Every time East Valley’s football team made a statement, Colville had an answer.
Until Knights defensive back James Flock made his point to preserve a 21-14 EV third-quarter lead.
With Colville threatening to tie the game for the third time, Flock tipped a Jimmy Day pass to himself and the brilliant end zone interception stopped the Indians with 1:08 remaining in the period.
“I tipped it up and just crawled for it,” said Flock of his catch.
Neither team scored again, the Knights (5-2, 4-1) setting up the championship game next Friday in Pullman (5-2, 3-1). Three teams are one game behind in the loss column.
West Valley (1-6, 1-3) upset Clarkston (3-4, 2-2) 31-12 for its first victory of the year and Cheney (5-2, 3-2) moved up with a 42-21 win over Riverside (2-5, 0-4).
In East Valley’s first game on its own football field this year, was Flock’s interception the biggest play of the game?
“Nope, they’re all big,” he said. “I just got lucky.”
Maybe, but in a game in which Colville (3-4, 2-2) had twice quickly answered East Valley scores for a 14-14 halftime tie and had moved to the Knights’ 22-yard line following EV’s go-ahead touchdown, it would do.
The first of three EV interceptions led to its first score. Knight Tristan Beeman spun out of a tackle and raced in from the 20-yard line with 5:08 left in the first quarter.
Less than 2 minutes later the score was tied on Day’s 32-yard toss to tight end Paul Smith.
In the second period, the Knights overcame three penalties to take the lead on a Brian Lamarche-to-Kris Rankin pass.
Less than a minute later, Colville tied the game again. Cailen McCurdy had a 44-yard option carry and Day passed to Josh Salina following an EV personal foul.
It was one of 15 penalties for 137 yards on the Knights.
“I’ve been coaching 33 years and don’t know if we’re doing anything different,” said coach Jim Clements. “It happens every time we threaten to pull away.”
A penalty-free drive in the third quarter, spurred by Beeman, produced the winning touchdown. Flock provided the coup de grace.
Beeman, who rushed for 155 yards, carried the ball 28 times, 18 of those in the second half.
The Knights had 458 yards of total offense to 258 for Colville, Lamarche throwing for 179 and Trevor Eastman catching 10 balls for 135 yards.
WV 31, Clarkston 12
The Eagles, considered by league coaches as a victory threat despite its record, won in Clarkston by scoring four first-half touchdowns.
Quarterback Ty Gregorak rushed for 100 yards on 15 carries and scored three TDs.
A 40-yard pass from running back Eric Enger to tight end Aaron Mortensen produced the other score.
Cheney 42, Riverside 21
The Blackhawks rallied from a 21-14 halftime deficit to keep the Rams winless in league.
Included were three touchdown runs by Shaun Hunley, who gained 127 yards on 12 carries.
Riverside junior quarterback Danny Leaf completed 14 of 31 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns.
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