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Robert Perez of Prosser pulls away from a defender.
As of Monday, October 3, 2016
ELLENSBURG The defending 2A state champions are recovering from Friday’s 35-12 loss to the Bulldogs.
Prosser and Ellensburg last year battled into overtime before the Mustangs succumbed, 27-26, during league play.
But they pummeled the Bulldogs, 31-0, during a November playoff that propelled Prosser to state.
Friday’s game promised a showdown between the two Central Washington Athletic Conference foes, No. 3-ranked Mustangs and No. 6 Bulldogs.
The teams started the game in a tight contest. The first quarter ended, 7-6, in favor of the Bulldogs.
Bryce Helgeson of Ellensburg scored on a 37-yard run and Prosser’s Noah Flores answered with a touchdown off a 13-yard pass from Tanner Bolt.
In the second quarter, Ellensburg widened its lead to 14-6 before the halftime whistle.
Jake Andrews scored on a 2-yard scamper to account for the score.
The Bulldogs got in three touchdowns in the third stanza, with Mason Sherwood scoring on a 4-yard carry, Xander Orejudos collecting a 22-yard pass from Helgeson and made it into the end zone again after catching a 54-yard pass.
But Prosser battled to the end, getting one final score in the fourth quarter.
Michael Kernan brought the ball in on a 15-yard pass from Bolt.
Prosser’s offense rushed for 115 yards.
Flores had 10 carries for 57 yards. Kord Tuttle ate up 43 yards on six carries; Josiah Stutzman rushed six times for 13 yards, Bolt gained 2 yards on seven carries; and Kernan had a 2-yard carry.
Bolt completed 20-of-42 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns.
Kernan had eight catches for 108 yards. Flores had five receptions for 56 yards; Tuttle had a 13-yard reception and Kolby Swift collected two passes for 22 yards.
Perez had a 6-yard reception; Ryan Harle had a 4-yard catch; and Chase Courtney caught a 1-yard pass.
The Mustangs (3-1) host East Valley (Yakima) Friday night.