PRAIRIE CITY - Coming off one tough contest, the Prairie City High School Panthers face yet another tough game this weekend in Crane.
Prairie City lost 20-58 to the Adrian Antelopes last Friday, Oct. 15. Adrian is No. 2 in the 1A High Desert League, with a 4-0 conference record.
"We played a really good Adrian team," said coach Scott Hoberg. "We started out little bit sluggish and fell behind, but we played well and were only down 20-22 at the end of the third quarter. We had the momentum going."
But then came injuries that took both Brady Doty and Cole Hoberg out of the game.
"That took the wind out of our sails, and we could just see, the momentum went away. Once that happened, Adrian pretty much controlled the rest of the game," Hoberg said. "We did some good things, they did some good things. It must have been an exciting game to watch."
While still trying in the fourth quarter, Adrian showed its depth. It's a school with a larger enrollment, and as a result, a bigger roster, Hoberg said.
"We played well with them. We didn't outplay them, but surely hung in with them well," he said. "We just couldn't get through four quarters with them."
The Panthers next face Crane, on the Mustangs' home field this Friday, Oct. 22. Crane is in the top spot in the league right now, undefeated and 4-0 in league.
"Crane has a strong program," said Hoberg. "We will go down there and give it our best effort."
The Eagle/Cheryl Hoefler
Right photo: Prairie City's Brady Doty strides toward the goal line during last week's bout with the Adrian Antelopes.