Buffalo air attack, field goal stun Iola Mustangs in comeback win

Updated: Oct 19, 2021

In what may rank as one of the best comebacks in Prairie View football, the Buffalos on Friday, Oct. 8, stunned the Iola Mustangs with a 23-20 win after being down 20-6 midway through the third quarter. A 26-yard field goal by sophomore Peyton Doty with 7 seconds remaining on the clock gave Prairie View the win.

The Buffaloes got points on the board first in the second quarter. With a fourth down and 14 yards to go on the Iola 26 yard line, sophomore quarterback Gabe Murillo connected with senior receiver Zach Theis on a 24-yard pass that put Prairie View on the 1 yard line, first and goal.

Punching through the Iola line on the next play gave the Buffaloes the lead at 6-0. Iola evened the score at 6-6 before the half, but it was all Iola in the third quarter, building a 20-6 lead in the third period.

A 5-yard touchdown run by junior back Dakota Stogsdill cut Iola’s lead to 20-12 with about 7:25 left to play in the third quarter.

The Buffalo offense went to work in the fourth quarter, going to an air attack to erase the Mustang’s lead.

With a first and 10 on Prairie View’s own 40-yard line, Murillo made a lateral pass to Stogsdill, who unloaded a long pass to Theis on a 65-yard pass play and a touchdown. A 2-point conversion by Prairie View tied the score at 20-20.

With Prairie View running out of time, a 28 yard pass play from the Iola 49-yard line put the Buffaloes at the 10-yard line, and set up the field goal to win the game.

The Buffaloes had 194 yards passing compared to the Mustangs’ 83 yards. Iola had 85 yards rushing compared to 70 by Prairie View, which had 264 total yards compared to 168 for the Mustangs.

The Buffaloes had 4 of 13 third-down conversions compared to 2 of 10 for Iola. And both teams had one fumble, and Prairie View had one interception.

The win gives Prairie View a 5-1 overall record going into next Friday’s away game against Frontenac, which is also 5-1 overall.

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