Prairie football finished the regular season in spectacular fashion, winning a shootout battle against the Kennedy Cougars, going 8-1 and clinching their first district title since 1995.
The Hawks won 40-28, despite going into the locker room at half time down 6-7. The 2 teams combined for 55 points in the second half, and the Hawks ultimately prevailed, thanks to a total of 449 yards of offense. The Hawks 2 feature running backs, Joe Meyer ‘17, and Zach Ganske ’17, predominantly carried the offense with 138 yards and 1 touchdown by Ganske and 173 yards and 4 scores by Meyer.
Kennedy had to win that game by 12 points in order to make the playoffs. Instead, Iowa City West gets the playoff birth thanks to Prairie, who beat ICW on week 5.
On Saturday, the Hawks learned who they will be playing in the first round of the playoffs, an 8-1 Waterloo West team, lead by Devon Moore 17’, a quarterback who is committed to play football at Iowa State next year.
These two teams have very different styles, but one thing they have in common is their one loss, to Cedar Rapids Washington. Prairie’s loss came on week one, while the Wahawks took their first loss of the season in the last game, on week 8.
If Prairie continues to win, they will get home field advantage for both playoff games, before traveling to the UNI dome for the semi-finals, and finals.
The full 4A bracket shows that the Hawks will have to play the winner of Bettendorf vs. Iowa City West next week, if they can defeat the Wahawks.