Prairie gridders win

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Prairie’s Drew Scott heads for a touchdown on a 34-yard pass from Brogan Potter. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Drew Scott makes a diving one-handed catch to get the ball to the Mayville 17-yard line.

Casey Hogenson gains good yardage on a kickoff return in the first quarter Saturday afternoon.

The Prairie du Chien running game powered forward for good yardage throughout the game.


Prairie du Chien Blackhawks blast Mayville Cardinals

By Zach Mara


In a complete reversal of last week’s game, Prairie du Chien protected the ball, not turning the ball over, allowing the offense to do its job during a 47-0 thrashing of the Mayville Cardinals.

The rout would begin with the Blackhawks scoring on their opening possession, a 7-play, 55-yard drive, capped by a Dylan Yeomans’ 5-yard touchdown run. The PAT was unsuccessful, and the Blackhawks jumped out to a 6-0 lead. 

The Hawks’ defense held up their end of the bargain, forcing the Cardinals to punt on their first 3 possessions. Prairie would add on to the lead with a 34-yard TD pass from Brogan Potter to Drew Scott. Sophomore Cory Check would put the ball through the uprights giving the Hawks a 13-0 lead. 

Adrian Johanningmeier would block the second of Mayville’s punts, setting up a Potter to Hogenson 17-yard touchdown pass, extending the lead to 20-0 after the PAT kick was once again good.

During the drive, Drew Scott would make an astonishing one-handed catch to advance the ball to the 17-yard line. The Hawks would turn the ball over on downs deep in Mayville’s territory on their next possession. 

Following the Hawks’ stalled drive, Prairie’s defense would recover the first of Mayville’s 3 lost fumbles, which set up Dylan Yeomans’ second TD run of the game. After a good extra point, the Hawks led 27-0.

The Cardinals fumbled again on their next drive, forced by leading tackler Stephan Rondfeldt, and Potter would connect with Peyton Hall on a screen pass that he would run in for a 24-yd TD. Hogenson would catch the 2-pt pass and Prairie would lead 35-0 with 4 minutes until halftime. 

Following Ethan Swiggum’s first down saving tackle on a fake punt, the Hawks would cruise into the end zone 4 plays later on a 22-yard pass from Potter to Hogenson. The extra point was blocked and the Hawks led 41-0 heading into halftime.

A running clock during the second half would greatly increase the pace of the game as the second half would only see 5 drives, compared to the first half’s 14. 

Prairie’s final score of the game would follow another Mayville fumble, recovered by Jacob Mallat, as Peyton Hall ran the ball in from the 21 yard line on the first play of the Hawks’ drive. Check’s kick was blocked and the Hawks led 47-0.

The Cardinals punted, and the teams each turned the ball over on downs to end the clobbering at 47-0.

Brogan Potter was 8-10 with 168 yards in the air, along with 4 touchdowns. Hall and Yeomans would lead the Hawks’ rushers with 57 yards and a TD and 39 yards and 2 TDs, respectively. Drew Scott led receivers with 2 receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown. Peyton Hall and Casey Hogenson weren’t far behind with 41 yards and a TD for Hall and a 39 yards and 2 TDs for Hogenson. 

Leading defensemen were Adrian Johanningmeier and Stephan Rondfeldt, with 6 tackles apiece.

The Hawks travel to Black River Falls on Friday, Sept. 4 looking to continue to build momentum as conference play nears. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

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