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It’s amazing what a 45 minute weather delay can do to a game of football.
In Mid-Prairie’s case, it took the momentum they had built against Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont and flipped it upside down, leading to a 13-6 loss against the Rockets.
The Golden Hawks were up 6-0 going into the break and were driving deep into Eddyville territory, running the ball down to the E-B-F 14-yard line before the end of the first quarter and the first strike of lightning.
“We had great energy level early and we ran the ball well. We were doing what we wanted to do in establishing the line of scrimmage,” Mid-Prairie coach Pete Cavanagh said.
After a delay from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., the players took the field for a brief warm up and got back to business. Mid-Prairie ran Justin Schwartz twice, gaining five and four yards to bring up a fourth-and-1. A Grant Boyse rush on fourth down was stopped short by the Rockets and Mid-Prairie’s offensive woes began.
“I don’t know if the rain delay set us back or what, but from that point forward we did not own the line of scrimmage and had a real problem on offense blocking up front,” Cavanagh said.
From the end of the delay the Golden Hawks would go 0-2 in red zone opportunities and turned the ball over twice. Despite that, their defense kept Mid-Prairie within a possession the entire way.
E-B-F got some luck along the way as well as their first touchdown drive featured two tipped passes that went for completions. The first, a 48-yard pass from Trey Moore to Wyatt Klyn tipped off the hand of one Rocket and into Klyn’s hands. He then found a seam for some good after catch yards. The other tipped pass came on the touchdown.
Mid-Prairie had forced a fourth-and-19 from the Mid-Prairie 28, but after scrambling away from pressure Moore heaved the ball towards the goal line and the ball bounced off Boyse and into the hands of Ethan Olivas for a touchdown. An extra point gave E-B-F a 7-6 lead with 5:41 left in the first half.
After halftime, Mid-Prairie elected to try and sneak an onside kick in. It didn’t work and E-B-F got the ball with just 48 yards to go for a touchdown. 11 plays later Moore took it in for a one-yard rush. The extra point was blocked, keeping the game just seven points away.
Coming into the game, the Rockets were averaging just 50 yards of rushing per game. The wet field conditions forced them to go to the ground game and in total they rushed for 123 yards.
Mid-Prairie has four possessions after the second Rocket touchdown, but they ended in a punt, a turnover on downs and two turnovers.
“All the way to the end I felt we had a shot if we could just get some offense going,” Cavanagh said. “They did a great job of possessing the ball and limiting the clock which limited our possessions.
The Mid-Prairie defense came up with stops all night, having six total tackles for loss including two by Josh Wallington and Grant Boyse had an interception in the fourth quarter, giving Mid-Prairie the ball at midfield.
The closest to a touchdown was a six-play, 59-yard drive to the E-B-F 37. Mid-Prairie quarterback had found Jack Baker for a 21-yard pass and Grant Boyse for 10 yards. Then a Schwartz rush put them in Rocket territory. The next play a bad connection from center to quarterback resulted in a fumble recovered by the Rockets.
The loss pushes Mid-Prairie to 1-6 on the season and the win gives Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont a 4-3 record so far this season. Mid-Prairie will travel to Davis County this week.
E-B-F: 0; 7; 6; 0; 13
Mid-Prairie: 6; 0; 0; 0; 6
9:28, Justin Schwartz 4-yard rush (PAT failed), 6-0 Mid-Prairie
2:23, Ethan Olivas 28-yard pass from Trey Moore (PAT good), 7-6 E-B-F
5:58, Trey Moore 1-yard rush (PAT failed), 13-6 E-B-F
Brad Tornow, 5-8 50 yards, 1 INT
Jack Baker 2-31 yards
Grant Boyse 1-9 yards
Tom Butters 1-8 yards
Justin Schwartz 1-2 yards
Justin Schwartz 31-171 yards, 1 TD
Grant Boyse, 3-9 yards
Brad Tornow, 2-6 yards
Grant Boyse 11 tackles, 1 INT
Josh Wallington 4.5 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack
Rex Peck, 3 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 pass break up