After amazing season, Cougars hit Brickie wall in Regional championship

WNLP photos and story by Mike Kellems

The New Prairie Cougar football season, deemed “historical” by many and ranked #1 in the state much of the season, hit a brick wall the night of Nov. 15, 2019, in the Regional Championship with a 36-7 loss to the Hobart Brickies (11-2). New Prairie came into the game with an 11-1 record and one of the best seasons in recent memory. In their 11 wins this season, the Cougars outscored their opponents 490 to 174. The lone regular-season loss came at Elkhart Central, which managed a last-second field goal to defeat New Prairie 31-28.

The Regional defeat came at the hands of a very talented Hobart team that had all of the answers on both side of the ball. Their defense manhandled the Cougars and their offense was blazing fast. The combination was, unfortunately, too much for the Cougars, who will be losing some very talented players to graduation.

New Prairie’s lone touchdown of the night came at the 5:46 mark of the first quarter on a pass from Chase Ketterer to Wyatt Kmiecik and despite their best efforts, they didn’t really get close to the end zone the rest of the game.

Despite the outcome, the Cougars have nothing to hang their heads about with a nearly perfect season and seniors who are getting a lot of college looks. The Cougars continue to develop talent and have a strong coaching staff headed by the dean of local football coaches, Russ Radke, who has always brought success to the teams he has coached. The vision for the 2020 season is pretty clear for New Prairie, and fans should be looking forward to yet another great season.

Defensemen close in on the NP QB.

Hobart’s defense was stifling for New Prairie.

Deep in the Cougar end zone and under intense pressure, Chase Ketterer gets ready to throw the ball away.

Wyatt Kmiecik scores the Cougars’ lone touchdown.

 

Penalties like this offensive pass interference were costly to the Cougars.

 

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