Non-league football: Prairie 23, Rainier (Ore.) 20



Jacob Austin threw two touchdown passes and the Prairie defense came up with a key late stop to preserve a non-league win at Rainier, Ore.

"Rainier has a tradition of being a physical, powerful team, and it was a physical game," Prairie coach Terry Hyde said. "Our defense did a great job of shutting down their running game."

Austin completed touchdown passes of 15 yards to Jason Bracken and 12 yards to Mario Gonzalez sandwiched around a defensive safety as the Falcons built a 16-0 first-quarter lead.

After Rainier cut the deficit to 16-14, Justin Pena's 1-yard TD run widened the Falcons' lead.

Trailing 23-20, Rainier had the ball at midfield with inside of minute to play in the fourth quarter with the chance to tie or take the lead when sophomore Taylor Martin intercepted a pass and returned it to the Rainier 10.

The Falcons ran out the clock from there.


Prairie 16 0 0 7--23

Rainier 0 6 0 14--20

First quarter

P -- Jason Bracken 15 pass from Jacob Austin (Max Reimer kick)

P -- Safety, Rainier player tackled in the end zone

P -- Mario Gonzalez 12 pass from Austin (Max Reimer kick)

Second quarter

R -- touchdown (kick failed)

Fourth quarter

R -- touchdown (run good)

P -- Justin Pena 1 run (Reimer kick)

R -- touchdown (kick failed)

Individual statistics

RUSHING -- Prairie -- Austin 6-13, Tyler Duncan 3-13, Nick Gawley 2-21, Colton Prestwich 1-11, Justin Pena 8-14.

PASSING -- Prairie -- Austin 11-28-2-159.

RECEIVING -- Prairie -- Bracken 4-81, Preston Brooks 1-7, Mario Gonzalez 2-17, Gawley 4-40.