CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Cedar Rapids Prairie got their first win of the season in a thrilling last minute victory over Waterloo East.
The Trojans came out strong stopping Prairie on their first drive and getting the first points of the game when quarterback Desmond VanArsdale sprinted 73 yards for the end zone. A penalty pushed to extra point into field goal range and kicker Brandon Spaulding missed it to keep the score 6 - 0.
On Prairie's next drive, the Trojan defense forces the fumble by Prairie Hawk quarterback Chaz Boots, DeMarco Hayes picks up the ball and rumbles 25 yards for the Trojan score. It's 12-0 after another missed extra point by Spaulding.
Prairie would finally get on the board after a Trojan fumble. Prairie marches down the field and Zach Witte caps it off by punching it in from one yard out, the extra point would be good and it's 12-7 Trojans still leading.
Prairie would add two field goals from the foot of Andrew Baird and the half would end with the Hawks leading 13-12.
After a scoreless third quarter, the game got real interesting with just 1:30 to go in the game.
Trojans drive down the field and Cameron Winters finds the end zone from three yards out to make it 18-13. They would go for two, but come up short.
Now, with just over a minute to go, Prairie gets the ball first and ten from their own 45 yard line and Chaz Boots finds Demetrius Harper for the 55 yard touchdown pass. It's 19-18 Prairie. They would also go for two, but failed on the conversion.
East gets the ball back with one last shot. They get the ball to the Prairie 29 yard line and Spaulding comes on to try the 46 yard field goal attempt. He gets off a good kick but it ends up being just a little bit short, bouncing off the crossbar and falling dead in the end zone.
Prairie hangs on for their first win of the season beating Waterloo East 19-18.
Prairie moves to 1-5 on the season and goes to Kingston next week to face the winless J-Hawks from Cedar Rapids Jefferson.
Waterloo East drops to 1-5 and hosts the 4-2 Cedar Rapids Xavier Saints.