Prep Football: Prairie Rolls Over Washington, 44-6
By Michael Bonner, Reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Thursday night Kingston Stadium transformed to Dellamuth Island. With temperatures in the 40s and wind chills dropping the feel into the 30s, it's not the typical vacation spot and the staff doesn't treat their guests particularly well.
Prairie's Mitchell Dellamuth intercepted four Cedar Rapids Washington passes and returned one for a touchdown. At one point he had three picks, while the Warriors had one completion.
"He's earned the nickname 'Revis' for a reason," Prairie head coach Mike Morrissey said.
With the real Revis sidelined for the year with a torn ACL, Dellamuth took center stage leading the Hawks to a 44-6 win.
Unlike Darrelle Revis, Dellamuth played on both sides. Not only did cash in four interceptions for about yards and a score, the junior caught two passes for 56 yards and a touchdown.
"It feels good," Dellamuth said. "I just try to make plays on both sides of the ball and make plays for my team."
He wasn't the only one. While Dellamuth created an island, Kentrel Smith might have established a peninsula. Also a junior, Smith ignited the Hawks' offense with a 95 yard touchdown reception to put Prairie up 17-0.
Later in the game he joined Dellamuth with touchdowns on offense and defense with a 60 yard pick-six.
"I've never been a part of this now that I think of it," Morrissey said. "Two good kids and two kids that' have definitely earned these opportunities."
The duo combined four touchdowns directly. Dellamuth's third INT led to a one yard Mitch Christensen touchdown run. In all, Dellamuth and Smith had their hands in 34 of Prairie's 43 points.
"Hey we've got a nice (defense)," Smith said. "Our lineman put pressure on the quarterback, I just went up to make the play."
The assists on defense were needed. Unlike last week's offensive explosion against Linn-Mar, Prairie wasn't able to move the ball with ease.
Jace Hanna completed just 6 of 18 pass for 158 yards, one of which was a 95 yard strike to Kentrell Smith. Extract that and Hanna's numbers were pretty pedestrian – 5-17 for 53.
After the mediocre first half Jace Hanna finished strong with 240 yards passing and three touchdowns. His main target of the night was Jarred Edmonds who caught five balls for 49 yards and a touchdown.
"They did a very nice job," Washington head coach Tony Lombardi said. "I think coach (Morrissey) has done a good job. They've got a nice ball club."
And on Thursday they had a great defense. In addition to five interceptions the Hawks' defense also forced and recovered a fumble. Before leaving with a quad injury, Washington's quarterback Mitch Blades was 1 for 8 for 15 yards and two interceptions. In all the Hawks allowed 225 totals.
In the second half, the Warriors' Jason Oney caught five balls for 81 yards to finish with a game high six catches.
But the start wideout played defense in this matchup. Dellamuth actually caught five Warrior passes on defense but one was negated due to a roughing the passer call.
Even without that, Dellamuth still caught more balls on defense than offense. Going forward there might be a lot less guests on his island.
"I just try my best on defense," Dellamuth said. "Even though on offense Jace puts the ball in a great place and I try and go get it for him, but defense wins games."