GRANDVIEW — The Mustangs responded with a physical push of their own as they stepped up their game in the second half to overcome the Bulldogs’ 12-point lead in winning the 2A CWAC Championship trophy with a 32-24 victory on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Rich Leenhouts Stadium.

“We talked at halftime about things we can control. Event plus response equals outcome,” Prosser head coach Corey Ingvalson stated. “So, we thought we needed to have a better response. Play more physical. Challenge ourselves individually, man to man. And, get better collectively as a group.”

The Bulldogs received the second half kickoff and two plays later, scored a touchdown and added an extra point in :40 to make the score, 24-12.

“Ellensburg just punched us square in the face. They’re a physical team,” Ingvalson described. We just had to answer the bell… and our guys did that much better in the second half.

With 9:02 remaining in the third, senior wide receiver Will Thompson made a strong 20 yard catch from sophomore quarterback Kaiden Rivera at the Bulldog 30-yard line. Senior running back Diego Chavez continued to pound the rock into the defense on the drive.

Facing a fourth and 12 at the 21-yard line, the Mustangs’ offense stepped it up. The O-line gave Rivera time to hit senior wide receiver Case Reinmuth in stride for a touchdown and Prosser was right back in it. The PAT split the uprights and the score tightened up at 24-19.

The Mustangs were staring at a fourth down and ten from their two-yard line with about 5:00 left in the game, Thompson was split out wide left in the four-receiver set. From the shotgun, Rivera took the snap and slid to his left to buy more time as he looked down field for Thompson running a fade route with one on one coverage.

“In the huddle I told Kaiden if he’s going to throw it, just throw it up to me,” Thompson coolly acknowledged. “I beat the corner off the line. I caught it and just went for it.” The 6’2” playmaker expressed the only thing that was going through his head was, “. . .Catch the ball and go!”

Following the failed two-point conversion, Prosser led for the first time, 25-24.

PHS junior defensive back Brock Weinmann made an interception on the Bulldogs’ subsequent drive and a few plays later, senior running back Logan Candanoza plunged in for the touchdown to seal the Mustangs’ 31st and back-to-back Conference Championship Trophy.

Patrick Shelby can be contacted at 509-837-4500, ext. 110 or email PShelby@SunnysideSun.com

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