Panthers play 'most complete game'

<I>The Eagle/Cheryl Hoefler</I><BR>Prairie City gridiron players continue to show their strength on the field. They'll continue their season with a league game next week versus Adrian.

SPRAY - The Prairie City High School football team blew past the Mitchell/Spray Loggers, 60-6, last Friday, Oct. 1, at Spray.

"It was the most complete game we've played this year. Offensively, defensively and special teams, we're continuing to improve," said coach Scott Hoberg.

And that's good, since the Panthers have two big opponents coming up: No. 2-ranked Adrian on Friday, Oct. 15, and No. 1-ranked Crane on Friday, Oct. 22.

"Except for one big play (by Mitchell/Spray), we pretty much contained the whole game defensively," said Hoberg. Senior Justin Gillihan led with 10 tackles, and sophomore Cole Hoberg had nine tackles. The team rushed for more than 400 yards on offense.

"Our passing game is becoming consistent and is in good shape. Junior Brady Doty, quarterback, is throwing well, our receivers are catching the ball," Hoberg added.

In the game, every player got time on the field, he said, adding, "Everybody played well."

Doty and running backs Sawyer Schulze and Hoberg each scored two touchdowns. Running back Marshall Mecham and end Will Mercado, both seniors, each took the ball into the end zone once.

This week, the team has a bye, which is perfect timing, said coach Hoberg.

Although no one is injured, players have the opportunity to recover a bit and focus on conditioning as they prepare for their upcoming games.

"It's an opportunity to get a little ahead for our next opponents," he added.

Because it will be Homecoming Week when they face Adrian, Prairie City team members will be able to spend some time this week preparing for school activities.

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