QC overcomes early deficit to defeat Prairiland, 20-14
The Queen City Bulldogs were at home last Friday night to take on the Prairiland Patriots.
The Bulldogs looked to continue their success from a dominant performance over Cushing in the previous week. Prairiland looked to bounce back from a loss at home against DeKalb.
The Bulldogs began the game on offense but turned the ball over with an interception near midfield.
The Patriots were flagged for a block in the back on the play and as a result began their first drive on their own 27-yard line.
The Patriots gained one first down but had to punt after defensive back T.J. Stagner made a play to break up a pass on third-and-eight.
Queen City took over inside their own 20-yard line and was also forced to punt on its first drive. A bobbled snap caused Josue Rea to scramble before kicking the ball to the Patriots’ 47-yard line.
The Prairiland offense came to life on its next drive, effectively moving the ball down the field and scoring on a two-yard run with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter. The PAT was good and the Patriots led 7-0.
The Bulldogs continued their offensive struggles on the next drive as Prairiland forced another Queen City punt in a fourth-and-long situation. The Patriots took over on offense at their own 30-yard line.
Prairiland went on to score another touchdown on the eighth play of the drive.
The Patriots’ quarterback pitched to the running back for a 12-yard sprint to the end zone.
The PAT was successful and Prairiland increased its lead to 14 with 6:33 remaining in the first half.
On the ensuing kickoff, Queen City found itself with great field position. Kemya Hicks returned the kick to the Bulldogs’ 42-yard line and Queen City was granted an additional 15 yards due to a horse collar penalty.
On the second play of the drive, Hicks took the handoff and darted 26 yards for the first Queen City touchdown of the night. The PAT was no good and the Bulldogs trailed, 14-6, with five and half minutes left in the first half.
Prairiland attempted to put a long drive together on its next possession, even refusing to punt on fourth down-and-18.
This would prove to be a mistake on the Patriots’ part as defensive lineman Austin Lowe wrapped the quarterback up for a loss and a turnover on downs.
With just over a minute left in the first half Queen City wasted no time in finding the end zone for its second touchdown of the game.
On second down-and-10, Isaiah Stiger took the pitch from Dylan Scott and outran everyone to the end zone for a 60-yard score.
The Bulldogs were unsuccessful on the two point conversion and trailed, 14-12, going into half time.
The second half began with Prairiland on offense. After driving the ball down to the QC 12-yard line the Patriots called on their field goal kicker to widen the lead. The kick was not high enough to make it over the lineman and the ball rolled on the ground for a missed attempt.
QC took over on offense and on the second play of the drive Scott ran a quarterback sneak and picked up a big 28-yard gain.
Running back Connor Bingham followed with a 26-yard run of his own and the Bulldogs continued to pound the ball with an unstoppable Bingham.
The Bulldogs found themselves on the Prairiland two-yard line and Bingham leaped into the end zone for another Queen City touchdown.
QC attempted another two point conversion and this time Scott snuck his way into the end zone.
The Bulldogs gained a, 20-14, lead that they would not relinquish with 3:35 left in the third quarter.
The Patriots would threaten to score in the final quarter but the Bulldogs’ defense made big plays. A fumble recovery by Lowe and an interception by Bradley Norton would secure the, 20-14, victory for Queen City.
The Bulldogs travel to Linden-Kildare next week to take on the Tigers in the fourth installment of the Cass County Clash.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Linden-Kildare High School.
Queen City’s junior varsity team defeated Prairiland, 6-0. The Bulldogs’ lone score came on a 32-yard pass from Tallon Boone to Vonte Frank as time expired in the first half.
QC (2-0) will host rival Linden-Kildare at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Smith-Wall Stadium.