Somerset takes control early, beats Prescott gridders 40-17When Somerset High School quarterback Tyler Ledbetter connected with tight end Gailen Elmore for a 52-yard pass on the Spartans' first play from scrimmage, it was a sign the Spartans were serious abut avenging their only league loss from last season.
PRESCOTT - When Somerset High School quarterback Tyler Ledbetter connected with tight end Gailen Elmore for a 52-yard pass on the Spartans' first play from scrimmage, it was a sign the Somerset was serious abut avenging their only league loss from last season.
And avenge they did as Somerset routed Prescott 40-17 Friday at Laney Field.
The Spartans used the first half to build up 34-0 lead. They added one more score in the second half but Prescott was able to get points against the Spartan JV players to prevent the shut-out.
Somerset used big plays like Ledbetter's bomb to Elmore and a 60-plus-yard run by Gabe Frandrick on simple sweep play which set-up their first two scores. A fourth-down and five offsides penalty on the Cardinals kept alive another scoring drive in the first half.
"We made too many mistakes in the first half and had too many
breakdowns with assignments to give ourselves a chance to win," Prescott head coach Matt Smith said. "Somerset is very talented and skilled everywhere, they are very physical and took advantanage of our miscues. There's a reason they are ranked #1 in the state and they showed it tonight."
To perhaps best demonstrate this: Prescott's first first down of the game came just before halftime on a pass-interference penalty and they got another first down on a Sam Smith run to midfield. But a sack of quarterback Alex Helmer on a blitz, which injured his ribs, led to a tipped pass which was picked off by Somerset lineman Derek Berry and returned for a 40-yard TD with just seconds to go before then end of the first half.
Ledbetter scored on a 19-yard TD to start the second half. Vernon Berault scored twice for SHS on short-yard touchdowns set-up by the big plays in the first half. Flandrick scored on a seven-yard run as did Robbie Lang. Somerset rushed for 235 yards compared to 64 yards rushing on 25 carries. Smith led the way with 57 yards on 11 carries. PHS had just 51 yards passing in 11 attempts, almost the same as Somerset in two attempts.
Prescott's points came from Owen Schommer on a 22-yard field goal; a 25-yard run by Sam Smith and a 17-yard TD pass from Payton Bartsch to Alex Stuhl. Schommer also made two extra points.
"We played well at times, but not consistently enough for us to compete
with them," Smith said. "We must learn from this game and move forward in the MBC as we are capable of doing some really good things this year."
Prescott hosts New Richmond next Friday.
Scoring for the Cardinals in the second half were