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Prairie ascends to second in WPL

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— Prairie faced a long drive and must-win situation last Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14 — and they faced a 14-12 deficit early on. But after Wallace returned a fumble for a touchdown against the PHS offense, the Pirates defense held the fort, allowing no more points in the course of a 66-14 Prairie win.

“I was really impressed with the way our defense played today,” Pirates head coach Ryan Hasselstrom said. “We made improvements in pass defense. Offensively, our front line did a good job.”

Prairie struck first on a 55-yard run by Caleb McWilliams, and extended the lead on an 11-yarder by Jacob Stubbers. After Wallace answered with back-to-back touchdowns — the second of which came by way of a Stubbers fumble run back 49 yards by Wallace defender Layton Gallagher — Stubbers ran one in from five yards out and McWilliams added his second of the game, with about five minutes left in the first half.

Before halftime Prairie added an Owen Anderson 45-yard run and a Hunter Chaffee 10-yard run. Stubbers scored two more rushing touchdowns — one of six yards, one of 15 — during the third quarter. During the fourth, Cole Martin scored twice, with runs of 12 yards and 73 yards.

In total, Prairie outgained Wallace 504-233, with the Pirates averaging 10 yards per play.

Stubbers carried 20 times for 166 yards and four scores, Martin totaled 90 yards on four rushes, McWilliams totaled 68 yards on five runs, and the 45-yard touchdown run was Anderson’s only carry. Defensively, Spencer Schumacher, Nick Mager, Hayden Uhlenkott, Anderson and Martin each booked four solo tackles.

Up next, Prairie (6-1, 4-1 WPL) was scheduled to play Potlatch, which had to forfeit this week after the squad was unable to finish last week’s game against Clearwater Valley due to injuries. A replacement game could not be scheduled, so the school announced Tuesday morning there will be no game at PHS this Friday night. Thus Prairie — which is now tied for second in the league standings with Lapwai — has an extra week to prepare for the regular season finale against the Wildcats.

Kamiah, CV win one-sidedly

Clearwater Valley thrashed Potlatch 52-14 last Friday night, and Kamiah thrashed Troy 48-12. Up next, the Rams visit Troy and the Kubs visit league-leading Genesee.

Salmon River stunned by Tri-Valley

Tri-Valley posted a 42-8 win over Salmon River last Friday night, Oct. 13. Despite the loss, the Savages are in prime position to make the playoffs, though their seeding now depends on others.


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