W-P one step closer to playoffs


WHITTEMORE-PRESCOTT - Oct. 10, 2008 - Whittemore-Prescott's opponents have taken to stacking the line of scrimmage and stopping the Cardinals' rushing attack.

W-P seems to have adjusted to that tactic the past couple weeks as the Cardinals' passing game has keyed a couple of important wins to lift W-P to within a game of qualifying for the playoffs. Austin Swanson completed 21-of-25 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns on Friday to pace the Cardinals' 33-14 victory over Alcona.

"I was very impressed with the way Austin threw the ball," said W-P coach Kevin Frederick. "The past couple of weeks he's been extremely accurate."

Swanson also completed 11-of-14 passes against Evart on Oct. 3.

Swanson's 9-yard pass to Kyle Saunders with 9:55 left in the first quarter (and Chris Downes' extra point) gave W-P a 7-0 lead, and Swanson hit Billy Raushi with a 19-yard scoring strike four minutes later.

Downes 20-yard run midway through the second quarter gave the Cards their 19-0 halftime lead.

Alcona's first drive of the second half ended in Jim Brockwell's 13-yard touchdown run and Kevin Fettes' 2-point conversion that made it 19-8.

"We had a big lead at the half and they only had 13 kids dressed, and the kids kind of lost focus," Frederick said. "They just drove right down the field on us."

Fortunately for W-P, the offense got back untracked. It took just a minute for W-P to respond as Matt Ackerman scored on a 5-yard run, and Swanson's 13-yard pass to Ackerman early in the fourth quarter made it 33-6.

Evan Fowler's interception return gave Alcona its final score of the night.

Raushi led the Cardinals with 119 yards receiving on six catches, with Dylan DeBoever adding six grabs for 73 yards and Saunders catching four balls for 51 yards.

Swanson had 31 yards rushing on four carries and Ackerman added 28 yards on 14 attempts.

Downes had five solo tackles and 12 assists, Tommy Lee Miracle added four tackles and 10 assists, and Tristan Kohlhoff had 12 assists and one sack.

W-P improved to 5-2 and hosts a Montrose (3-4), which is trying to keep its string of 21 straight winning seasons alive.

"They've lost to some very good teams," Frederick said. "A streak like that still gives them a lot to play for. But so do we. We need to get that sixth win so we're not gambling on having to get into the playoffs (with a 5-4 record)."


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