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Saturday, October 17, 2015

PHS football season ends with loss

HAMMOND - A 54-19 loss to St. Croix Central ended the Prescott High School football team's season Friday evening.

The Cardinals fell behind 14-0 but scored early in the second quarter on a well-executed drive capped by a six-yard TD pass from quarterback Luke Murphy to receiver Keegan Nielsen.

But that was as close as the Cardinals would come to the No. 5 ranked Panthers, 8-1 overall and 7-1 in the Middle Border Conference. SCC did not punt until the middle of the second half as they scored on all their first half drives for a 42-13 halftime lead. Prescott's defense was unable to contain Central's option offense.

Indeed, the first time Central faced a fourth down, they scored just before halftime on a fake field goal, a three-yard TD by Evan Nielsen. SCC scored on several big plays like a 54-yard pass, a 38-yard run, a 25-yard run, an 80-yard run and an 85-yard kick-off return by Nielsen in the third quarter.

PHS' had two other touchdowns, a 81-yard from scrimmage by Nolan Schock in the second quarter and a 48-yard TD pass from Murphy to Nielsen in the third quarter.

Prescott concludes its season 3-4 in the MBC and 4-5 overall, its first losing season since 2010.

Prescott's defense lines up against SCC Friday evening in Hammond.

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