Golden Hawks playing their best ball
Mid-Prairie has outscored its last three opponents 99-7, and the Golden Hawks will head to Bondurant-Farrar for Monday’s Class 2A second-round playoff game playing their best football of the season.
The Golden Hawks (8-2) are coming off of a 24-7 home win over PCM on Wednesday night. Mid-Prairie showed offensive balance in that game, as junior Eesaa Baylor rushed for 184 yards and two touchdowns while junior Reid Miller threw for 120 yards and a score.
Bondurant-Farrar (9-1) showed that same type of balance in its 34-28 win over Louisa-Muscatine on Wednesday. Senior Colton Halder rushed for 173 yards and four touchdowns, and senior quarterback Josh Block threw for 215 yards and a score.
The Bluejays, the District 6 champions, have had that type of balance all season long. Halder has rushed for 1,682 yards and 24 touchdowns this season, averaging 8.2 yards per carry. And Block has completed 55 percent of his passes for 1,734 yards and 19 touchdowns. They pose quite a challenge for Mid-Prairie’s defense.
Miller leads Mid-Prairie’s defense with 88 tackles, including 11 for a loss, and junior Canaan Powell has made 75 stops. Senior Elliot Runciman and junior Austin Errthum have intercepted three passes apiece, while senior Nathan Thomann has recovered three fumbles.
Errthum also provides the Golden Hawks a weapon that could swing Monday’s second-round playoff game in their favor. He’s 7-for-11 on field goal tries this season with a long of 58 yards.