As of Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Prairie scored offensively and defensively before Raft River got going Friday night, Nov. 2, and after the Trojans leveled the score at 8-8 early in the second quarter, PHS quarterback Spencer Schumacher delivered a couple of reminders: he and the Pirates are effective both running and passing.
Prairie went on to win, 40-22.
"I thought our defense played outstanding the first half," Prairie head coach Ryan Hasselstrom said. "Overall, it was a good game against a good competitor."
After barreling in from two yards out midway through the second quarter, Schumacher threw a touchdown pass to Damian Forsmann with about a minute left in the first half.
Raft River answered during the third quarter, but faded after Schumacher delivered a 31-yarder to Derik Shears.
Caleb McWilliams capped the scoring with a one-yard run with about a minute left in the third quarter.
For the night, Prairie totaled 442 offensive yards including 257 on the ground in the course of converting nine third downs and three fourth downs.
Defensively, Dean Johnson notched 4.5 sacks and five tackles for loss as PHS limited Raft River's time of possession to less than a third of the contest.
Hasselstrom attributed Johnson's strong performance to his quickness from the moment the ball is snapped.
Next, Prairie will play Oakley in the 1AD1 state tournament semifinals at 5:30 p.m. MT at Holt Arena in Pocatello.
[Note (10 p.m. Friday): The final score was reported inaccurately in an earlier edition due to a Free Press error, and this has been corrected. -ao]