The turning point in the ballgame came late in the second quarter. Prescott was trying to keep NR out of the endzone to go down just two touchdowns at halftime. But the Tigers were able to get into the endzone with :23 seconds remaining in the half as junior quarterback Micah Kier connected with receiver Blake Kretovics from 13-yards out. Prescott coaches protested to officials that Kretovics trapped the ball on the ground but to no avail.
The Tigers, 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the Middle Border Conference, got the ball to start the second half and running back Sam Altena broke through the Cardinal defense with his biggest run of the evening, a 59-yard touchdown scamper. Altena, one of the MBC's top running backs, had three TDs in the ballgame and rushed for nearly 250 yards on 41 carries.
Unlike last season's game against New Richmond which the Cardinals trailed 40-0 at halftime, PHS played hard trying to defend against their bigger and faster opponents. But scoring opportunities were limited as PHS only broke into NR territory a couple of times. The Cards biggest play from scrimmage all night was a 23-yard run by Carson Stenroos midway through the fourth quarter.
Winless Prescott's schedule only gets tougher as they face defending state champion and No. 1 ranked in D-4 Osceola next Friday in Osceola.
|Prescott's Joe Roosen tries to avoid a tackle attempt from New Richmond's Noah Towberman.|