Photo by Andrew Ottoson
Prairie’s Hunter McWilliams approached 100 yards and scored one of his three touchdowns last Friday night, Oct. 24, in the Whitepine League regular season finale. Both the Kubs and the Pirates have berths in the Class 1A Division 1 playoffs, which open Halloween night. PHS will host Wallace at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, and KHS will get an early start, 6 p.m. MT, at Horseshoe Bend.
As of Tuesday, October 28, 2014
COTTONWOOD — With one of the school’s Class of 2015 most decorated athletes hampered by injury, Prairie seniors Hunter McWilliams, Isaiah Shears and Mason Dalgliesh provided the scoring punch the Pirates required to win during a key matchup in the Whitepine League's regular season finale last Friday night, Oct. 24.
Tied with Troy for second place in the WPL entering last Friday night's showdown, Kamiah needed to spoil Prairie's perfect record to force a tie atop the WPL standings. The Pirates played near-perfect defense and won 48-6, setting up a first round playoff game between Prairie and Wallace Thursday night in Cottonwood.
With Troy locking up the second seed by beating Clearwater Valley last Friday night, Kamiah slipped into third place and will travel to Horseshoe Bend on Halloween.
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.
Coming — Prairie (8-0) will host Wallace (5-2) on Thursday night, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m. in Cottonwood. Wallace’s losses include a 56-20 rout at Lapwai’s hands during Zero Week. Wallaces wins — five in a row — include a 58-42 triumph at Potlatch.
Kamiah (6-2), having stumbled only in road trips to Prairie and Troy, will visit Horseshoe Bend (5-3). Horseshoe Bend’s losses include blowouts against 1AD2 powerhouses Council and Lighthouse Christian.