Photo by Andrew Ottoson
Prairie's Mason Dalgliesh recorded the decisive score Friday night, Oct. 24, on a pass from Jake Bruner.
As of Friday, October 24, 2014
COTTONWOOD Prairie seniors Hunter McWilliams, Isaiah Shears and Mason Dalgliesh provided much of the scoring punch the Pirates required to win during a key matchup in the Whitepine League's final regular season week. Tied with Troy for second place in the WPL entering Friday night's showdown, Kamiah needed to spoil Prairie's perfect record to force a tie atop the league standings. The Pirates' 48-6 victory sets up a first round playoff game between Prairie and Wallace next Friday night in Cottonwood. With Troy defeating Clearwater Valley elsewhere on Friday night, Kamiah slipped into third place; the Kubs will face the second place team out of District III.
A lucky break allowed Prairie to open the scoring about two minutes into the contest, when an apparent PHS fumble was ruled down at the one rather than recovered by Kamiah in the end zone. Pirates quarterback Jake Bruner plowed in for a 6-0 lead with 9:51 left in the first quarter.
The Pirates followed up with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Bruner to Dalgliesh, which turned out to be the decisive score on a night the Prairie defense yielded little ground to a potent Kubs rushing attack.
Before the first quarter expired, McWilliams tallied with a 10-yard run -- the first of his three scores. After a quick three-and-out, Kamiah punted on the last play of the first quarter, but immediately got the ball back with an interception by Cody Langston on the first play of the second quarter. The turnover set up Kamiah's first and only score of the night: a run by Taylor McAlister with 8:51 left before halftime.
Prairie bounced back with an 11-play, 74-yard series capped by Bruner's 11-yard sprint to the end zone.
McWilliams scored again on a 1-yard late in the third quarter, and Calvin Hinkelman had an apparent 62-yard touchdown run called back for holding a few moments later. McWilliams found the end zone for a third time with 1:38 left in the third. A quick strike from Bruner to Shears -- 63 yards through the air -- capped the scoring early in the fourth quarter, after which both teams substituted.
Salmon River 40, Tri-Valley 14
The Savages kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a Long Pin Conference win Friday evening at Tri-Valley. Look for details on this game in the print edition Wednesday.