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Prairie’s Jacob Stubbers posted 202 rushing yards with three touchdowns as the Pirates pushed past Salmon River 52-34 Monday night, Sept. 11, in Cottonwood.

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Prairie’s Jacob Stubbers posted 202 rushing yards with three touchdowns as the Pirates pushed past Salmon River 52-34 Monday night, Sept. 11, in Cottonwood.



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Salmon River standout Canyon Harper commanded lots of attention from the Pirates defense, yet scored three touchdowns during the second half.

Friday’s smoke-out made for Monday night football between two local teams, and Prairie’s physical play early on pushed the hosts to a 52-34 win over defending 1AD2 champion Salmon River.

“Prairie executed really well on offense and their size up front gave us fits on defense,” Savages coach Charlie Shepherd said shortly after the game Sept. 11. “We had way too many mental errors in the first quarter that spotted them 20 points.”

Just when the Savages seemed to be regaining their balance — when back-to-back touchdown runs by Devan Branstetter and Randy McClure closed Prairie’s lead down to 20-14 — the Pirates struck back with Jacob Stubbers’ 76-yard kick return touchdown just before halftime.

“We should have gone in down one score and instead went in down two scores, because of another mental error,” Shepherd said. “Prairie played well, as expected, and I’d have liked to have had our kids play better early in the game. But I was pleased with the way they finished.”

Stubbers scored four touchdowns including the kick return. Stubbers tallied first with a run from eight yards out after the Pirates converted a fourth down with a pass to Caleb McWilliams, and added rushing touchdowns of 11 and 80 yards late in the game.

“I was proud of the kids,” PHS coach Ryan Hasselstrom said. “They ran the ball really well. We made that a point of emphasis this week, to get physical and run the ball to protect Damian (Forsmann) at quarterback. The front line did a good job, the running backs did a good job and Damian played really well.”

Forsmann stepped in when starter Spencer Schumacher was injured last week at Genesee; Schumacher may return to defensive action later this season, but Hasselstrom said Forsmann will likely start under center the rest of the season. Forsmann scored rushing touchdowns of 38 and 28 yards Monday night.

For Salmon River, Canyon Harper scored three touchdowns during the second half: one by run and two by pass.

Coming — Prairie (1-1) is set to host Council Sept. 15 and Salmon River is set to host Notus that same night.



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