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An opening trick play gave Mid-Prairie a 6-0 lead over Wilton with just 20 ticks off the clock, but it wasn’t enough as Wilton defeated the Golden Hawks 22-6.
The trick play, a 65-yard pass from Justin Schwartz to Tom Butters, ended up being more than half of the Mid-Prairie offense on the night as the Golden Hawks finished with 102 total yards including negative rushing yards on a field that progressively turned to mush as the night went on.
“If you can’t win line of scrimmage — especially on a night like this with the weather and the field conditions — if you don’t win the line of scrimmage you are not going to win a lot of games,” Mid-Prairie head coach Pete Cavanagh said.
The players ended the night covered in so much mud, that the junior varsity game that was to be played Monday at Mid-Prairie was switched to Wilton because of the damage to the field.
Wilton finished the night with 352 total yards including 329 on the ground, led by Jerome Mays, who carried the ball 31 times for 198 yards and two touchdowns.
After the Golden Hawks surged out to the 6-0 lead, Wilton scored the final three touchdowns of the night, with two in the first quarter and one in the third quarter. The Beavers ran 34 more offensive plays than the Golden Hawks and won the time of possession battle at 32:34 compared to the Golden Hawks 15:26.
Cavanagh said he thought the defense had a nice night given the conditions.
“I thought defense played really well tonight. They were a good offense,” he said.
The Golden Hawks forced two turnovers on the night, as Brad Tornow intercepted one of seven Wilton passes on the night and Stone Peck recovered a fumble in the second quarter.
Off the field, the Golden Hawks celebrated public safety appreciation night by honoring local law enforcement, firefighters and first responders.
The loss pushes Mid-Prairie to 0-3 on the year. They travel to Iowa City Liberty on Friday. The Lightning will be celebrating the completion of their athletic stadium prior to the varsity football game. Liberty is in their first season as a varsity football school and is 1-2 on the season, losing to Washington 35-19 last week.
Wilton: 14; 0; 8; 0; 22
Mid-Prairie: 6; 0; 0; 0; 6
11:40, Tom Butters 65-yard pass from Justin Schwartz (Micah Gugel kick failed) 6-0 Mid-Prairie
7:08, Jerome Mays 12-yard rush (2-pt good) 8-6 Wilton
2:41, Brian Stillman 5-yard rush (2-pt failed) 14-6 Wilton
7:20, Jerome Mays 7-yard rush (2-pt good) 22-6 Wilton
Brad Tornow 5-16, 45 yards
Justin Schwartz 1-1, 65 yards 1 TD
Justin Schwartz 9-2 yards
Rex Peck 1-0 yards
Justin Schwartz 3-14 yards
Tom Butters 1-65 yards 1 TD
Jack Baker 12.5 tackles 0.5 TFL
Grant Boyse 7.5 tackles
Rex Peck 7.5 tackles