When the Othello and Prosser football teams step onto the Lampson Stadium turf Saturday, it will portend a matchup between one of the state’s traditional small-school powers and one of its top programs, period.
The Huskies, in the midst of their 16th consecutive playoff appearance, have won a pair of Class 2A state titles (1998 and 2004) and have won 25 state playoff games.
The Mustangs have won four titles, three on the 3A level (1992-93, ’99) when they were in the Mid-Valley and one (2007) since dropping down into the 2A CWAC in 2006.
Prosser is making its 24th state appearance in 26 seasons and has a whopping 42 wins in 62 state playoff games. To put that into perspective, four-time defending 3A and 10-time state champion Bellevue has won 44 games in its state history. Top Tri-City programs Richland (21), Pasco (18), Kennewick (16) and Kamiakin (14) are well behind, and even small-school powers Connell (31) and Royal (35) and DeSales (42, tied) can’t top the Mustangs.
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Prosser leads the all-time series with Othello 21-13. They have played each other 13 times in the last 11 seasons, with the Mustangs winning 10 of those, including the only two playoff matchups in the series.
However, the Huskies have a couple of key wins, including handing Prosser its first CWAC loss in 2009 after the Mustangs won their first 28 games in the league. That game also ended Prosser’s 39-game regular-season winning streak at Art Fiker Stadium, a span covering four years.
Othello also won this season’s regular-season game, 30-14, back in Week 3.
Here’s a look back at the two playoff matchups between these two state powers:
2010—Prosser 14, Othello 6 in first round at Art Fiker Stadium, Prosser.
An extra point proved critical in the Mustangs’ first-round win.
The points were hard to come by as the first three quarters saw no scoring and 14 punts between the two teams. Then they traded TDs to start the fourth — Michael Johnson on a 2-yard run for the Mustangs, Amando DeLeon on a 1-yard plunge for the Huskies.
The difference was Prosser converted the extra point and led 7-6 late in the fourth quarter when the Huskies were forced to go for it on fourth-and-2 from their own 11 — that after a brilliant goal-line stand kept Prosser out of the end zone.
But after Othello was stopped on fourth down, the Mustangs converted the short field into a late touchdown, icing the game.
2008—Prosser 33, Othello 28 in quarterfinals at Lampson Stadium, Kennewick.
Third-ranked Othello held four leads over top-ranked and unbeaten Prosser before Jordan Durbin hit Dominic Garza for a 50-yard TD strike with 3:22 to play in the Mustangs’ win at Lampson.
Garza, a sophomore, then turned in another big play, intercepting QB Marc Garza in the end zone to end the Huskies’ final drive.
Prosser had outscored its opponents 570-160 during the season, including a 54-21 regular-season win over Othello. But the Mustangs couldn’t shake their opponent this time.
Durbin threw for 232 yards and five TDs to four different receivers, with Kirby Moore catching eight passes for 108 yards.
The Huskies countered with a ground assault, led by Lee Gomez and his 235 yards.