Powers saw its successful season come to an end Saturday when the Cruisers fell to the combined Mitchell-Spray-Wheeler team 53-13 in the six-man semifinals at Crook County.

“We had a good season, but that was a very good squad,” Powers coach Kayne Pedrick said.

The Cruisers hadn’t had their own team for the past two seasons and had a squad with seven freshmen this year.

“We played pretty close in the first half,” Pedrick said.

But the Cruisers had a couple bad breaks with a muffed punt and a big returned called back due to a penalty.

“That kinda let the wind out of our sails,” Pedrick said.

After the Loggers scored first on a pass from Carter Boise to Nate Clark, Powers responded with a  22-yard touchdown run by René Sears and conversion run by Alex Mahmoud to tie the score at 7-7. The Loggers added touchdown runs by Clint Rutherford and Clark and Powers got a 5-yard TD by Mahmoud. But then the Cruisers had the two missed chances and the game turned.

Even as Mitchell-Spray-Wheeler pulled away the final two quarters, the Cruisers kept battling to the final whistle, Pedrick said.

“I was very proud of how we played in the second half,” he said. “The boys never gave up, played hard the whole way and had some fun.”

Powers managed just 125 yards of offense in the game to 365 for Mitchell-Spray-Wheeler. Both teams had two turnovers, but the Loggers returned one of those fumbles for a second-half touchdown.

Patrick Mahmoud had a big game for Powers covering onside kick attempts by the Loggers and also had a 51-yard reception in the loss.

The team, which includes just three juniors and one sophomore to go with the freshmen, returns intact next year.


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