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With 9:51 left in the second quarter, Mid-Prairie held a 21-14 lead over Williamsburg. Then the Raiders unleashed a torrent of scores, putting 41 unanswered on Mid-Prairie and eventually winning the game 62-28.
The game started off with a much slower pace than it would end as the two teams traded the ball back-and-forth twice before Williamsburg took a 7-0 lead on Gage Hazen-Fabor’s first of four touchdowns.
Then the perfect storm of events happened for Mid-Prairie as Grant Boyse went 77 yards for a touchdown on the very next play to tie the game at 7-all. Two plays later a Williamsburg bubble screen was bobbled and hit off the foot of Mid-Prairie’s Brad Tornow. The ball went 35 yards backward and was recovered by Jack Baker at the Williamsburg 1-yard line.
Justin Schwartz jumped over a pile at the line for the touchdown and gave Mid-Prairie a 14-7 lead. While the Mid-Prairie offense was going strong at this point, the defense struggled with Williamsburg’s quickness out of the backfield.
The Raiders tied it up two minutes later on a Mathayan Powell receiving touchdown, but the Mid-Prairie offense continued to stay hot. Facing a fourth-and-8 from the Williamsburg 16, the Golden Hawks took a shot on the endzone as Brad Tornow threw a fade to Tom Butters. Butters made a great catch in the endzone and gave Mid-Prairie a 21-14 lead.
The lead ended up being short lived as the Raiders took back the ensuing kickoff to tie things at 21.
That’s the point where things started to go downhill as the Golden Hawk offense stalled to end the half.
Mid-Prairie punted on their next drive and Williamsburg drove down the field and scored on a fourth-and-3 from the Mid-Prairie 7. After another punt, Williamsburg sent out the kicking team facing fourth-and-4 from the Mid-Prairie 13. A botched snap led to Williamsburg quarterback Jordan Martin finding Grant Huedepohl in the endzone on the broken play. In the chaos of the play, a Williamsburg lineman was in the endzone as the pass was thrown, but no penalty for ineligible receiver downfield was called.
In just a short span Williamsburg had taken a two-score lead and were set to receive the ball after halftime.
The second half ended up being a continuation of the end of the first half as Hazen-Fabor continued to torch Mid-Prairie. He ended the day with 247 total yards and three other Williamsburg running backs combined for 93 yards on eight carries.
Brad Tornow had his best night of the season in the passing game, going 9-18 for 107 yards and a touchdown. Justin Schwartz led Mid-Prairie with 190 all-purpose yards.
Boyse was held in check in the second half after an injury left him sidelined.
Mid-Prairie’s final touchdown of the day was scored by Jaron Utzinger, who had 17 yards on eight carries.
The loss likely ends Mid-Prairie’s hope for a playoff bid, but the Golden Hawks now sit at 1-5 with three winnable games in front of them to end the season. This next week they will face off against Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont in their homecoming game.Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. at Mid-Prairie High School and the 2008 district championship team will be honored at halftime.
Williamsburg: 14; 20; 28; 0; 62
Mid-Prairie: 14; 7; 0; 7; 28
Brad Tornow 9-18 107 yards, 1 TD 1 INT
Justin Schwartz 1-1 36 yards
Grant Boyse 2-79 yards, 1 TD
Justin Schwartz 18-62 yards, 1 TD
Jaron Utzinger, 8-18 yards, 1 TD
Justin Schwartz 4-52 yards
Tom Butters 2-52 yard, 1 TD
Jack Baker 2-16 yards
Zeb Danner 1-23 yards
Brad Tornow 6 tackles
Justin Schwartz 5.5 tackles