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Football Round-up: Prairie rallies to beat Genesee; Troy thumps Kamiah; Salmon River smashes Cascade

Prairie 56, Genesee 40

— The Pirates pulled two touchdowns ahead of the visiting Bulldogs during the third quarter of Prairie’s 56-40 victory in its Whitepine League opener last Friday night, Sept. 13. Prairie fell behind early but pulled ahead as juniors Hunter McWilliams, Lucas Arnzen and Rhett Schlader scored back-to-back-to-back touchdowns during the late second and early third.

But before the third quarter was over, Genesee tied it up, 28-all. The Bulldogs scored again starting the fourth, but Arnzen scored to stanch the hemorrhage. Then sophomore Calvin Hinkleman followed up with a couple of short touchdown runs. Hinkleman returned an interception for a touchdown in short order, quashing Genesee’s hopes of mounting yet another charge.

The Bulldogs punched in an inconsequential touchdown with about a minute remaining.

Arnzen hammered out 127 rushing yards along with his two touchdowns. Jake Bruner completed touchdown passes to Isaiah Shears and Schlader and three two-point throws.

Up next, Prairie (1-1, 1-0 league) hosts Kendrick for homecoming this Friday night, Sept. 20. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Troy 46, Kamiah 0

TROY — In contrast to a confrontation for the ages these teams waged in the state playoffs last year, Troy had its way with Kamiah last Friday night, Sept. 20. Troy went so far as to attempt and recover an onside kick early in the first quarter in addition to inflicting other turnovers and special teams mayhem on the Kubs during a 46-0 rout.

Up next, Kamiah (0-3, 0-1 league) will host Wallace on Friday night, Sept. 20.

Salmon River 46, Cascade 0

CASCADE — After pulling out a contentious victory a week ago, Salmon River left nothing up for debate with a mercy rule thrashing of Cascade during the first week of Long Pin Conference games last Friday night, Sept. 13.

Senior quarterback Leighton Vander Esch ran in Salmon River’s first three touchdowns during a 46-0 run that required part of a third quarter to complete.

Senior McCoy Hale caught a pass for one touchdown and ran for another during a 26-point second quarter. Junior Jimmy Shepherd and freshman Johnny Shepherd each scored on throws from Vander Esch.

Up next, Salmon River (3-0, 1-0 league) will host Colton for homecoming at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. Colton has scored a combined total of 126 points in wins over Mullan and Wilbur-Creston of Washington this year, but Salmon River limited the Wildcats to 26 on the road last year.

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