Bulldogs Done In By Devin

4 09 2010

Prairie 46, Genesee 20

COTTONWOOD – After losing a majority of their playmakers off last year’s team that made it to the Idaho 1A state finals, the Prairie Pirates (1-0) found out that they still have plenty leftover with a 46-20 victory over the Genesee Bulldogs (1-1) Friday night.

After being overshadowed by a talented senior class last season, runningback Devin Schmidt bust onto the scene with a career night.  The senior totted the rock 26 times for 251 yards, including five scores.

His success opened the door for others to run through as well, literally.  Getting his first extended look on varsity, senior Brock Heath – who stands just 5-feet, 5-inches and weighs 125 pounds – rushed for an all-time best 100 yards on 14 carries, and scored a touchdown.  “Everyone was paying attention to Devin,” said Prairie head coach Travis Mader, “and it allowed Brock to have a big night.”

Senior quarterback Beau Schlader was also a perfect 6-for-6 passing for 180 yards, as the Pirates racked up 534 total yards compared to just 274 by Genesee.  A week after the Bulldogs rushed for almost 200 yards in a 52-8 victory over Lapwai, Prairie limited the Genesee ground game to just 54 yards on 28 carries.

This biggest stop by the reigning Whitepine League champs came in the third quarter, leading 32-20.   With Genesee trying to cut into the lead, facing a first-and-goal from the three-yardline, Prairie not only turned away the Bulldogs, but then drove the length of the field, putting the game out of reach.  “The goaline stop was huge,” said Mader.

“I’m really proud of these kids.  I think the talk around town was about how good the team was the last two years,” he added.  “They really proved something tonight.  I don’t think anybody thought we would score 46 (points) on Genesee.  This is a huge win.”

NOTES:

Prairie — The Pirates run their Whitepine League winning streak to 19-straight games… This marks the first time in almost two years Prairie failed to mercy rule an opponent.

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