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.
North Fremont had no trouble with Bear Lake on Halloween Weekend, but gave away a “trick-or-treat” game on Nov. 8, allowing Grangeville five late touchdowns — and a 49-28 quarterfinal win.
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.
He was the hatchetman. When retiring supervisor Rick Brazell came to the area’s national forests in 2009, much of the writing was already on the wall.
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.
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.
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.