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Prairie du Chien’s Jacob Mallat catches a pass from Brogan Potter and crosses the goal line for a touchdown in the first half on a drizzly Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien’s Eric Nolan (56) makes the tackle on the Waterloo ballcarrier.

Prairie’s Casey Hogenson looks for running room around the right side on a rainy night.

Blackhawk quarterback Brogan Potter runs for a good gain in the first half.

Jacob Mallat runs to the outside against visiting Waterloo.


Successful season ends for Prairie du Chien

By Zach Mara


The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks hosted the Waterloo Pirates in Round 1 of the WIAA Division 5 State Tournament Friday night. 

The Pirates (7-3, 1-0) ended the Hawks’ (6-4, 0-1) successful season, defeating them 25-19 in an exciting, closely contested game.

The game started ominously for the Hawks as the Pirates recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff at Prairie’s 34-yard line. The Blackhawks’ defense, however, could not be shaken, and 7 plays later the Hawks took over on downs. Twelve plays and 83 yards later, the Hawks’ drive would end deep in Waterloo territory, when on 4th and 1, the Hawks’ ball carrier slipped short of the first down. On the ensuing possession, Waterloo needed only 4 plays to go the necessary 94 yards, capitalizing on big plays of 50 and 40 yards for the touchdown. The PAT kick was good, and the Pirates led 7-0.

The Hawks, not to be outdone, put together a 6 play, 68-yard drive, highlighted by a 27-yard run by QB Brogan Potter and a 31-yard TD pass on a wheel route to Dylan Yeomans. The kick from Cory Check was blocked, but the Pirates’ lead had shrunk to 1 point. 

Waterloo answered right back, scoring on a 54-yard touchdown pass from Wyatt Gallitz to Zach Bennehoff on the fifth play of the drive. The kick was no good, and the Pirates led 13-6. Three drives later, the Hawks took over on their own 46-yard line after a punt. The Hawks’ offense once again answered back, scoring on a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Mallat, following a 25-yard run by Yeomans 3 plays earlier. The 2-point attempt was stuffed and the score was 13-12 Waterloo. The rest of the quarter was scoreless, and the Pirates took their 13-12 lead into halftime.

The Pirates took the opening drive of the second half 72 yards for their third touchdown of the game, a 20-yard touchdown run by Daniel Mankowski. Their 2-point attempt was no good, and they led 19-12.

After 5 consecutive punts from the teams, the Hawks found themselves with good field position when Casey Hogenson intercepted Gallitz at the Pirates’ 31-yard line. They would take advantage of the short field, and on the sixth play of the drive, Potter found Hogenson for a 14 yard touchdown pass to tie the game after the PAT. The celebration didn’t last long, as 3 plays later, Waterloo was back into the end zone, taking a 25-19 lead with 4:32 to go in regulation. 

The teams were both forced to punt, and the Hawks had the ball back with 2:15 to go. The first play of the drive saw Hogenson hauling in a 27-yard pass from Potter and running out of bounds at the Pirates’ 45-yard line. Four plays later, on 4th and 15 from the 50-yard line, Potter was forced to throw up a prayer to Chad Mara and the ball was caught…by the Pirates’ Christian Limoseth, who ran out of bounds at the Prairie 27-yard line. The ball was knelt 3 times and the game ended with a 25-19 Pirates win.

Brogan Potter was 10 for 28 in the air for 183 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception. Dylan Yeomans had 13 rushes for 49 yards. Dominic Wright had 10 carries for 47 yards and Jacob Mallat had 6 runs for 31 yards. Dylan Yeomans caught 4 passes for 72 yards and a TD. Casey Hogenson had 2 catches for 41 yards and a touchdown. Jacob Mallat had 2 receptions for 20 yards and a touchdown and Hunter Sheckler hauled in 1 pass for 35 yards. 

Leading the defense were Adrian Johanningmeier and Gunnar Kravchuk with 8 tackles apiece. Ethan Swiggum had 6 tackles and Eric Nolan had 5 tackles and a sack.

Coach Aaron Amundson recognized the seniors who played in their final game Friday night and commented, “Since their sophomore year, they have greatly helped to change the culture of Prairie du Chien football.” Congratulations to the seniors who played in their final game Friday night: linemen Gunnar Kravchuk, Adrian Johanningmeier, Tyler Mason, Sean McGrath, Scott Sautter, Jacob Kotte and Zach Neisus; LB and TE Hunter Sheckler; WRs/CBs Drew Scott, Casey Hogenson, and Chad Mara; and the SWC’s leading passer, Brogan Potter. And finally, congratulations to LB and RB Peyton Hall and WR and CB Nick Weber, who were injured and did not play Friday night.

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