Prairie Central gets key sixth win

Prairie Central locked in a playoff spot with win No. 6, a 36-14 dandy, against the Olympia Spartans Friday night at Lewis Field.
    The game started off with some very shaky offense from both teams. Olympia had first possession of the game but could seem to find any openings in the Prairie Central defense.
    Prairie Central would also find problems moving the ball. The Hawks ran for a total of 24 yards on their first possession on 13 plays. After the 7½ minutes of inching the ball forward the Hawks would punt as well, giving the ball back to the Spartans with only 32 seconds left in the first quarter.
    Olympia’s struggle on offense carried the game to the second quarter where they would again nothing of value came out of the possession.
    With a great punt return by Wyatt Steidinger, PC started its next drive from Olympia’s 46 yard line. The offensive line for the Hawks began to take over, making a few key blocks to put themselves in scoring position.
    The drive resulted in a 6-yard touchdown run by Steidinger. He also ran in a two-point conversion to put the Hawks up 8-0 the 6:04 left in the first half.
    Olympia failed to move forward and gave the ball back to the Hawks with 3:56 left in the second quarter.
    Prairie Central’s offense made quick work in scoring as Corban Moser would break away for a 28-yard touchdown run to extend the lead. Collier Palmore ran in the two-point conversion to put the Hawks up 16-0 with 3:20 left before the break.
    Olympia’s offense gave it one last good attempt to score before half, but the Hawks defense was too solid to break. Jonah Miller stopped the offense with a strip and fumble recovery to secure the ball until halftime.
    The Hawks received the ball to start the second half and the offense came out ready to play with some great running plays, including a 53-yard run by Palmore. This set up Steidinger for a 2-yard touchdown run.
    With a two-point conversion from Palmore, the Hawks led 24-0 in the third.    Steidinger had 83 yards and 2 touchdowns on the night. Palmore also had a great night rushing with 80 yards on 10 carries.
    Olympia managed to find some offense of its own. The Spartans drove 60 yards on their first possession. Robbie Gaston capped the drive with a 6-yard touchdown run. He also scored the two-point conversion making it 24-8 with 5:20 left in the third quarter.
    The Hawks were unfazed and pulled together a 65-yard drive cumulating in yet another break away touchdown by Moser, this time for 31 yards. The conversion was no good making the score 30-8.
    Moser had 81 yards on 10 carries and 2 touchdowns for the game.
    With a great punt return by Steidinger after a defensive stop, the Hawks offense again found themselves in great field position.
    Starting at the Olympia 36 yard line, PC was able to run some time off the clock before Matt Kerns ran for a 3-yard touchdown and a 36-8 advantage with 8:05 left in the game.
    Kerns had a quite 96 yards on 17 carries and 1 touchdown for the night.
    An 81-yard kickoff return for Olympia was the final tally of the night. The two-point conversion failed, leaving PC with a 36-14 lead with 7:53 left in the game.
    This win puts the Hawks at 6-1 and gives Prairie Central an automatic qualification into the playoffs.
    “It feels good. We weren’t too impressive tonight, but we got the job done and that’s all that counts,” PC head coach Kirk Brandenburg said. “The boys are in the playoffs and I know they are excited about that.”