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Bruner boosts Prairie over Salmon River

— Jake Bruner scored every which way during Prairie’s 58-24 victory over Salmon River last Friday night, Sept. 11.

Bruner scored on a trick play during the third quarter, threw two touchdown passes, and ran in three scores as well. He totaled 300 passing yards and 101 rushing yards. Of his huge night, Pirates coach Ryan Hasselstrom said: “I hope he has a lot of those.”

Hasselstrom praised Lucas Wemhoff’s improved pass-catching skills; he nabbed five for 125 yards and a touchdown.

“Offensively, I was pleased with the way the game went,” Hasselstrom said. “Special teams gave up a touchdown and some big returns, so we have to work on that. We have some young guys playing who haven’t played much, and I’m pleased with where we’re at.”

The Savages found a hole in Prairie’s kickoff coverage midway through the first quarter, but by that time, Bruner had already run for two touchdowns.

Rylie Travis’s 78-yard return touchdown kept Salmon River in the game, and required an immediate answer — which Calvin Hinkelman delivered at the end of Prairie’s next drive.

Hinkelman broke into the end zone just before the end of the first quarter — the first of two touchdowns he scored on a night he averaged 7.4 yards per carry on nine attempts.

An interception by Devin Bruegeman ended the Savages’ next drive, and the cascade of scores that followed put Prairie 38 points ahead of Salmon River at halftime.

Before halftime, Bruner’s third touchdown run required an answer from the Savages, but the PHS defense stopped them on downs deep in Pirates territory.

When Bruner’s mobility bought a bit of extra time for a pass, Wemhoff got open deep down the field for a 72-yard touchdown.

Hinkelman’s second touchdown run made it 44-6 at halftime.

Midway through the third quarter, Bruner was credited with a receiving touchdown on a “hook and ladder” with Brandon Anderson. Bruner threw the pass to Anderson, and sprinted out to accept Anderson’s pitch back to him.

For Salmon River, Travis totaled 152 yards on the ground including a 47-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.

Prairie put the outcome beyond doubt with a pass from Bruner to Bruegeman, and the Savages scored twice against the PHS reserves during the fourth quarter.

Next up for Prairie (2-0) is a homecoming visit from 1AD2 powerhouse Council (3-0).

Hasselstrom said: “It’s gonna get tougher. They’re ranked No. 1 in the state for Division II, and I’m sure they’re going to be looking for a little revenge from last year.”

In 2014, Prairie thrashed the Lumberjacks 60-8. Kickoff on Friday, Sept. 18, will be 6 p.m.

Next up for Salmon River

(1-1) is a 7 p.m. (MT) home game against Long Pin Conference rival Wilder (1-1), which beat SRHS 58-28 last year.


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