Prairie City 58, Cove 12
PRAIRIE CITY - Over the years, football victories against Cove have been few and far between for the players and fans at Prairie City, but the Homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 4, made up for a lot of frustration.
In front of a large and enthusiastic crowd of loyal supporters, the Panthers took it to Cove right from the opening play and hammered the Leopards 58-12 in a game called at the 5:13 mark of the third quarter on the 45-point rule.
The victory upped Prairie City's Old Oregon League record to 2-1 and 4-1 overall, and kept the Panthers in the running for a post-season playoff berth.
Cove fell to 0-3 in the OOL and 1-4 overall.
"It's been a long time coming and a long time since we've beaten them," Prairie City coach Chris Wood said. "Tonight was a good win for us on Homecoming."
Joshua Munyon opened the scoring with 8:39 showing on the clock in the first quarter taking the ball in from 4 yards out. The conversion attempt failed, and the Panthers were up 6-0.
Jason Hagey answered with a 2-yard run for Cove at the 2:15 mark to tie the score but as the second quarter began, the Panthers' offensive machine began to roll.
Munyon scored four straight touchdowns in the second quarter on runs of 4, 48 and 28 yards, and hauled in a 6-yard scoring pass from Tyler Waggoner on a great one-handed catch at the goal line with 2:26 showing on the clock to give Prairie City a 36-6 lead.
Cove's Euell Macke scored on a 47-yard run with 57 seconds left in the quarter which turned out to be the Leopards' final touchdown of the game, but the Panthers answered when Waggoner connected with Ariel Winegar of a 45-yard pass just 22 seconds later to give Prairie City a 44-12 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Wood left the first team in the game and six-play, 50-yard drive capped by a 1-yard Josh Moulton run at the 9:15 mark made the score 52-12.
A 2-yard run by Waggoner finished off an 11-play drive and brought an end to the festivities with 5:13 remaining in the third quarter.
"We been down against Cove for a number of years, and they've thrown it in our faces at their house," Wood said. "Now it's our turn, and they can't take it. We were due for a good game after losing at Crane last week, and the kids played their hearts out tonight."
Munyon rushed for 196 yards on 15 carries good for six touchdowns to lead the Panthers who had 313 yards in total offense. Moulton netted 94 yards on 11 attempts and Waggoner passed for an additional 90 yards.
Prairie City has a tough game on Friday, hosting the undefeated Powder Valley Badgers who are the top-ranked Class 1A team in the state. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.