A football game that came down to field goals for the second straight week left the East Valley Knights frustrated once more.
West Valley’s Jason Whitney kicked a 27-yard field goal with 9 seconds remaining to forge a 24-24 tie in a Frontier League game.
Just about 5 minutes minutes earlier, Todd Hughes had kicked a 25-yarder giving EV a three-point lead, but the Eagles never ran out of miracles.
It was a game of big plays by both sides on both offense and defense.
The Knights hit big on Chris Skidmore’s game opening 47-yard kickoff return to set up one touchdown, on Matt Eastman’s 76-yard run to break a 7-7 tie and on two plays that accounted for 70 yards and a 21-13 halftime lead.
WV countered with Andy Imada’s 44-yard reception from Riley Allen to set up WV’s first touchdown.
Defense took over in the second half when Joe Bonner blocked a punt that led to WV’s tying score. Kyle LeGrant intercepted a pass that set up the go-ahead EV field goal with 5:19 left.
But WV took 15 plays and got two more offensive gems. The first was a juggled catch by Joe Andrews that covered 29 yards on fourth-and-10.
“When it bounced out of my hands I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s the game if I don’t catch it,”’ said Andrews.
The second was Allen’s second option reverse-pass completion to quarterback Ty Gregorak on third-and-11, leaving it up to Whitney, a first-year player.
“I felt the pressure of the missed extra point earlier,” said the former soccer player who played basketball and golf until this year. “I knew I had to make it. It was pretty clutch.”
WV’s defense limited East Valley to 200 yards, most of it on Eastman’s run and an amazing 38-yard play by wide receiver LeGrant, who caught the ball and scored despite perfect inside position by defender Andrews.
The Eagles ran 69 plays to EV’s 34 with Allen completing 7 of 9 passes for 86 yards and rushing for 20 more as quarterback in the first half. He made way for Gregorak and played receiver the rest of the way, coming up with the option pass completions.
WV Steve Kent said he made the quarterback switch because he thought the Eagles would have to throw more.
Gregorak, who also plays tight end and linebacker, completed just one pass in 14 attempts.
The first option pass produced WV’s third touchdown and was followed by a two-point conversion from Gregorak to Andrews.
The tie kept the 2-0-1 Eagles in the
Frontier title picture but damaged 2-1-1 EV’s chances.
E. Valley 24, W. Valley 24
West Valley 0 13 0 11 - 24 East Valley 7 14 0 3 - 24
EV-Armtrout 5 run (Hughes kick)
WV-Tichy 4 run (Whitney kick)
EV-Eastman 76 run (Hughes kick)
WV-Allen 3 run (kick failed)
EV-LeGrant 38 pass from Lemarche (Hughes kick)
WV-Gregorak 9 pass from Allen (Andrews pass from Gregorak)
EV-Hughes 25 field goal
WV-Whitney 27 field goal
Cheney 32, Clarkston 7
Cheney remained perfect after four league games breaking the game open in Clarkston with three fourth-quarter scores.
After three periods the Blackhawks led just 13-7, all scoring in the first half.
Rick DeMulling, who completed 7-of-12 passes for 85 yards threw three touchdown passes and Tucker Urdahl scored twice.
That offset Brett Wheeler’s 125 yards rushing on 12 carries and Darin Larson’s 171 yards on 10 of 17 passing for Clarkston.
Cheney 7 6 0 19 - 32 Clarkston 0 7 0 0 - 7
Ch-Davis 1 run (Collins kick)
Cl-Larson 1 run (Martin kick)
Ch-Odood 9 pass from DeMulling (kick failed)
Ch-Randal 5 pass from DeMulling (pass failed)
Ch-Urdahl 3 pass from DeMulling (Collins kick)
Ch-Urdahl 3 run (kick failed)
Colville 15, Pullman 14
Junior tight end Richie Lowry caught a two-point conversion pass from junior quarterback Jimmy Day to give Colville its second straight victory and first in the Frontier League.
The winning conversion came with 5:12 left in the game following a personal foul penalty on Pullman.
Day had hit back Josh Salina with a 12-yard pass.
Colville 7 0 0 8 - 15 Pullman 6 0 8 0 - 14
C- McCurdy 1 run (Fusato kick)
P- Johnson 1 run (kick failed)
P- Johnson 1 run (Johnson pass from Wilde)
C- Salina 12 pass from Day (Lowry pass from Day)
Sandpoint 42, Riverside 36
In a wild non-league game, the Rams’ four touchdown fourth quarter rally came up a TD short.
Riverside fell behind 35-10 after three quarters and trailed 42-16 following Jared Hansen’s 90-yard run.
Riverside scored three more times before the final quarter ended.
Riverside 7 0 3 26 - 36 Sandpoint 14 14 7 7 - 42
S - Bowman 88 kick return (Lingren kick)
S - Wood 8 run (Lingren kick)
R - Hansen 32 run (Baker kick)
S - Thielbahr 3 run (Lingren kick)
S - Theilbahr 4 pass from Taylor (Lingren kick)
R - FG Koesel 30
S - Wood 15 pass from Taylor (Lingren kick)
R - Hansen 90 run (pass failed)
S - Thielbahr 12 run (Lingren kick)
R - Hansen 12 run (run failed)
R - Beckham 58 pass from Schurtz (Baker kick)
R - Shurtz 8 run (Baker kick)
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