Prairie City stuns Condon in 54-12 rout

Prairie City running back Jeremiah Wheeler (No. 26) turns the corner for a nice gain in the Panthers' 54-12 victory over Condon on Friday, Sept. 6. The Eagle/TIM ADAMS

Prairie City def. Condon 54-12

PRAIRIE CITY - Impressive. The Prairie City High School football team staked Condon to a 6-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter of action in the opening non-league game for both squads, and then came back with 54 un-answered points to roll over the Blue Devils 54-12 to the cheers of the hometown fans at Don L. Parker Memorial Field on Friday, Sept. 5.

The Panthers and the Blue Devils played an even first quarter before quarterback Kyle Barnett scored on a 35-yard sneak up the middle to put Condon on the board 6-0.

After that, it was all Prairie City.

Jim Davis tied the score at the 10:33 mark of the second period on a 22-yard run, and Bill Rockhill hit R.J. Clingman with a pass for the 2-point conversion to put the Panthers in front to stay, 8-6.

"I didn't think we'd do what we did, handling them across the line on both sides of the ball," Prairie City coach Chris Wood said. "We talked about it before the game, and I told them if we were going to have any success it was going to be on the line."

The Panthers held the Blue Devils to three plays and out on their second possession of the period. After Gary Moulton returned the punt to the Condon 32-yard line, Rockhill ran for what appeared to be a 22-yard touchdown only to have the play called back on a holding penalty.

Prairie City ran four additional plays after the penalty before turning the ball over on downs deep in Condon territory.

On the first play from scrimmage, Clingman tackled Condon running back Jackson Price in the end zone for a safety and a 10-6 lead.

Davis returned the ensuing free kick to the Condon 7-yard line and the Panthers were back in business once again.

Rockhill gained 5 yards on a quarterback scramble and then punched the ball in from 2 yards out. Davis ran for the conversion giving the Panthers an 18-6 lead with 5:31 left.

"Our offensive line opened some holes and we had some good runs by our backs," Wood said. "We hit them hard on defense and were able to control the tempo of the game. They didn't have any passing, so we were able hang in there with our linebackers and defensive line and tangle up their running game. We were in a little better shape having played in the jamboree and I think they ran out of gas later on in the game. They have a good football team and they should be a force to be reckoned with this season."

Davis capped the 24-point second quarter scoring on a 39-yard run with 53 seconds showing on the clock, and the Panthers went into the break with a 24-6 lead.

Prairie City kept things rolling in the third quarter scoring on a two-play, 53-yard drive capped by a 45-yard touchdown run by Moulton to up the lead to 32-6.

On the ensuing kickoff, Rockhill went down with an injured ankle and Wood inserted Yazzie Voigt at quarterback.

With Voigt at the helm the Panthers never missed a beat and the sophomore threw touchdown passes to Greg Waggoner and Brandon Lovell of 52 and 49 yards on consecutive possessions to give Prairie City a 48-6 advantage.

Davis ran for 58 yards and a touchdown to open the fourth quarter, and the Panther defense held the Blue Devils in check until Barnett scored on a 1-yard run with 19 seconds remaining in the game.

Davis rushed for 148 yards on 10 carries scoring three touchdowns. Mouton was had 50 yards on three carries and scored a touchdown, and Brandon Lovell gained 30 yards on eight attempts.

Voigt passed for 101 yards and two touchdowns.

Barnett led Condon with 126 yards on 11 carries.

"We know what we need to do to get ready for Pine Eagle next week and I think we'll be ready," Wood said. "They gave us all we wanted at the jamboree last week and we've got to do a few things on defense, especially with our defensive ends."

Prairie City travels to Halfway to meet the Spartans on Saturday, Sept. 13. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

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