Jesse Zalk had a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter, but the potent Prairie offense struggled against Meadowdale in a Class 3A state preliminary game.
The Falcons (6-4) led 7-0 with about four minutes left in the first half when Kyler Larsen scored on a 3-yard run. The conversion kick was blocked as Prairie held a 7-6 lead.
But the Falcons couldn’t get much going and punted back to the Mavericks (10-0), who drove downfield to take a 12-7 halftime lead on another 3-yard run by Larsen.
The third quarter was the Kyle Newsom show. The Mavs took the opening kickoff, drove downfield and scored on a 2-yard run by Newsom.
The Falcons fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Meadowdale recovered, setting up a 3-yard TD run by Newsom.
Later in the third quarter, Newsom broke free on a 71-yard TD run.
MEADOWDALE 33, PRAIRIE 7
Prairie 7 0 0 0—7
Meadowdale 0 12 21 0—33
P — Jesse Zalk 70 punt return (Max Riemer kick)
M — Kyler Larsen 3 run (kick blocked)
M — Kyler Larsen 3 run (pass faield)
M — Kyle Newsom 2 run (kick good)
M — Kyle Newsom 3 run (kick good)
M — Kyle Newsom 71 run (kick good)