Buffalos shutout Girard with explosive rushing, tough defense
Updated: Oct 18
Buffalo sophomore running back Parker Schwarz ran for 191 yards in Friday's game against Girard. (Journal file photo)
By Roger Sims, email@example.com
The Prairie View football team extended its winning streak to three with a 21-0 shutout of the Girard Trojans at Girard on Friday, Sept. 30.
The win was the third game in a row that Prairie View, now 3-2, has had more the 350 yards of total offense. Prairie View brought a two-game winning streak into Friday's game that included a 55-0 shutout against Osawatomie and a 44-19 win against Burlington.
In Girard, the game remained scoreless at the end of the first quarter, but Prairie View scored on an 84-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Parker Schwarz in the second quarter. That gave the Buffalos a 6-0 lead going into the locker room at halftime.
The third quarter saw Prairie View scoring twice, once on a 9-yard pass play to Schwarz and again on a run by Schwarz. A point-after kick by senior Peyton Doty and a 2-point conversion by Schwarz gave the Buffalos a 21-0 lead. Both teams were scoreless during the final quarter.
Prairie View’s Schwarz continued his explosive performances, rushing for 191 of the team’s 350 yards on the ground on 19 carries, including an 84-yard run for one of his two touchdowns.
That put him in the top-10 ball carriers in the state with 790 total rushing yards so far for the 2023 season.
Junior Elijah Williams gained 85 yards in just six carries for an average of 14.2 yards per carry.
Sophomore Josh Goodwin continued his role as a grind-it-out ball carrier, getting the ball 10 times for 27 yards.
Junior quarterback Gabe Murillo rushed for 47 yards on 10 carries. The Buffalos used the pass sparingly with Murillo making two completions in four attempts, but one of those was a 9-yard pass to Schwarz for a touchdown.
Goodwin was Murillo’s target for the other completed pass of 14 yards.
The defense was a deciding factor in the win, with Buffalos knocking down five passes and junior linebacker Grant Steenburgen picking off a Trojan pass and running the ball back 10 yards before being brought down.
Steenburger was also credited with a role in 17 tackles, with Goodwin contributing two tackles and six assists, senior Jacob Coe credited with three tackles and four assists, and Schwarz with two solo tackles and five assists. Juniors Gabe Belcher and Joe Sramek both had two tackles and four assists.
The Buffalos held Girard to 212 yards total offense including 51 yards in the air and 161 on the ground.
The Buffalos will host the Wellsville Eagles, this Friday, Oct. 7, in a Pioneer League contest. The Eagles, now 5-0, have beaten four Pioneer League teams and last Friday handed Bishop Ward a 39-0 loss in a non-league game.