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Mid-Prairie’s offense exploded for eight touchdowns on Friday night as the Golden Hawks had six different players score in a 56-21 drubbing of Central Lee.
The Golden Hawks started the night off on the right foot by coming up with a big play on defense after a long Central Lee drive. Central Lee had driven for 46 yards before Isaac Boucher came up with a stop at the line of scrimmage on fourth-and-2.
The Golden Hawks took advantage of the stop and Justin Schwartz eventually finished the drive with a 10-yard rushing touchdown, one of two on the night for Schwartz.
Mid-Prairie then used an interception from Jack Baker to set up a Grant Boyse 25-yard touchdown rush and take a 14-0 lead with 1:19 left in the first quarter.
Central Lee scored their first touchdown on a 90-yard kickoff return directly after the Boyse touchdown.
From that point the game became a rushing clinic for the Golden Hawks, Schwartz and Boyse each scored one more rushing touchdown and the Golden Hawks also added touchdowns from Rex Peck, Kayden Reinier and Conner Miller.
The night was especially sweet for Peck and Miller, who normally spends their night blocking as a fullbacks. Peck broke off the longest touchdown on the night on a 51-yard run in the third quarter on the first play of a drive. Miller scored on a 22-yard rush.
The first-team defense didn’t allow Central Lee to score and the Golden Hawks forced two turnovers as Baker and Zeb Danner had interceptions. It was also their best night defending against the rush. Mid-Prairie only allowed 75 total rushing yards, the first time they have held a team to under 100 rushing yards.
Brad Tornow eclipsed 100 passing yards and had a 37-yard touchdown pass to Tom Butters. It was the second receiving touchdown of the season for Butters.
The third quarter was a boom for the Mid-Prairie offense as they scored 28 points in just 3:38 of possession.
Central Lee’s final two touchdowns came in the fourth quarter.
The Mid-Prairie kicking game had a nice night as Micah Gugel went 8-8 on extra point attempts.
The win pushes Mid-Prairie to 1-4 overall, but 1-0 in district play. They will host Williamsburg (2-3) next week.
District play provides a clean slate for the Golden Hawks as no teams in Class 2A District 6 have winning records. Williamsburg and Albia were the other winners to start off district play.
Mid-Prairie: 14; 14; 28; 0; 56
Central Lee: 7; 0; 0; 14; 21
Brad Tornow 5-15 103 yards, 1 TD
Justin Schwartz 25-177 yards, 2 TD
Grant Boyse 6-64 yards, 2 TD
Rex Peck 2-52 yards, 1 TD
Kayden Reinier 6-38 yards, 1 TD
Conner Miller 2-23 yards, 1 TD
Tom Butters 3-68 yards, 1 TD
Justin Schwartz 1-18 yards
Jack Baker 1-17 yards
Jack Baker 4.5 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 1 INT
Zeb Danner, 1.5 tackles, 1 INT
Kayden Reinier, 6 tackles
Brad Tornow, 4.5 tackles, 1 TFL