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Prairie 64, CV 8: Pirates keep pace with WPL leaders


Prairie senior Mason Dalgliesh came on late in Prairie’s 64-8 homecoming win over Clearwater Valley and had several strong runs as the Pirates closed out the contest last Friday night, Sept. 26.

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Prairie senior Mason Dalgliesh came on late in Prairie’s 64-8 homecoming win over Clearwater Valley and had several strong runs as the Pirates closed out the contest last Friday night, Sept. 26.



COTTONWOOD — If not for a new drainage system installed at Prairie’s field during the off-season, a midweek storm may have made a slog out of the game last Friday night, Sept. 26.

Instead, the field and sidelines stayed relatively dry and the PHS offense unleashed a lightning-quick attack on the first play from scrimmage: senior running back Lucas Arnzen flashed past the right flank 52 yards for a touchdown 17

seconds into the game.

The quick strike sparked a 64-8 blowout of Clearwater Valley, but the Pirates sputtered through for much of the first quarter. CV forced two turnovers, picked up a couple of first downs and kept the ball out of the hands of Prairie’s formidable athletes.

The Pirates scored five times during the second quarter, with Arnzen scoring on each of his next two attempts, which came 20 seconds apart and raised his rushing total to 99 yards on his first three tries.

All three of Arnzen’s scores came on sweeps to the right side, but the third differed in that he ran that sweep as an end around after lining up as a slot receiver.

Later in the second quarter, PHS junior quarterback Jake Bruner scored one touchdown on a scramble and threw to junior wideout Devin Bruegeman for another. Then senior Rhett Schlader delivered a touchdown pass to junior receiver Isaiah Shears.

The Pirates converted all six of their first half two-point tries, making it 48-0 at halftime.

During the third quarter, with the clock already running under the mercy rule, Prairie's first-stringers scored again early in the second half, with Bruner finding Shears on a deep pass.

After CV finally broke through with a touchdown run by sophomore tailback Trey

Pfefferkorn, Shears returned the ensuing kickoff 76 yards for the game's last score.

Prairie totaled 244 rushing yards and Bruner added 83 in the passing game and the Schlader-to-Shears bomb went for a 55 yards.

Coming — Prairie (4-0, 2-0 Whitepine League) is unbeaten through the first half of its schedule, but has home games later this month against two unbeaten teams: Troy on Oct. 10 and Kamiah on the last night of the regular season, Oct. 24.

PHS will travel to Lapwai on Friday night, Oct. 3; the Wildcats are winless in league play.

Clearwater Valley (2-2, 0-2 Whitepine League) also has four league games this month; Genesee will host the Rams on Friday night, Oct. 3.



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