Wickersham scores twice as Colby advances

Wickersham scores twice as Colby advances

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Wickersham scores twice as Colby advances

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The Colby football team was in a battle to the end against an unfamiliar foe.

The Hornets got a pair of second-half touchdowns from senior running back Brandon Wichersham to beat a pesky Prescott squad 14-6 Saturday in a WIAA Division 5 Level 3 playoff game.

The victory not only extends the Hornets’ season, but earned them a third straight trip to the state semifinals.

Colby 9-2, faces Amherst (11-0), a 21-14 winner over Stratford, in a Level 4 game next week at D.C. Everest at a time and date to be determined.

In a game where points were at a premium, neither team scored until the second half.

The first half was a battle of field position and interceptions. After exchanging punts in the opening period, Prescott’s Harry Cutler picked of Colby’s Tyler Robida.

The Cardinals ran just four plays before Brandon Wickersham returned the favor for the Hornets off Prescott quarterback Alex Helmer.

Prescott put up a modest 102 yards in the opening half, while Colby managed just 66.

“They were very good on the line of scrimmage,” Colby coach Jeff Rosemeyer said. “We had a hard time running the ball all day. They did some things scheme-wise that made it tough for us to block them too.”

Prescott owned time of possession in the third quarter and ran 20 plays to the Hornets 10, but Colby ran a couple back-to-back plays that turned the game around.

With a first and 10 at their own 45-yard line, Robida pitched to Cody Meyer, who hit Josh Rahm on a 35-yard halfback option pass. On the next play, Brandon Wickersham found his first daylight of the afternoon and scampered 20 yards for the score.

“Fortunately, we were able to break the game open with that little flip pass,” Rosemeyer said. “We had a couple guys make a big play.”

With 2:58 left, the Cardinals began a drive but it was quickly interrupted by Meyer’s second interception of the game. He retrned it 25 yards to the Cardinals’ 19. Three plays later, Wickersham turned up the heat a little more on Prescott when he found the end zone from 15 yards out.

“They were a tough team,” said the 5-foot-4 Wickersham.

“That number 69 is a big boy. It was hard to get by him, but we found a way. The blocking was good. They stayed on ’em and I broke a couple tackles.”

Taking advantage of a short field, Prescott marched down to the 2-yard line, where Tate Nohorniak dove in for the score to spoil the shutout bid.

“We knew it was going to be a pound it out, tough and physical game,” said Prescott coach Matt Smith. “It definitely was that for four quarters. We knew their records, their tradition, state championships. It speaks for itself. Colby stepped up to the challenge. I’m very proud of our team and our effort.”

Prescott 0 0 0 6 6
Colby 0 0 7 7 14

C – Brandon Wickerham 20 run (Tannet Gaetz kick)

P – Tate Nahorniak 2 run (Run failed)

C – Wickersham 15 run (Gaetz kick)

P C
First downs 10 7
Rushes-yards 51-157 33-55
Passing yards 19 119
Total yards 186 174
Comp-Att-Int 3-14-3 6-13-2
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 4-1

Individual leaders

Rushing: P, Sam Snith 22-58, Harry Cutler 10-44; C, Wickersham 15-67.

Passing: P, Alex Helmer 3-14-3-29; C, Tyler Robida 5-12-2-84, Cody Meyer 1-1-0-35.

Receiving: P, Zach Sobolewski 1-13; C, Nathaniel Underwood 2-45, Meyer 2-30.

Records: Colby 9-2; Prescott 7-4.

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