In the aftermath of a 72-18 final score, it is clear that visiting Valley was wholly overmatched during the 1AD1 football championship game held at the Kibbie Dome last Friday night, Nov. 21.
Prairie 42, Moscow 40
With one free throw-powered victory already to their credit, Prairie again won on late makes at the foul line.
Prairie 72, Valley 18
Behind four first half touchdowns by Jake Bruner, the Prairie Pirates won the 1AD1 state football championship Friday night.
“...in the common degree of the moral, there is no virtue. Virtue is excellence...” — Adam Smith, 1759
For the second week in a row, Prairie overcame a slow start. For the second time this playoff season, Prairie dominated a Thursday night game. For the first time since winning the 2008 eight-man football championship, the Pirates advanced to the 1AD1 title game.
Pirates thump Oakley after early stumble; Kubs outlast old nemesis, earn rematch
There are no ghosts, but for much of the first half last Friday night, Nov. 7, Prairie must have been wondering whether more than their memories haunt the Kibbie Dome. Every bounce — including three PHS fumbles recovered by Oakley during the first quarter — seemed to favor their foe.
Starting in the mid-1990s and continuing until last week, Troy and Genesee put together an impressive run: 12 of the past 18 class 1A division titles. But Prairie will mark 2014 as the year when a senior-led squad directed by Whitepine League “coach of the year” Cheyenne Hudson topped both the league and the state.
Before Max Cawley recovered a Nampa Christian player's fumble midway through the first quarter of Grangeville's 47-13 first round victory last Friday night, Oct. 31, the Bulldogs and the Trojans had traded possessions.
Wallace had Prairie in a tough spot once during an 80-26 Pirates last Thursday night, Oct. 30. The Pirates were backed up against their own goal line after a defensive stand deep in their own territory.
Stops were hard to come by for both defenses on a night the teams combined to score a Franklin’s worth, but Kamiah’s offense cashed in on runs by Parker Whipple, Ryker Grimm and Taylor McAlister to give KHS its first playoff win since the state championship game two years ago.
Though the Bulldogs were eliminated on the first day of play at state, coach Kelcey Edwards counts Grangeville’s trip to the 2A volleyball tournament as a positive experience for a team that will return players at most positions next year.
Grangeville’s cross country runners finished up the year against competition from the 1A, 2A and 3A classes last Saturday, Nov. 1, at Eagle Island State Park.
We had two pickers tie for the top prize this week, and nearly everyone else was tripped up by the whooping Tom Brady put on Peyton Manning this week.
With the start of the playoffs, football results came early this week. With a comprehensive victory over Wallace Thursday, Prairie reached the quarterfinals, which will be played Nov. 7 at the Kibbie Dome depending on the results of the Oakley-Notus game to be played tomorrow. On the other side of the 1AD1 bracket, Kamiah defeated Horseshoe Bend 62-38. In the 2A bracket, Grangeville crushed Nampa Christian 47-13.
Prairie advances to 1AD1 semifinal
During the second round of the 2A tournament Friday afternoon, Grangeville was eliminated by West Side. Prairie defeated Oakley and Genesee Friday and remains alive for the title in the 1AD1 bracket, with the Pirates' set to play Troy for a berth in the state title game.