CRANE – Prairie City High School sophomore Tucker Billman scored the first touchdown of his high school career last Friday, Oct. 22, when the Panthers played the Crane Mustangs.

Billman, a defensive safety and offensive running back, caught the 30-yard pass to put 6 points on the board.

Unfortunately, the Mustangs put on 66 of their own.

“Crane is a really good football team, very sound. They have a lot of players. Basically, they just took it to us right away, and I give Crane a lot of credit for the victory,” said Prairie City coach Scott Hoberg.

“With a team like Crane, you have to play your best to win,” he added, “and we really didn’t play very well. We had some good individual efforts, but as a team we never really gave ourself a chance to play them.”

After coping with several injuries the previous week, all the Prairie City athletes were back in action. 

Hoberg has laid out the team’s goal for the end of the season. 

“We are really trying to commit to finishing off the year 6-3,” he said. “We have to win these last two games so we can have a good record, the same as last year. Because our schedule’s been a lot harder this year, if we can do that, we’ll know we’ve been an improved team this year.”

This Friday, Oct. 29, is the final home game for the Panthers. They play Harper-Huntington at 2 p.m.

The Panthers will kick off with Jordan Valley next Friday, Nov. 5.

After last Friday’s game, Prairie City sits in the fourth place spot in the league at 1-3, and No. 16 in the Oregon State Activities Association power rankings.

Grant County opponent Dayville-Monument is right above them at No. 3 in the High Desert League, and No. 10 in the OSAA rankings.

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