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Prescott football disposes of Spooner, face Somerset next

Prescott's Nick Opdahl breaks through the Spooner line and starts pressuring Spooner's Gavin Anderson during the fourth quarter. Opdahl ended up sacking Anderson in the end zone for a safety (Photos by Jason Schulte). 2 / 3
Prescott's Jack Geiger looks to avoid the Spooner tackle during the first half of Saturday's game. 3 / 3

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.

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."

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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