Riggins.
Salmon River was without their best player, Canyon Harper, due to an injury and it made a big difference. Last year they basically ran their whole offense through Harper.Carson Schmidt and Caleb McWilliams combine on a tackle.
Consequently the Pirates were able to hold the Savages to just 95 yards in total offense, minus 9 in the rushing column.
Salmon River started well, picking up a first down, but a fumble led to a 10 yard loss and forced them to punt with Prairie taking over at the Salmon River 40.
Three plays later Michael Schwartz took an option pitch around right end and went 21 yards for the gameís first touchdown. Spencer Schumacher pass to Damian Forsmann for the 2-pointer to make it 8-0.
Salmon River got a lot of help from Pirate penalties on their second possession. Twice Prairie intercepted Salmon River passes only to see them overturned on pass interference penalties. A roughing the passer call led to another Salmon River first down. In all Prairie was assessed 35 yards worth of penalties on a 68 yard Salmon River drive from their own 28 to a first and goal at the Prairie 4. Prairie finally got a stop that held up when Schwartz intercepted a pass in the end zone.  That gave the Pirates the ball out at the 20.
Schumacher passed to Sam Mager for 20 yards and then a 5 yard gain by pass to Owen Anderson that was brought back on a holding penalty to the Prairie. Prairie then ran the option to the left side with Schumacher pitching to Cole Martin a couple yards downfield. Martin raced 65 yards to the end zone for a second Pirate touchdown. Schumacher ran in the 2-pointer to make it 16-0.
Salmon River was able to pick up another first down and move the ball out to midfield before the Savages were forced to turn the ball over on downs at the Prairie 44.
Caleb McWilliams pick up 20 yards on first down and Schwartz added 25 on the next play to set up first down at the 11. McWilliams pushed his way down to the 2 for a 9 yard gain and Schwartz finished off the drive for the touchdown on the next play. Schumacher again ran in the 2-pointer to make it 24-0 early in the second quarter.
Salmon Riverís next possession ended early as Mager intercepted a Shepherd pass at the 36 and returned it to the Salmon River 33.
Schumacher ran a quarterback keeper and scored on the next play. He then passed to Dylan Schumacher for the 2-pointer to make it 32-0.
A punt ended Salmon Riverís next possession and Prairie took over at the Salmon River 40 as the punt traveled only 12 yards downfield before going out of bounds.
Forsmann moved to quarterback for the series. Schwartz gained 9 yards on first down then Forsmann ran a keeper for the final 31 and a fifth Prairie touchdown. Forsmann passed to McWilliams for the 2-pointer to make it 40-0.
Going exclusively to the pass, Salmon River was able to move from their own 8 out to the 45 before Anderson intercepted a pass at the Prairie 43.
A 17 yard run by Martin moved the ball to the Salmon River 28. A screen pass from Forsmann to Anderson went for 30 yards and set up first and goal at the 8. 2 plays later, Anderson scored from the 2. Forsmann passed to Dylan Schumacher for the 2-pointer to make it 48-0 with 9 seconds left in the half.
The half ended on a screwy play where Dylan Schumacher intercepted a Shepherd pass  and after picking up a couple yards lateraled to Schwartz who appeared to take the ball down the left sideline to the end zone. The play was called back though on a penalty as Spencer Schumacher was called for a chop block penalty when he was the one that got chopped.
SCole Martin wards off a defender which broke him loose for a 65 yard TD run.ince the penalty was on the team that had the ball the half ended.
Prairie got the ball to open the second half and moved to their 44 before a fumble gave Salmon River the ball at the Prairie 45.
Three plays later the Savage fumbled the ball right back with McWilliams recovering at the Prairie 42.
Prairie was able to move the ball down to the Salmon River 19 before getting stopped 2 yards shy of a first down.
Salmon River turned the ball back on downs, going for it on fourth and 8 from their own 21.
JV quarterback Cole Schlader took over and scored the Piratesí final touchdown on a 16 yard keeper on fourth and 5. The 2-point try came up short as Prairie led 54-6 with 7:18 left to play.
Salmon River finally got on the scoreboard on the ensuing kickoff as Justin Whitten took the ball at the 25 and was able to go 75 yards for the score. Prairie stopped the 2-point try leaving the score at 54-6.
The Pirates then ran out the clock with Dalton Ross picking up 32 yards to the Salmon River 11 before getting stopped as time ran out.
The entire second half was played under the modified running clock where the clock did not stop for anything. Normally it stops on change of possession and scoring plays.
For the game Prairie racked up 346 yards rushing on 30 attempts, 11.5 yards per try. Martin led with 88 yards on just 3 carries. Schwartz had 57 yards on 4 carries. McWilliams had 47 yards on 4 carries. Brody Hasselstrom had 45 yards on 9 carries. Forsmann had 35 yards on 2 carries. Spencer Schumacher had 34 yards on 2 carries. Ross had 32 yards on 1 carry and Schlader had 23 yards on 2 carries.
Schumacher completed 3 of 4 passes for 30 yards while Forsmann completed 3 of 5 passes for 56 yards. Schlader was 0 for 2 passing. Anderson had 2 receptions for 35 yards. Mager had 1 for 20. McWilliams had 1 for 17. Hasselstrom had 1 for 9 and Forsmann had 1 for 5.
Salmon River had minus 9 yards rushing on 15 attempts. Shephered was 11 for 25 passing with 4 interceptions for 93 yards. Whitten was 2 for 4 for 11 yards.
Defensively McWilliams had 3.5 tackles and a fumble recovery. Anderson had 3.5 tackles and an interception. Spencer Schumacher had 3.5 tackles. Mager had 2.5 tackles and an interception. Schwartz had 2 tackles and an interception. Dean Johnson had 2 tackles. Dylan Schumacher had 1 tackle and an interception. Derik Shears and Hayden Uhlenkott each had a tackle that was also a quarterback sack. Carson Schmidt and Jesse Cronan each had 1 tackle. 
Prairie is now 2-1 on the season. Their next game is Homecoming this Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. against Genesee. It is a rematch of last seasonís state championship game.
Prairie           16 32 0 6 -54
Salmon River   0   0 0 6 -  6
P-Schwartz 21 run (Forsmann pass from S. Schumacher) 8:33 1st
P-Martin 65 run (S. Schumacher run) 2:38 1st
P-Schwartz 2 run (S. Schumacher run) 11:15 2nd
P-S. Schumacher 33 run (D. Schumacher pass from S. Schumacher) 9:11 2nd
P-Forsmann 31 run (McWilliams pass from Forsmann) 6:13 2nd
P-Anderson 2 run (D. Schumacher pass from Forsmann) 0:09.4 2nd
P-Schlader 16 run (run failed) 7:48 4th
SR-Whitten 75 kickoff return (pass failed) 5:34 4th

Caleb McWilliams catches a pass for a 2-point conversion.

Sam Mager intercepts a Salmon River pass.

Hayden Uhlenkott sacks the Salmon River quarterback.

Carson Schmidt and a Salmon River player chase after a loose ball. Salmon river recovered for a 10 yard loss.

All games  at 7 p.m. except where noted
  1-Valley @ Middleton, 4 p.m. MDT, lost 46-60
  7-Troy*, here, 7:30 p.m., won 88-6
14-Salmon River, there, 6 p.m., won 54-6
21-Genesee*, here, Homecoming
29-Potlatch*, there, 12 noon
  5-Lapwai*, there
12-Kamiah*, here
19-C.V.*, there
27-Wallace* there, 2 p.m.
1 or 2-State Quarterfinals
8 or 9-State Semifinals
16 or 17-State Championship
*League  Game

Games start at 6 p.m. 
24-vs. Potlatch @ Lapwai
  1-Kamiah, there
  8-C.V., there

Games start at 4:30 except where indicated
20-Kamiah, there
25-vs. Lewis County @ Highland
  2-C.V., there
11-Lapwai, here
18-Timberline, there, 5 p.m.

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