• Roger Sims, Journal Staff

Buffalos end season with a win at home against Baxter Springs

Updated: Nov 3

Prairie View's Garrett Cullor crosses the goal line after breaking a tackle on a 19 yard pass to give the Buffalos a 26-14 edge over Baxter Springs on Friday, Oct. 28. (Photos by Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)

Prairie View’s football team ended its season with a win on Friday, Oct. 28, against Baxter Springs. Smarting from a loss to Anderson County that gave the Bulldogs a playoff berth and knocked the Buffalos out, Prairie View ended its season with a 4-5 record overall, and a 3-3 record in the Pioneer League for fourth place.

Friday night saw Baxter Springs score first. An 11-play, 71-yard drive that included a 40-yard pass put the Lions in the end zone in the first quarter.

Prairie View responded with a nine-play drive for a touchdown from their own 20 with carries by running backs Parker Schwarz and Peyton Doty. A 33-yard scramble by quarterback Gabe Murillo to the Lion’s 8 with a first and goal gave Schwarz the opportunity to reach the end zone, and the point-after kick by Ronnie Davis tied the score in the second quarter, 7-7.

A 56-yard touchdown pass on the Lions’ next possession from their own 44 gave Baxter Springs a 14-7 lead with the extra point.

A 60-yard kickoff return by the Buffalos’ Stevie McGuire gave Prairie View good field position on the Lions’ 32. Five plays later, Murillo made his way inside the 10, setting up a run into the end zone by Schwarz, but it was called back on an offsides penalty against the Buffalos.

After making their way inside the Lions’ 5 again, Garrett Cullor took a pass from Murillo into the end zone. With the PAT good, the score was again even, 14-14.

Prairie View sophomore Stevie McGuire finds an opening against the Lion defense. McGuire's performance on Friday included a 60-yard kickoff return.

Late in the first half, Baxter Springs put together a drive that moved the ball from their own 14 to the Buffalo 26 with 11 seconds remaining on the clock. A key sack by Prairie View’s John Burk gave the Lions fourth and 15 on the 41 with :01 remaining, and the incomplete pass sent both teams into the locker room at the half.

With seconds ticked off in the second half, Schwarz stripped the ball out of Lions wide receiver Jacob Grant’s hands on Baxter Springs’ first play after receiving the kickoff. Running the ball from the Lions’ 37 to the 10 yard line, Schwarz set up a first and goal and on the next play made a 10-yard touchdown run. The PAT attempt was no good, and the Buffalos were up, 21-14.

The Buffalo defense pulls down Lion running back Landon Fisher, allowing a couple yards on the play.

On their next possession the Lions moved the ball down to the Prairie View 20 with the Buffalo defense pressuring Baxter Springs quarterback Payton Gaines. On a first and 10 play, Gaines was picked off by Cullor inside the 10, and he ran it back to the Buffalo 27. Prairie View moved the ball 37 yards in eight plays, scoring on a 19-yard pass to Cullor and adding 2 points on a run by Schwarz, Prairie View 28-14.

A fumble by the Buffalos on the Lions’ 33 late in the fourth gave Baxter Springs the opportunity to catch up. Using nine plays to move the ball 47 yards to the Buffalo 14, the Lions scored on a pass. With the extra point kick good, the Lions were down a touchdown, 28-21, with just over a minute left in the game.

Buffalo freshman Parker Schwarz finds room to run. He had 178 yards rushing in the game.

But their onside kick was recovered by the Buffalos on their on 48, and two plays later Schwarz was on his way to the end zone on a 42-yard rushing touchdown with :38 left on the clock. Davis’ extra point kick was good, and the Lions couldn’t put another drive together as the clock ran out: Prairie View 35, Baxter Springs 21.

Schwarz had 178 yards rushing on 23 carries and three touchdowns in the game. Cullor had two receptions for 23 yards and two touchdowns. Murillo was credited for 28 passing yards on a 50 percent completion rate and one interception.

Schwarz was credited with nine tackles and one fumble recovery. Cullor had 6.5 tackles and one interception. Jacob Law had 2.5 tackles include two sacks.

Prairie View had 366 yards total yards on offense with 28 yards in the air and 338 yards on the ground. Baxter Springs had 322 yards of total offense with 230 yards passing and 92 yards rushing.

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