Stiff arm

Poynette’s Austin Gray tries to keep away from Watertown Luther Prep defender Brett Wieting.

The Poynette prep football team came up short in a late drive against visiting Watertown Luther Prep on Friday and dropped a 26-21 Capitol North Conference decision.

The loss on Homecoming ended the Pumas’ playoffs hopes. They are 0-3 in the Capitol North with two games remaining.

With its fifth straight loss, Poynette fell to 2-5 overall.

The Phoenix struck first on Friday. They scored on their opening drive of the game. Levi Clark had a 2-yard touchdown run.

Poynette took its first lead of the game later in the first quarter. They went up 7-6 after quarterback Noah Stark threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Austin Gray.

Luther Prep took the lead back on the first play of the second quarter. The Phoenix pulled ahead 12-7 after a 17-yard touchdown pass from Elijah Shevey to Nathan de Galley.

The Pumas responded with an impressive 71-yard touchdown pass from Stark to Brayden O’Connor to take a 14-12 lead.

The Phoenix regained the lead for good with 42 seconds remaining in the first half. Paul Frick put them up 20-14 after he caught a 22-yard scoring strike from Shevey.

Luther Prep went up 25-14 on the opening drive of the second half after a 1-yard scoring plunge by Matthew Hillmer.

Poynette jumped back in the game midway through the fourth quarter after Jake Buss caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Stark.

After Luther Prep went three-and-out on the ensuing drive, Poynette got the ball back one last time.

The Pumas were driving before an illegal block call on first-and-10 from the Phoenix 41-yard line stalled the drive.

Luther Prep then ran out the clock.

For more on the game check back online and in next week’s Press.

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