Golden Hawks fly past Panthers

WELLMAN — Mid-Prairie High School showed a balanced offense in a 43-0 football win over the visitors from Pekin Friday.

“Mid-Prairie did a nice job of playing ball control offense and capitalizing on our mistakes,” Pekin coach Bud Blakely said.

The Golden Hawks rushed 39 times for a total of 205 yards and Brad Tornow completed 8 of 15 passes for 139 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Kayden Reinier had 101 yards on the ground in 19 carries and scored twice for Mid-Prairie. Tornow also had two TDs rushing with 29 yards on seven carries. Nathan Quinmby added a touchdown on six carries and 37 yards rushing. Zeb Danner caught three passes for 58 yards and a TD.

Jack Baker led the Golden Hawk defense with six tackles and a sack. Isaac Boucher also had a sack among his 4.5 tackles. Boucher and Danner each recovered a fumble as did Cael Garvey.

Blakely said it was a culmination of things that led to the loss.

“We continue to struggle with turnovers and self destruct when we get drives going,” Blakely said. “Consequently, we couldn’t finish drives. We will get back to the fundamentals and evaluate our play and learn from it. We are still very young in a lot of positions. We have to cut back on turnovers, penalties, and play our game. Come Monday we will be looking for our leadership to really show up from our veteran players.”

Blakely did see some positives from the game. “We got some young faces in the game that were able to gain some valuable experience.”

Mid-Prairie plays at Wilton Friday while Pekin hosts Mediapolis.

Wilton won at Northeast 46-7. Mediapolis decimated visiting Central Lee 82-14.