Prairie Central gets road win

Prairie Central was able to bounce back from last week’s homecoming loss by handling host Illinois Valley Central 48-14 Friday night.
    IVC started the game with a 65-yard drive that ended with junior Michael Arnold running in a touchdown with 7:01 left in the first quarter.
    Prairie Central’s defense struggled to slow down the strong offensive line from taking control. The Hawks gained some momentum through some strong offense of their own on the next drive.
    They marched 69 yards with runs by Matt Kerns and Corban Moser, culminating in a 1-yard touchdown run by Kerns. Kerns also converted the two-point conversion for an 8-7 PCHS lead with two minutes left in the first quarter.
    With some momentum on its side, PC’s defense, lead by Moser, was able to hold the Grey Ghosts until the second quarter. A fourth-down stop got the ball back.
    Moser was the Hawks lead tackler with 13 tackles on the night.
    PC’s offense made quick work of the IVC defense by driving 80 yards in just two minutes. The drive ended with a 6-yard touchdown run by Wyatt Steidinger, putting the Hawks up 14-7 with 6:49 left in the half.
    IVC continued to struggle to complete their drives as the Prairie Central defense gained confidence. The Ghosts were stopped on fourth down at the 32 yard line, giving the ball back to the Hawks with 1:55 seconds left in the half.
    The PC offense dominated on the drive by going 67 yards in just 54 seconds on four plays, complete with a touchdown by Kerns. Kerns also completed the two-point conversion putting the Hawks up 22-7 with a minute remaining.
    On the kick off, the ball was bobbled by the IVC returner resulting in him being tackled for a safety by the sophomore Dailen Loveless. This added two points and gave the ball back to the Hawks, who did nothing with it and punted. IVC got the ball with nine seconds left and tried a pass. Jake Woodrey got the pick to give PC the ball with only one second left on the clock.
    That was plenty of time.
    Collier Palmore completed a perfect 38-yard pass to Wyatt Steidinger, who was in triple coverage, for a touchdown at the end of the half. Steidinger had 96, as well as his one catch for 38 receiving yards, in collecting three touchdowns.
    Palmore also completed the two-point conversion to put the Hawks up 32-7 at halftime.
    Prairie Central slowly marched the ball up the field until Steidinger broke away for a 56-yard touchdown run with 8:43 left in the third quarter. Kerns ran in the two-point conversion in giving the Hawks a 33-point cushion.
    The Ghosts didn’t let them stay too comfortable as they were finally able to piece together another scoring drive. They drove 65 yards ending with a touchdown run by senior Ethan Kempf.
    The Hawks put together a five-minute drive reaching into the fourth quarter. Kerns ran in a 7-yard touchdown with a two-point conversion.
    Kerns was the Hawks leading rusher with 155 yards on 19 carries and three touchdowns. Palmore rushed for 108 yards on 10 carries and two two-point conversions.
    “The offensive line did a much better job tonight, but the defense was not good enough tonight,” PC head coach Kirk Brandenburg said. “Our momentum came from the offense tonight, but our defense just has to get better.”