Wins have been hard to come by in recent years for the Prescott Cardinal football team. The last time that they had a winning record in the Middle Border conference was in 2013 when they were 4-3. The previous four seasons of MBC play Prescott has gone 3-25. Those years are in the past. In the ‘Fall Sports Preview’ paper Osceola Coach Scott Newton mentioned that Prescott returned many players from last year and that they had a great mix of size and speed and they had a new coach, former Osceola assistant Jordan Hansen. Prescott was just coming off of a 49-6 win over Altoona in a non-conference matchup when the Chieftains came visiting.
Osceola saw some of that size and speed from Prescott early on in the game as the Cardinals scored twice from long range in the first quarter on runs of 81 and 85 yards. Although the Chieftains never trailed in the game things were not comfortable for Osceola until very late in the contest.
“I thought we played very physical football,” Osceola Coach Scott Newton said. “Traveling to Prescott is never easy. Once we settled in we played great defense and created turnovers.”
It didn’t take long for Osceola to get their offense moving. After receiving the opening kickoff the Chieftains marched 53 yards in seven plays with Nick Carlson hitting pay dirt from four yards out to open up a 6-0 lead. Prescott immediately showed off their speed on their first drive and tied the game on an 81 yard burst by Aiden Russell on their second play from scrimmage.
Osceola regained the lead with another good TD march of nine running plays for 80 yards with Carlson getting his second of three touchdowns on a one yard blast. Carlson also had runs of 12 and 24 yards on the drive and Lucas Sedivy added another for 15. Once again the Cardinals quickly responded. After losing 14 yards on their first two running plays of the drive they hit the end zone with a long run of 85 yards by quarterback Grant Stanton on the last playoff the first quarter to knot things up at 13 points each.
Osceola then took a lead that they would not relinquish the rest of the game when quarterback Charlie Tronrud kept the ball on an option play and outraced the defenders for a 56 yard touchdown run. Osceola went into intermission with a 20-13 lead.
“Offensively, our offensive line did a very nice job verses a big and physical defensive line,” Newton said. “We are still growing and learning as a team. The MBC is an extremely tough and physical conference. How we practice transfers to the game.”
Perhaps the play of the game happened on the opening kickoff of the second half. Osceola kicked off and the ball seemed to be headed out of bounds at the 17 yard line but somehow stayed in play. The Chieftains alertly picked up the live pigskin and it was Osceola’s ball just 17 yards from pay dirt. Four plays later Carlson scored his third touchdown of the game, this time from five yards away, to build the Chieftain lead to 26-13. As it turned out it was the last scoring of the night for either team.
“Our kickoff team did a nice job of coverage and recovering the opening kickoff of the second half,” Newton remarked.
Osceola will try to make it two wins in a row this Friday when St. Croix Central comes to town. SCC is currently 2-1 in MBC play and 3-1 overall
“We needed a win over Prescott after our tough loss against Somerset to help bring energy back to the team,” Osceola senior Blake Jordan said. “Energy will be important for us this week in preparation for St. Croix Central and will be a deciding factor in the game.”