Woodlan brought to a close the best Prairie Heights football campaign in six years last Friday night in Woodburn.
Powered by the running of Jaylin Bennett (318 yards) and a stingy defense which allowed 27 yards rushing, the Warriors downed the visiting Panthers, 32-6 in the second round of the Class 2A state playoffs.
The loss capped off a 5-6 season for coach Vince Royer’s Panther squad. The last time Prairie Heights achieved the five-victory mark was in 2007 when it finished 5-5.
Bennett, who rambled for a then school-record 260 yards and three touchdowns in Woodlan’s 32-7 triumph over Prairie Heights back in September, staked the Warriors to a 7-0 lead with a 55-yard scoring burst late in the first quarter of Friday’s tilt.
Woodlan found paydirt twice in the second period to take a 19-0 lead into the halftime break. Deandre Woods, a 278-pound tackle turned fullback, bulled his way over the goalline from a yard out, while slotback Greg White took a reverse 15 yards to the house.
Following a scoreless third period, Woodlan upped its advantage to 25-0 early in the fourth quarter on a one-yard touchdown plunge Woods. Bennett then capped his stellar night by sprinting 39 yards to the end zone.
Prairie Heights got on the board late in the contest on a 9-yard scoring pass from Kyler West to Bobby Blum. The PAT kick was missed.
West was 12-27 through the air for 168 yards. Corey Johnson made six receptions for 84 yards and Blum hauled in three passes covering 66 yards.
Woodlan (8-3) will host Bremen (8-3) in the sectional 34 championship game this Friday. The Lions beat Churubusco, 35-28 in their semifinal game last week.
Prairie Heights 6
Scoring by quarters
PH 0 0 0 6 -6
WL 7 12 0 13 -32
WL—Jaylin Bennett 55-yard run, I Sar kick
WL—Deandre Woods one-yard run, kick failed
WL—Greg White 15-yard run, kick blocked
WL—Woods one-yard run, kick failed
WL—Bennett 39-yard run, Sar kick
PH—Bobby Blum 19-yard pass from Kyler West, PAT kick failed