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On Friday night Mid-Prairie took the lead 20 seconds into the game and never looked back.
The Golden Hawks used a double reverse pass on their first play of the game, which ended up going for a 62-yard touchdown pass from Justin Schwartz to Terrhyn Jacoby. After the touchdown, Jacoby then lined up to add the extra point, and the Golden Hawks took the lead at 7-0. From there it seemed the game was never at risk.
“It wasn’t what we expected. We expected to get behind the defense but then Terrhyn Jacoby made a few moves and scored,” coach Pete Cavanagh said.
Keaton Duwa said the early touchdown was a confidence builder because they had put the play in so early in the season, and because in practice the defense knew what was coming so they wanted to see the play in action against a team that had no idea what was going to hit them.
“We’ve been practicing that since day two. In our practice our defense was kind of cheating a little bit and knew it was coming,” Duwa said. “We’re so happy it worked out, it was incredible and I didn’t think it was going to work.”
It was a big night for Duwa, who ended the night with three rushing touchdowns. His first came with 2:53 left in the first quarter on a fourth and goal situation from the half-yard line.
“I felt like the team played really well tonight to create some momentum going into the next game even though Washington is a good opponent,” Duwa said.
Mid-Prairie scored once more in the first quarter on a three-yard Duwa touchdown run to take a 21-0 lead before the first horn sounded.
He praised the offensive line, especially for their role in protecting quarterback Karson Gingerich in the passing game.
The passing game worked out well all night for Mid-Prairie, with senior quarterback Gingerich hooking up with receivers all night. He ended up completing nine of 12 attempts for 140 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
The standout receiver of the night was junior Justin Schwartz who finished with six receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown. One of his six receptions was through exceptionally tough coverage as he got tangled with a defender in the air.
“Our line did a really, really good job in the passing game. We threw for a lot of yards and our receivers made a lot of plays in the passing game,” Duwa said.
Cavanagh said the open passing game came from Louisa-Muscatine’s aggressive spots where they were lining up on the outside.
“It was just kind of the way they were playing their defense by playing up tight against us. Our receivers are pretty good so we just saw that as a game time adjustment,” Cavanagh said.
The Mid-Prairie defense came away with two interceptions on the night with Gingerich and Tom Butters grabbing turnovers on the night.
The team also has some kinks to work out with penalties, with two personal fouls for hits on a defenseless receiver and one for unsportsmanlike conduct. Cavanagh said a lot of that stuff he puts to first game and as they get used to working under the defenseless receiver rule those will go away.
Immediately after the victory the Mid-Prairie team turned their attention to next week’s game against Washington, who sits at No. 8 in 3A according to the Gazette/KGYM poll.
In a game against the Demons where the little things will matter, Cavanagh said the team will get into film next week and put into practice little changes.
“It’s a lot of little stuff. We have to get into film to see what we need to focus on, but we have to work on controlling the line of scrimmage,” Cavanagh said.
Friday night’s kickoff will be the home opener for Mid-Prairie.
First Quarter —
Mid-Prairie: Justin Schwartz 62-yard pass to Terrhyn Jacoby (7-0 11:40)
Mid-Prairie: Keaton Duwa one-yard rush (14-0 2:53), Duwa three-yard rush (21-0 :01)
Louisa-Muscatine: Brock Jeambey 98-yard kickoff return and two-point conversion no good (21-6 :00)
Second Quarter —
Mid-Prairie: Karson Gingerich 12-yard pass to Tom Butters (28-6 11:34)
Mid-Prairie: Gingerich 32-yard pass to Schwartz (35-6 7:43)
Third Quarter —
Mid-Prairie: Duwa two-yard rush (42-6 10:35)
Fourth Quarter —
Louisa-Muscatine: Chase Kruse three-yard rush and two-point conversion no good (42-12 6:12)