After seven games of having problems finishing games the New Prague Trojans were finally able to put a team away in the fourth quarter and picked up their second win Wednesday night in Farmington 30-17. For the third week in a row New Prague was able to ride on the back of sophomore fullback Nathan Preston who ended with 169 yards on 19 carries and was able to get his first two touchdowns of the season.
The game started great for New Prague as Farmington would get the ball first, but Farmington quarterback Darren Beenken would throw an interception to New Prague’s Zack Shetka on the first offensive play from scrimmage. This would set up New Prague with great field position at the Farmington 26 and would get into the end zone three plays later when Nathan Preston would power through the Farmington defense from 20-yards out breaking arm tackles from the Tiger defense. Kyle Stepka would run the ball in for the two-point conversion and give New Prague an early 8-0 lead.
Farmington would answer with an impressive drive that covered 72-yards and would gouge the New Prague defense with runs from running back Athen Ashton and quarterback Darren Beenken in the pistol option including a 30-yard run touchdown run by Darren Beenken to finish the drive. The Tigers would convert on their two-point conversion with a run by Athen Ashton to tie the score 8-8 with 6:25 left in the first quarter. On the ensuing kickoff New Prague’s Zack Shetka would return the ball up the middle and return the ball 73-yards to the Farmington 13-yard line. Four plays later Dakota Cole would get his first rushing touchdown of the season with a 1-yard run as Kyle Stepka pitched it to him after the Farmington defense bit on the fake to Nathan Preston up the middle. New Prague would be unable to convert the two-point conversion and kept the score at 14-8, New Prague.
After a quick three-and-out by Farmington, New Prague would take over in their own territory for the first time all game at their own 29 yard-line. A spectacular touchdown run by Nathan Preston of 58 yards would follow that included him running through a leg tackle at the 15-yard-line to finish the run to give New Prague a two-score lead. Zack Shetka would get the two-point conversion on the run to put New Prague up 22-8 with :38 left in the first quarter.
Scoring would cease for the rest of the first half, but New Prague would drive the ball all the way to the Farmington 10 yard line before stalling out and turning the ball over on downs. New Prague would start with the ball in the second half that ended with a fumble after Kyle Stepka dropped back to pass and had the ball knocked away from him after a hard blindside hit that gave Farmington the ball at the New Prague 35-yard-line.
The Tigers would move quickly into the end zone on a corner pass from Darren Beenken to Dillon Jones who did the toe-touch in the corner to make the score 22-14, New Prague. The Trojans would go three-and-out on their next drive and Farmington would score a touchdown on the ensuing drive that would be called back due to a holding call and settled for a 20-yard field goal from Taubenheim to make the score 22-17, New Prague with 2:01 left in the third quarter.
Following punts by both teams New Prague would go to the air for a big 76-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Stepka to Luke Tietz who juggled the ball before finally brining it down and stiff-arming a defender at the 10-yard-line to get into the end zone. Zack Shetka would run in the two-point conversion to make the score 30-17, New Prague with 9:22 left in the game. Farmington would drive the ball into New Prague territory twice, but would turn the ball over on downs and a Joe Kneip interception that sealed the deal for New Prague.
New Prague head coach Jim Benick was wearing a smile at the end of the game for only the second time this year and was happy with the teams performance. “I was proud of the team fighting. We learned how to run clock offense at the game by staying in bounds to help run clock out.”
New Prague quarterback went 2-for-2 passing with 82 yards and a touchdown. Zack Shetka helped Preston rushing for 35 yards on 10 carries. Farmington quarterback Darren Beenken went 14-for-26 for 187 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions and rushed the ball for 49 yards on 11 carries in the loss. John Dittman led Farmington with five receptions for 54 yards.
New Prague finishes 2-5 in the Missota and improves to 2-6 overall. Farmington finishes 3-4 in the Missota and falls to 3-5 overall on the season.
By: Adam Bartels