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Mid-Prairie and Anamosa both entered Friday’s game with a record of 3-4. The two teams had nearly identical rushing and passing totals through seven games. On paper, it looked liked a great matchup between two similar teams.
On the field, it wasn’t close. The Golden Hawks rushed for 453 yards in a 42-7 win over the visiting Blue Raiders on senior night.
“It’s great to get a win on the last home game of the season,” Mid-Prairie Coach Pete Cavanagh said. “It’s also great for the seniors, as it was their last home game.
“I’m just happy with the way we played. Up front, the defensive line and offensive line, I thought they did well.”
Nothing stopped the Mid-Prairie offense except the clock. The Golden Hawks scored touchdowns on every drive except the two that ended the half and the game.
Mid-Prairie handed the ball to Ricardo Vargas seven times on the opening drive for 58 yards and an early 7-0 lead.
Mid-Prairie had a 14-0 second quarter lead when Keaton Duwa’s fumble recovery set the Golden Hawks up at the Anamosa 49-yard line. Duwa took the handoff on the next play and went 40 yards, setting up a five yard-touchdown run by Justin Schwartz.
Duwa rushed for 164 yards on 12 carries, finishing with two touchdowns.
After a Vargas interception on the next Anamosa drive, Terrhyn Jacoby took his first carry of the season and went 35 yards to the Anamosa 17-yard line.
Jacoby finished the game with 83 rushing yards on four carries.
Karson Gingerich took the football to the one-yard line with a seven-yard rush and Vargas took it in on the next play to give Mid-Prairie a 27-0 lead heading into halftime.
Things kept going Mid-Prairie’s way in the second half, as Jared Miller recovered a fumble on the first play of the third quarter, and Vargas added his fourth touchdown of the game on the ensuing play.
Vargas finished with 142 yards on 20 carries.
Duncan McCain led the defense with 7.5 tackles, while Gingerich had 6.5. Jason Tew had four tackles, a sack, and two tackles for loss. Scott Winborn also had four tackles and two for loss.
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