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The Mid-Prairie seniors went out with a bang, finishing off their final football season with a 48-20 win over Albia and ending on a three-game winning streak.
The turning point for Mid-Prairie came with the start of the second half. Mid-Prairie elected to onside kick and a great kick from Micah Gugel resulted in a recovery by Tom Butters.
“It was huge, it gave us the ball and allowed us to keep our foot on the gas,” Butters said.
The Mid-Prairie lead was 15 at halftime, but after recovering the onside kick and rushing Justin Schwartz six straight times for 40 yards and a touchdown, the Golden Hawks pushed their lead to 21 and slammed the door shut on Albia.
From the midpoint of the first quarter to the end of the game, the Mid-Prairie offensive lineman were able to dominate up front and provide solid opportunities for running backs. Schwartz ran for 199 yards and four touchdowns while Boyse added 109 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.
Schwartz finished the season with 1,015 rushing yards after the big performance on Friday and gave all the credit to his offensive line.
“I couldn’t have done it without those guys up front and also Rex Peck, he just doesn’t miss a block,” Schwartz said.
The offensive line of Josh Wallington, Ryan Smit, Isaac Boucher, Chaz Patterson and Cory Allen helped Mid-Prairie rush for 340 total yards on 51 rushes.
“We just played Mid-Prairie football and it worked. We just ground it out,” Schwartz said.
The Mid-Prairie defense shut down Albia’s rushing attack, allowing only 13 rushing yards on 14 attempts. In the passing game Albia was 22-45 for 251 yards and two touchdowns. Nearly 100 of those passing yards came on two plays.
They had five tackles for loss as a team, Brad Tornow had two, Jaron Utzinger one, Chaz Patterson one and Josiah Meader one. The secondary combined for seven pass break ups.
Mid-Prairie quarterback Brad Tornow was 7-13 on the night for 156 yards. He threw for one touchdown and one interception.
His one touchdown of the night came on a smart play from him and Boyse. Tornow was working on escaping a sack and flipped the ball to Boyse who took it 73 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter.
The Golden Hawks finish their season with a 3-6 record for the second straight year. Schwartz finished the year as the leading rusher with 1,045 yards and 12 touchdowns on 200 carries. Grant Boyse was the leading receiver with 261 yards on eight catches for two touchdowns. Tornow threw for 816 yards and five touchdowns on 58-138 passing.
The Golden Hawks had one special teams touchdown, a 83-yard kickoff return by Boyse. Tom Butters finished the season with a 37.1 yards per punt average on 25 punts, good for highest in the district. Micah Gugel was 18-22 on extra point attempts, also the highest in the district.
Defensively, Boyse led the team in tackles with 55.5. Josh Wallington led the team in tackles for loss with seven. Schwartz had five pass breakups to lead the secondary.
Albia: 0; 12; 8; 0; 20
Mid-Prairie: 14; 13; 14; 7; 48