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Linn-Mar Pounds Prairie 66-36

Linn-Mar(5-0, 3-0) used a balance attack and a strong inside presence Friday night to defeat Prairie(1-5, 0-3) 66-36 in a conference match up at Linn-Mar.  Josh Montague led all scorers with 15 points, Matt Bohannon and Ian McBrayer each scored 14, and Marcus Paige dropped in 10 as the Lions took advantage of their size to control the paint.  Linn-Mar took control immediately as they led 32-9 at the end of the first quarter.

“Our big guys really played well tonight.  They were tough inside and the got out and ran well too,” said Linn-Mar Head Coach Chris Robertson.  “We did a nice job with the ball when we settled into our half court offense,” added Coach Robertson.

Matt Jantzen and Brandon Lafferty led the Hawks with 8 points a piece in a game that got away from Prairie early on.

“Our players are learning, they competed and played with intensity.  We need to be more patient and efficient on offense, but that will come with confidence,” explained Prairie Head Coach James Moses.

Linn-Mar has a quick turn-around as they host Mount Pleasant tomorrow night at the Cedar Rapids Cellular Center.  Prairie is off until after the winter break.

PRAIRIE  (36): Frazier 2 1-2 5, Kehoe 1 1-2 3, Bradford 1 0-0 2, Jantzen 2 3-3 8, MacDougall 2 0-0 4, Boots 1 0-0 3, Lafferty 3 2-2 8, Goodale 0 0-0 0, Eilers 0 0-0 0, Rasmussen 0 0-0 0, Dellamuth 0 0-0 0, Aune 0 1-2 1, Hilgenkamp 1 0-0 2. Totals 13 8-11 36.

LINN-MAR (66): Thul 2 0-0 4, Paige 5 0-0 10, Bohannon 5 2-3 14, McBrayer 7 0-0 14, Montague 4 7-7 15, Krusie 1 1-2 3, Gogg 1 0-2 2, Lassen 1 0-0 2, Henry 1 0-0 2, Lancial 0 0-0 0, Soyer 0 0-0 0, Gentzler 0 0-0 0, Malone 0 0-0 0, Hutchins 0 0-0 0.Totals 27 10-14 66.

Halftime – Linn-Mar 48 Prairie 20.  3-point goals – Prairie 2 (Boots 1, Jantzen 1), Linn-Mar 2 (Bohannon 2).  Fouled out: none

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Stokes’ 29 Leads Linn-Mar Past Prairie

The Prairie Hawks had no answer for Kiah Stokes and the Linn-Mar Lions tonight in the Linn-Mar gym.  Linn-Mar (9-0, 5-0) hammered the Hawks (2-5, 1-4) 52-23.

Stokes dominated the lane with 14 field goals in the paint to go with 11 rebounds, and five blocked shots.  Sophomore guard Mykaela Brandt hlped out with 7 points.  Mackenzie Blaha and Shelby Crist each had 5 points to lead Prairie.

“We’re trying to get better every game so we need to learn that we have to play at our level every night and we didn’t always do that tonight,” said Linn-Mar Head Coach Michael Brandt.  “We took advantage of what they were letting us do, but we have to be ready to take our shots,” added Coach Brandt.

“Our kids work hard and that makes them a great team to coach, but tonight was a learning experience for us,” said Prairie Head Coach Steve Doser in summing up his teams performance.

Next up, Linn-Mar hosts Iowa City West on Tuesday night. The Hawks next outing is also on Tuesday and home against Pleasant Valley.

PRAIRIE  (23): Carver 1 0-0 2, A.Weiland 0 0-0 0, K.Weiland 1 0-0 2, Blaha 2 0-0 5, Dellamuth 1 0-0 3, Crist 2 1-2 5, McCrary 1 0-0 2, Yanecek 1 0-0 2, Hutchins 0 0-0 0, Carney 0 2-2 2. Totals 9 3-4 23.

LINN-MAR (52): Brandt 2 3-3 7, Thrune 1 0-0 2, Karr 2 1-4 5, Eells 1 0-0 3, Stokes 14 1-2 29, Major 0 0-0 0, Martins 2 0-0 4, Strauel 1 0-1 2, Cheatham 0 0-0 0, Seckman 0 0-0 0, Koelker 0 0-0 0, Sherwood 0 0-0 0.  Totals 23 5-10 52.

Halftime – Linn-Mar 33 Prairie 9.  3-point goals – Prairie 2 (Blaha 1 Dellamuth 1), Linn-Mar 1 (Eells 1).  Fouled out.  Prairie: Dellamuth.

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Kennedy Controls Xavier 59-41

Kennedy (3-0, 1-0) used an intense defense and dominated the boards throughout the third quarter of their conference opener with Xavier (0-3, 0-1) at Kennedy Friday night.  The effort allowed the Cougars to double its seven point halftime lead and take control of the game.  Building on their third quarter charge, Kennedy went on to defeat the Saints 59-41.

The first half saw both team use lots of players and show streaks of inconsistency.  Four first half 3-pointers kept the game close for the Saints as they went into the break down 31-24.

“The third quarter was the key for us, that’s when we opened it up,” said Kennedy Head Coach Bob Fontana.  “We make it a point of emphasis to own the paint and we did that in the second half.  We also need to make sure our young guards understand offensive flow,” Fontana added.

“We were happy with our patience on offense and our intensity; we just had too many lapses of inconsistency.  We failed to execute at critical times in the game,” said Xavier Head Coach Matt Jenkins.

“In the second half, we played much better help defense and that helped us on offense too,” said Cougar swing man Kyle Lamaak.  “I do what ever we need me to do and tonight I had to crash the boards,” Lamaak added.

Jacob Manning knocked down 15 points, Kyle Lamaak added 14 points, and Christian French contributed 10 for the Cougars.  These three controlled the paint and the game for the Kennedy.

“Manning was tough for us to match up with,” said coach Jenkins.

“They put a lot of different guys on me and they were physical, trying to keep me off the blocks, but my jump shot was working and that really helped,” explained Manning.

“Helping each other out and hitting the boards are stressed in drills at practice and we transitioned those drills into the game tonight.” said French.

Ben McDermott lead the Saints with 11 points while Carter Valentine and Mitch McLaughlin added 8 and 7 respectively.

Xavier host West Des Moines Dowling tomorrow night and Kennedy’s next game is Dubuque Senior at home next Tuesday.

Xavier (3-0) took Kennedy (2-1) in the sophomore game 36-27.

Xavier (41): McLaughlin 1 0-1 7, Hosch 2 0-1 3, Dunkirk 2 0-0 4, Ropp 2 1-2 6, Mattke 2 1-2 5, McDermott 4 0-0 11, Valentine 3 2-4 8, Clasen 0 0-0 0, Mains 0 0-0 0, Frazier 0 0-0 0, Kokontis 1 0-0 2, Saints 19 4-10 41

Kennedy 59: Manning 6 3-5 15, Fuller 0 0-0 0, Lamaak 6 2-4 14, Coleman 3 0-0 7, French 4 2-5 10, Misener 1 2-4 4, Dixon 0 0-0 0, Heitland 1 1-2 3, Christians 1 2-3 4, Jahlas 1 0-0 2, Ellsworth 0 0-0 0, Bell 0 0-0 0, Hayden 0 0-0 0, Bolden 0 0-0 0, Goodall 0 0-0 0, Rhoads 0 0-0 0, Cougars 23 12-23 59.

Halftime- Kennedy 32 Xavier 24. 3-point goals: Xavier 6 (McLaughlin 1, Hosch 1, Ropp 1, McDermott 3). Kennedy 1 (Coleman 1).  Fouled out: Xavier Clasen Kennedy Dixon

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Clear Creek Amana Outlasts Marion 47-45

The Clippers of Clear Creek Amana (1-4) scored the last five points of the game to hold off Marion (1-3) in hard fought 47-45 WaMaC Conference game at Marion Tuesday night.  A seesaw tussle saw Marion control the first quarter, the Clippers lead at the half, a tie after three quarters, and the Clippers taking the game in the final minute

Despite 29 fouls and three players fouling out, Marion battled right down to the wire.

“We play aggressive basketball,” explained Marion Head Coach Brian O’Donnell.  “We just gave up to many easy shots and second shots tonight,” added Coach O’Donnell.

Caitlin Wnek of Clear Creek Amana hit three 3-pointers and led all scorers with 18 points while Sam Heinze added 9, and Sam Thurn contributed 8.  Micaela Combs led Marion with 13 points, Beth Knapp had 12, and Leah Smith chipped in with 9.

“We did a fine job defending the post, but Clear Creek had the size inside to control the boards for too many second shots.  Paige Perkins was fighting fouls all night and she needs to understand that we need to have her on the floor,” said Coach O’Donnell.

“We sure can’t complain about our shot opportunities, but we just had too many defensive breakdowns, too many fouls, and we put them on the free throw line too often,” added Coach O’Donnell.

Marion travels to play Vinton Shellsburg Friday, December 10.

CLEAR CREEK AMANA (47): Strub 1 0-5 2, Wnek 4 7-10 18, Fligg 1 1-2 3, Mardesen 1 1-4 3, Heinze 3 3-4 9, Garin 0 0-0 0, Walls 0 2-2 2, Mougin 1 0-2 2, Thurn 2 3-4 8.  Totals 13 17-33 47.

MARION (45): Smith 4 0-0 9, Combs 5 2-5 13, J. Kramer 0 1-2 1, K. Kramer 2 1-2 5, Perkins 0 2-2 2, Knapp 4 2-4 12, Scott 1 1-1 3, Deeney 0 0-0 0, Timp 0 0-0 0.  Totals 16 9-16 45.

Halftime – Clear Creek Amana 24 – Marion 19.  3-point goals – CCA 4 (Wnek 3,

Thurn 1), Marion 4 (Knapp 2, Combs 1, Smith 1).  Fouled out.  Marion:  J. Kramer, K. Kramer, Knapp.

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Jefferson Nips Prairie 46-43

With just under a minute to go Danielle Stromert hit two free throws to put Jefferson up by one and on the next possession she hit two more to ice a 46-43 home victory over Prairie.

Each half was a different game.  In the first half the Prairie Hawks dominated every phase of the game; they were clearly the more aggressive team.  Prairie led at the quarter 8-2 and at the half 25-9.  In the second half the J-Hawks played a much more disruptive defense, dominated the boards, ran their offense with more composure, and hit their free throws to put it away.  The defense on both teams was a force difficult to reckon with.  Jefferson ended with 31 turnovers and Pririe had 21.

The J-Hawks were led in scoring  by Taylor Jacobson with 12 second half points and 15 overall.  Rachel Broghammer, and Britteny Steffeny each contributed 8 points, 6 each in the second half.  Stromer’s only 4 points came in the last minute, and not a minute too soon.

“When I got to the line, I just knew I needed to make them.  I work on free throws every day in practice and it paid off,” said Stromert.  “We just hustled more in the second half and I knew I had to have them,” added Stromert.

Alisa Weiland of Prairie led all scorers with 18 points and Madison Dellamuth added 13.  Dellamuth seemed to be the most composed player on the floor for either team and when she went down with a cramp in the last minute it certainly didn’t help the Prairie cause.

“Delamuth is amazing.  She sees the floor so well and she did a tremendous job running the team.  Weiland’s fantastic shooting opened up our offense, and Katie Weiland and Carver worked so hard on the inside.  We played with great effort, it’s that third quarter that is causing us problems,” explained Prairie Head Coach Steve Doser.

“They out performed us in every part of the game. We were blown out of the gym in that first half,” said J-Hawk Head Coach Larry Niemeyer.  “In the second half we hustled on defense, we blocked out on the boards, and ran our offense.  We dug our selves out of a deep hole,” explained Niemeyer.

Next up for the J-Hawks (2-1, 2-0) is non-conference opponent Keokuk and for Prairie (1-3, 0-2) it’s conference foe Cedar Falls.

Jefferson’s sophomore won the early contest by a 57-42 margin.  Cyerra Hutchins scored 19 points for Prairie as did Madeline Koolbeck for Jefferson.

PRAIRIE (43): Yanecek 0 0-0 0, Carver 1 1-2 3, Crist 3 0-1 6, A. Weiland 7 0-1 18, K. Wieland 1 0-0 2, McCrary 0 1-2 1, Blaha 0 0-0 0, Dellamuth 3 6-8 13. Totals 15 8-14 43.

JEFFERSON (46): Davidson 1 0-0 3, Stromert 0 4-6 4, Blietz 0 0-0 0, Madsen 1 0-0 2, Jacobson 4 6-8 15, Broghammer 4 0-3 8, Steffeny 4 0-0 8, Koolbeck 1 2-2 4,

Halftime —Prairie 25 – Jefferson 9. 3-point goals — Prairie 5 (A.Weiland 4, Dellamuth 1), Jefferson 4 (Jacobson 3, Davidson 1).  Fouled out.  Jefferson Broghammer

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It Was All Jefferson

The Jefferson J-Hawks opened their basketball season with an overpowering 75-20 victory against the Clinton River Kings Tuesday night at the Jefferson gym.

The J-Hawks put together a stifling defensive effort that created turnover after turnover.  They allowed only 10 points in the first half, held Clinton to zero points in the third quarter, and finished only giving 20 points for the game.  Jefferson used an aggressive half-court man-to-man as their base defense, offered up a disruptive press, and flashed an occasional zone.

The J-Hawks also provided a solid offensive demonstration, taking advantage of the many Clinton turnovers.  Jarrod Uthoff controlled the boards and ended up with 29 points.  Alec Saunders and Tyler Meiborg chipped in with 13 and 12 respectively. Devon Douglas led the River Kings with 12.

“We have specific fundamentals that we work on in every practice and this game gave us the opportunity to see what we have learned,” explained Jefferson Head Coach Stu Ordman.  “We did well on some and we need to improve on some others,” continued Coach Ordman.  “We really need to smooth out our offense and improve our decision-making,” added Coach Ordman.

The new mercy rule for Iowa high school basketball was in effect for the entire second half.  The new rule made the game go quickly, but seemed to leave something to be desired.  Clinton, missing four bench players due to disciplinary action was not unhappy with the rule.

“It’s the new rule, so we go with it,” said Clinton Head Coach Nick Lawrence during the game along the bench area.

“I didn’t like it” said Coach Ordman, speaking of the new rule.  It gives you no chance to get some court time for the seven through 15 players on your roster,” Ordman finished.

Jefferson (1-0) hosts Davenport North on December 4, while Clinton goes on to host Prince of Peace Prep School on December 3.

Jacob Olson’s 25 points and Layne Sullivan’s 17 paced the Jefferson sophomores to a decisive 86-41 win preceding the varsity contest.

CLINTON (20): Devan Douglas 5 2-2 12, Andrew Temperly 0 1-2 1, Patrick Hess 0 1-2 1,  Blake Pennock 1 0-0 2, Christian Rowan 1 2-2 4

JEFFERSON (75): Tyler Meiborg 4 2-2 12, Ky Kramer 0 0-0 0, Taylor Olson 1 1-2 3, Alec Saunders 6 1-3 13, Jarrod Uthoff 12 5-6 29, Alex Brown 1 0-0 2, Alex Larson 1 0-0 3, Michael Rooney 1 2-2 4, Alex Heying 2 0-0 4, Tyler Hemphill 1 0-0 2, Taylor Mueller 0 0-0 0, Joseph Kelly 1 0-0 3, Nathan Selberg 0 0-0 0, Austin Goodell 0 0-0 0, Taylor Steckler 0 0-0 0

Halftime – Jefferson 45, Clinton 10. 3-point goals: Clinton 0, Jefferson 4 (Meiborg 2, Larson 1, Kelly 1).

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Grinnell blanks Marion, 10-0

By Don Taylor

Metro Sport Report

MARION – Turnovers and missed opportunities proved be the difference at Thomas Park Field Wednesday night.

Grinnell defeated Marion, 10-0, in a first round Class 3A playoff game.

Marion (7-3) had two crucial fumbles, a field goal that hit the left upright, an interception and three critical dropped passes.  Grinnell (8-2) also played a strong and opportunistic defense.

Marion battled bad field position for most of the first half, which ended with Grinnell holding a 7-0 lead.  Jordan Ferch’s 23-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter provided the Tigers’ points.

Marion’s only scoring opportunity of the first half came about when Grinnell lost a fumble in its own territory.  But Curran Lippsett’s field goal attempt as time was running out in the half hit the left upright and bounced back onto the field.

Tyler Fisher’s 46-yard run keyed a Marion drive that pushed into Grinnell territory midway through the third quarter.  But the drive ended when Marion lost a fumble on the Grinnell 24 and the Tigers’ Trent Baker scooped up the loose ball and returned it to the Indians 17.

Nathan Criswell kicked a 28-yard field goal to put Grinnell up 10-0.

Marion had another scoring chance with 9:56 left in the game when Trev Biery recovered an errant pitch in Grinnell territory.  The offense failed to omplete a wide-open pass play on 4th down.

Grinnell thwarted another Marion scoring chance when the Tigers’ Zach Hendricks picked off a pass at the Grinnell 20-yard line.

“The kids bounced back and played hard after last week and I knew they would because they practiced hard all week,” Marion Coach Tony Perkins said.  “We gave them a short field a lot and turnovers just killed us.”

Ferch led the way for Grinnell gaining 115 yards in 26 carries.  Baker had 42 yards rushing and completed 2-of-7 passes for 17 yards. Blake Scurr added 42 yards rushing.

Colton Storla had 59 yards in 15 carries for Marion.  Fisher completed 4-of-14 passes for 29 yards and had 43 yards rushing.  Marion suffered a blow on both sides of the ball when senior Dusty Albaugh suffered a separated shoulder in first quarter.

“We had a great group of seniors on this team and we had a lot of young kids get a lot of playing experience,” Perkins said. “It’s disappointing that the season is over.”


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City High of Iowa City Dumps Cedar Rapids Prairie 41-14

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Don Taylor and his partners are forming a new web-site company that will be devoted to covering high school sports in Cedar Rapids and Marion.  The company will be called the Metro Sports Report and will become the leading source of prep sports information in our area.  We will provide thorough coverage of all 21 sports at Jefferson, Kennedy, Washington, Prairie, Xavier, Linn-Mar, and Marion once the web-site is launched later this year. In the meantime, please enjoy the football game stories that we’ll be posting on our personal Metro Sports Report blogs this season.

Head Coach Craig Jelinek was coaching in his final game at Prairie, but it was all Iowa City tonight in Mississippi Valley action at John Wall Field.  City High rushed for 409 yards and passed for another 187 and overwhelmed Prairie 41-14.  The win gave the Little Hawks and undefeated regular season at 9-0 while Prairie finished at 2-7.

“The kids played hard, they enjoy the game, and each other.  There were a lot of tears and the end of the night,” said coach Jelinek.  “There is nothing really positive about a loss, we’d rather win, but City High is a good team” Jelinek continued.

Andrew McNulty rushed eight times for 69 yards and passed for another 187 and three touch downs to lead the way for Iowa City.  Cedric Readus added 141 yards rushing and two touch downs in just seven carries.   Jasper Washington led the receivers for City High with three catches for 89 yards and a touchdown.  The Little Hawk defense held Prairie to only three first downs in the first half.  The score at the break was 34-0.

Chaz Boots managed a couple of drives in the second half and connected with Thomas Frieden on a 14 yard touch down pass early in the fourth quarter and Tanner Riley added the extra point to make the score 41-7.  The second touch down was set up when Nate Meyer picked up a City High fumble on the Prairie 8 yard line and rumbled to the Iowa City 21 yard line.  Six plays later Dakota Day scored from the one and Riley added the point making in 41-14.

“The ball was just there on the ground and I picked up and ran as fast as I could, but they finally caught me; it did set up a score though,” said Meyer

Boots was 13-21 passing with 128 yards and a touch down.  Day ended up the leading rusher with 39 yards in 10 carries and a touch down.  Sam Joens was Prairie’s leading receiver with four catches for 39 yards.

“I like throwing the ball to Sam, he’s a big body and I trust him to go get it,” said Boots of his favorite target.  “Things didn’t really go the way that we wanted them to tonight, but we did the best we could,” said Boots.

Coach Jelinek has been reluctant to talk about this being his last season all year, but was recognized by the school with a trophy presentation and the company of many of his past players.

“I got to go out on my own,” he said, “and that doesn’t happen that often anymore”  “I’ve got lots of things I want to do and as my wife and I transition, we will have the time to do them,” added Jelinek.

As he raised his hand to acknowledge the applause and cheers, I still recognized the young coach I competed against way back in the 70’s when he was a Central Lee and I was at WACO.  Then, as it was tonight, Chuck and Noreen, his mom and dad, were there to support their son.  I hope you enjoyed your last dance my friend.

The Prairie Sophomore team dropped their game to City High tonight by a score of 46-29.  Zach Scovel had 90 yards on 6 carries and a touch down for Prairie, who finished the season 5-4

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Prairie pounds winless J-Hawks

Editor’s note: Don Taylor and his partners are forming a new web-site company that will be devoted to covering high school sports in Cedar Rapids and Marion.  The company will be called the Metro Sports Report and will become the leading source of prep sports information in our area.  We will provide thorough coverage of all 21 sports at Jefferson, Kennedy, Washington, Prairie, Xavier, Linn-Mar, and Marion once the web-site is launched later this year. In the meantime, please enjoy the football game stories that we’ll be posting on our personal Metro Sports Report blogs this season.

By Don Taylor

Metro Sports Report

The Prairie football team picked up its second win in two weeks Friday night, beating winless Jefferson, 35-7, at Kingston Stadium. 

Leading, 7-0, Prairie (2-5) scored 21 points in the second quarter to blow the game open.

Prairie got on the board first with a 62-yard touchdown pass from Chaz Boots to Sam Joens.  Tanner Riley add the point and it was 7-0.

Prairie put three touchdowns on the board in the second quarter.  Boots hit Joens for a 32-yard touchdown pass with 11:16 left in the half. With 2:08 remaining, Boots completed a 14-yard screen play to Jacob Van Winkle for a touchdown.  The following kickoff was fumbled by the J-Hawks and recovered by Nate Meyer for Prairie on the Jefferson 22-yard line.  Boots finished the drive with a 6-yard dash to the corner of the end zone.  Riley added all the extra points, giving Prairie a 28-0 halftime lead.

Riley added a touchdown in the second half on a 9-yard run up the middle and tagged on the extra point to complete the scoring for the Hawks.  Jefferson (0-7) got on the board with 1:12 left in the game.  Tanner Unkel scored on a 1-yard dive and Andrew Patience added the extra point to make it 35-7.

Jefferson junior quarterback Alex Baxter rushed 18 times for 108 yards and Unkel added 89 yards in 21 carries as Jefferson rushed for 206 yards on 42 carries.

“Our line did a nice job of making some creases for us to get some yards on the ground and Baxter and Unkel got some on their own with some smart cutbacks as well,” said Jefferson Coach Jim Womochil.

While the J-Hawks got some yards on the ground, the Prairie defense held Jefferson to just 3-of-12 passing for three yards and forced four turnovers.

“We intended to open up a little bit on offense tonight and it went well,” said Prairie Coach Craig Jelinek.  “Chaz threw well and we caught the ball well.”

Boots completed 10–of-15 passes for 183 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for another score.

“The line really protected tonight.  I felt in control.  I was able to focus and get out on the edge.  It felt great,” said Boots.

Boots connected with DeMetrius Harper on four passes for 48 yards and to Joens on three for 110 yards and two touchdowns.  The second Joens touchdown saw him refuse to be tackled on the 10 and take into the end zone.

“Chaz threw some nice balls tonight. It was great to break that tackle and score.  We have just been pulling together and it felt good to get two touchdowns” said Joens.

“We’ve stayed together; that’s what teams’ do,” said Jelinek. “This has really been a tough schedule and it says a lot about our character to know that they have kept working this hard.  This was a physical, complete game success for us, and when I’m done these are the times I’ll miss the most.”

Prairie is on the road next week to play at Dubuque Hempstead and Jefferson travels to Xavier.

Prairie won the sophomore game 7-3 in a defensive struggle.  Prairie’s lone score was a Jace Hanna to Jarred Edmonds 8 yard pass in the second quarter.  Adam Kueny added the extra point and that was all the Hawks needed to extend their record to 4-3.

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