Prairie ran for 318 yards and limited Heritage to 59 yards in the second half at McKenzie Stadium.
Two Falcons ran for more than 150 yards in the win, dominating time of possession in the second half by holding the ball for all but two minutes in the final two quarters.
“It was a bit sloppy in the first half but the O-line absolutely dominated tonight. Big credit to them,” Falcons quarterback Thor Stepina said.
Stepina ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns in a game that saw the Falcons throw the ball just 11 times. Alex Ford led Prairie with 176 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Aiden Miller had 91 yards receiving for Heritage, including a 10-yard touchdown on a back-shoulder fade from Khalil Osbin to cut the Prairie lead to 25-20 with 3:06 to play. It was part of a late rally that also included a 60-yard fumble return touchdown by LaDaimien McCord but the Timberwolves never got the ball back as Prairie leaned on its rushing attack to end the game.
PRAIRIE 25, HERITAGE 20
Prairie 6 6 6 7—25
Heritage 0 6 0 14—20
P — Thor Stepina 84 run (run failed)
H — Kedyn Bolds 29 run (pass failed)
P — Stepina 9 run (run failed)
P — Alex Ford 3 run (pass failed)
H — LaDaimien McCord 60 fumble return (Pablo Barbosa Sanchez kick)
P — Ford 27 run (Braeden Slamp kick), 3:42
H — Aiden Miller pass from Khalil Osbin (Sanchez kick)
RUSHING — Prairie, Alex Ford 25-176, Thor Stepina 24-150, Pierson Lamah 2-(minus 4), Ryder Troxel 1-(minus 4). Heritage, Aiden Miller, 5-65, Kedyn Bolds 7-59, LaDaimien McCord 5-3, Khalil Osbin 1-(minus 7).
PASSING — Prairie, Thor Stepina 5-11-0-17. Heritage, Khalil Osbin 5-14-1-77, LaDaimien McCord 1-1-0-23.
RECEIVING — Prairie, Ethan Cabral 2-12, Grayson Weber 1-4, Israel Duncan 1-1, Nathan Phingphouvagh 1-0. Heritage, Aiden Miller 4-91, LaDaimien McCord 1-7, Jack Warren 1-2.