Prairie du Chien Blackhawks blank River Valley

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Rhett Koenig and Ryder Koenig (22) chase down and tackle the River Valley ballcarrier on a rainy Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Rhett Koenig follows the blocking of Dawson Eastman (59).

Quarterback Maddox Cejka runs to the outside for a good gain.

Owen Oldenburg (11) and Luke Kramer (54) team up for a stop.

Aden McCluskey (18) and Syler Wall (61) tackle the River Valley ballcarrier.

By Colton Thompson

 

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks (4-3) hosted the River Valley Blackhawks (4-3) for homecoming night and to continue conference play. PDC got off to a hot start, scoring on their first drive of the game and used big defensive plays from the defense to stop Valley’s offense. After two more scores, the PDC Blackhawks ended the night with a 21-0 win over Valley.

Prairie du Chien started the game on offense and was ready to score early. Maddox Cejka connected with Seth MacEachern on the second play of the drive for 14 yards to gain a first down. Then, Maddox Cejka found Owen Oldenburg downfield for 29 yards and another PDC first down. Those two weren’t done yet as Cejka and Oldenburg connected again three plays later for 11 yards to put PDC at the River Valley 5-yard line. PDC was able to gain three more yards within their next three plays and faced a fourth and two at the two-yard line. Kurt Wall rushed right through the defense and into the end zone to put PDC up early. Joey Xiya hit the PAT and the score was now 7-0.

River Valley started their first possession of the game at their own 27-yard line. They were able to cross midfield coming off of two first down rushes from Landon Clary and Zack Vickerman. Valley was looking to get another first down as they decided to go for it on fourth and seven on the PDC 42-yard line. Ethan Wickman attempted to throw to Kameran Smith but it was incomplete and PDC took over on a turnover on downs. 

PDC was looking to score yet again in the first quarter. They were faced with a third and 12 on their first set of downs and Maddox Cejka found Trent Mallat downfield for a 56-yard pass as Mallat was brought down just shy of the end zone by Trey Schulte at the River Valley 4-yard line. Rhett Koenig ran it in on the next play, and after Joey Xiya hit the PAT, the score was now 14-0. 

Valley started their next possession at their own 22-yard line with 11:12 to go in the second quarter. Landon Clary ran the ball on the first two plays for a total of 19 yards and a first down. Valley was faced with a fourth and one but Ethan Wickman was able to run it for 44 yards and into PDC territory and was tackled by Owen Oldenburg at the PDC 6-yard line. Landon Clary was tackled behind the line of scrimmage by Luke Kramer and Jeremiah Avery for a loss of three to make it second and goal at the 9-yard line. Valley had a third and goal at the four but Landon Clary was tackled in the backfield again on a bad snap for a loss of six this time to make it fourth and goal from the 10. Valley was hit with a holding call on the 13-yard line. After the ball was moved back, it was fourth and goal at the 23. Prairie du Chien was called for pass interference and Valley moved back to within the 15-yard line for their next fourth down attempt. Ethan Wickman tried to throw to Kameran Smith but it was incomplete and PDC forced a turnover on downs.

With 2:28 to go in the third quarter, PDC took over at their own 34-yard line after the defense was able to force another turnover on downs. On third and seven, Maddox Cejka found Owen Oldenburg once again and this time for 23 yards and a first down to move PDC to the River Valley 40-yard line. Valley was able to stop Prairie’s next rush in the backfield for -2 yards on the carry. However, Ty Wagner was able to rush the ball 42 yards and into the end zone on the next play to gain six more points for PDC. Joey Xiya hit the PAT once again and it was now 21-0.

Valley had their last possession of the game start at their own 37-yard line with 4:51 to go in the fourth quarter. They moved downfield quickly after Ethan Wickman ran twice for a total of 20 yards and two first downs. To start their next set of downs, Wickman was sacked by Ryan Wall, Brogan Brewer, and Syler Wall in the backfield for a loss of three. Valley was then hit with another holding call and were faced with a second and 24. They gained 11 yards on the next two plays and now had a fourth and 13. Cole White was tackled for a loss of one by Brogan Brewer and Prairie forced another turnover on downs. Prairie du Chien kneeled it out and ended their homecoming game with a 21-0 victory over River Valley.

Leading the rushers for PDC was Ty Wagner with 8 rushes for 45 yards and 1 TD. Rhett Koenig had 14 rushes for 29 yards and 1 TD, and Kurt Wall had 1 rush for 2 yards and 1 TD. Maddox Cejka was 5-6 for 133 yards. Leading the receivers was Owen Oldenburg with 3 catches for 63 yards, Trent Mallat had 1 reception for 56 yards, and Seth MacEachern added one catch for 14 yards. Luke Kramer led the defense with 14 tackles, .5 sacks, and 2.5 TFL for 12.8 yards. Kurt Wall had 13 tackles, Max Amundson had 11, and Ryan Wall had 9 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2.5 TFL for 9.3 yards. 

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks will travel to Dodgeville next week to take on the Dodgers and continue conference play. Game time is 7 p.m.

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