Prescott rallies to beat Glenwood City 27-26
PRESCOTT - New soil, new attitude.
Prescott High School Head Football Coach Matt Smith thinks that the with the new turf on Laney Field, a new attitude should arise for the Cardinal football team.
The old Laney Field was the site so many agonizingly close losses in recent years for the Cards. Smith hopes the new grass means a change, starting with Friday's home opener against Glenwood City.
So far so good as Prescott rallied throughout the game until it wound up with a 27-26 win over the Hilltoppers to even their overall record at 1-1.
"We didn't fold, we didn't pack it in response to adversity," Smith said. "We came back to win."
There was plenty of adversity to deal with. GC scored its first touchdown on a short drive set up by a fumbled punt return. Glenwood City went up 12-0 when running back Nick Nueske scored the first of his three touchdowns on a three-yard run.
Prescott had the first points of the second half off a 27-yard run by Joe Smith on a sweep play from the Wing-T formation. Prescott went to this play again and again as the Hilltoppers could not stop it. Superior blocking was a good reason why.
"I just was able to stay on my man like velcro," Prescott tight end Josh Huber said. "I was able to read my man and get on him to open up a lane for Joe to run through."
Prescott went down again by two scores after Neuske scored on a 63-yard run from scrimmage. He also scored a 72-yard run in the fourth quarter, again in response to a Prescott touchdown. Giving up big plays has been a problem for the Cards' so far this season.
"We talk about 11 playing for one," Smith said. "Well, it only takes one not being in position to allow big plays to happen. And they weren't complicated plays. One was a trap play and the other was a sweep. But we didn't do a good job controlling our emotions at times and it hurt."
But the hurt was coming for the Hilltoppers in the fourth quarter. In reversal from the start of the game, GC gave up 20 points, had a six-yard punt and committed two critical turnovers. One was a fumble that set up PHS at the Hilltopper 32-yard line which led to a 12-yard TD run by Smith which gave Prescott its first lead 21-20. After Neuske's second TD of the second half, Prescott quickly drove down the field in a minute's time and saw Smith cap the drive with a 21-yard TD run. On the ensuing kick-off, the Redbirds' Nick Jacobsen nailed a hard squibb kick where the ball bounced off a Glenwood player and was recovered by PHS' Aric Sandvig. Prescott then ran off the clock to secure the one-point win.
Prescott also had a seven-yard TD pass from quarterback Bryan Early to Karl Stenerson in the fourth quarter as the lead weight came off their offense.
"Bryan did a great job managing the game," Smith said. "He made key throws when he had too and our line, even thought it's been decimated (by suspensions and injuries) played better in the second half opening holes for backs like Joe Smith and Mark Nahorniak."
Both players are seniors on a team with a lot of seniors.
"If there's one group of players that don't like to lose its seniors," Smith said. "It showed in this ballgame. They refused to let us go down and that attitude and leadership won us the ballgame."