By John Butters, The JOURNAL
A good second half wasn?t enough for the Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks, who lost Friday to the Anamosa Blue Raiders, 35-14 at Anamosa.
Mid-Prairie is now 3-5 on the season and Anamosa goes to 4-4.
In a difficult first half, the Golden Hawks? offense struggled to find the end zone and the defense gave up three touchdowns to the Blue Raiders. The Hawks went into the half with a 21-0 disadvantage.
Coming out in the second half, the Hawks? defense stiffened and kept the Blue Raiders from scoring again until late in the third qurter. But the Blue Raiders also kept the Golden Hawks from scoring and at the end of three quarters, Anamosa had the lead 28-0.
It looked like the Hawks were going to turn the game around after running back Rex Peck dived into the end zone with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter
An onside kick by the Hawks was successful and quarterback Karson Gingerich hit wide receiver Tom Butters for a 63-yard touchdown. A two-point conversion got the Hawks to 14, two touchdowns behind the Raiders.
A second successful onside kick was recovered by the Hawks, giving them a late game chance for another score.
But with the ball on the 50-yard line, the offense sputtered to a stop and they turned the ball over to the Raiders.
Anamosa scored once more with three minutes left in the game to make the final score 35-14.
The Golden Hawks play their last game of the season at home Friday, hosting the Mediapolis Bulldogs.
It will be Mid-Prairie?s Senior Night.