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Mid-Prairie defeated by Williamsburg

Oct 03, 2017
After an injury to running back Keaton Duwa, wide receiver Justin  Schwartz  (No. 15) filled in at running back, gaining 87 yards on 20 carries. Schwartz was also the leading receiver, picking up 51 yards on 4 receptions.

By John Butters, The JOURNAL

 

The Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks hosted the No. 1 Williamsburg Raiders Friday night in Wellman, losing to the visitors 49-13.

While Mid-Prairie head coach Pete Cavanagh might not have like the score, he did see some things on the field that indicated a good effort.

“Overall, I thought we played well. It was a good effort on the part of our team. Again, it was penalties, missed blocks and missed tackles that it made it difficult to compete. I was proud of the effort that we gave, though, and look forward to another challenge this week,” he said.

The Hawks’ defense looked solid at the start, but a couple of big plays by Williamsburg’s Gage Hazen-Fabor and a quaterback sneak by quarterback Gage Blythe put the Hawks at a 14-0 disadvantage in the first quarter.

The Hawks’ offense struggled throughout the game, with two of their starters leaving with injuries.

Leading rusher Keaton Duwa was held to just 64 yards before he left the game in the third quarter with what appeared to be a shoulder injury. Wide receiver Justin

Schwartz filled in at running back, gaining 87 yards on 20 carries. Schwartz was also the leading receiver, picking up 51 yards on 4 receptions.

Quarterback Karson Gingerich would suffer an injury in the third quarter that put him on the sidelines for the remainder of the game.

The Hawks’ defense stiffened in the second quarter, but a 45 yard pass to Hazen-Fabor put the Raiders ahead 28-0 at halftime.

The Hawks came back in the third quarter with a Gingerich carry across the goal line for 6 points, but the extra point effort failed, leaving the score 28-6.

A couple of Raider touchdowns in the third quarter started the continuous clock, though the Hawks’ Justin Schwartz would run one in from a few yards out.

Keaton Duwa led the Hawks defensively with 4.5 total tackles. The Raiders outgained the Hawks 455 to 207 yards in total offense. Mid-Prairie is now 2-4 on the year.

The Hawks will host the Northeast Goose Lake Rebels at Wellman Friday.

 

In other games, Sigourney-Keota defeated Columbus Community 48-6, Highland defeated Van Buren, Keosaqua, 13-12, Montezuma beat Winfield-Mt. Union 35-0 and Lone Tree beat WACO, 62-25.

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