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Prescott football disposes of Spooner, face Somerset next

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Defense was the story for the Prescott football team Saturday against Spooner in Level 1 of the WIAA Division 4 playoffs.

The Cardinal defense achieved not one, but two safeties, highlighting their 38-7 victory. Prescott (7-3 overall) advances to face fellow Middle Border Conference rival Somerset in Somerset. The time and date had yet to be announced as of Saturday afternoon.

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The first safety occurred in the first quarter when Spooner quarterback Gavin Anderson, under Cardinal pressure threw a pass from the end zone that landed nowhere near a Rail receiver. After some deliberation, the referees awarded the two points. The second one was a no doubter as Prescott's Nick Opdahl sacked Anderson in the end zone for a 15-yard loss in the fourth quarter, where the Cardinals put the game out of reach.

"That was a first for me," Prescott coach Matt Smith said, about the two safeties. "We did a good job of pressuring them and staying in our gaps. It was a testament to the focus of our boys."

Meanwhile, the Cardinal offense did more than their fair share. Senior quarterback Alex Helmer threw for two touchdowns, a 29-yarder to a wide open Troy Urman as the first quarter expired, and 21-yards to Danny Cobenias in the fourth quarter. Fellow senior Tate Nahorniak was responsible for two other touchdowns -- a two-yard run in the first quarter for the game's first score and another two-yard run in the third.

"Tate's your typical Midwestern football player," Smith said. "He's a strong physical kid, who does what he is told."

In looking ahead, Smith said the Cardinals have to avoid what happened the last time they played Somerset, which was a 30-0 Spartan shutout back in September. 

"We have to be more consistent," he said. "We would have three good plays and then make a mistake. They also physically handled us."

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