Not much could overshadow Tyson Thielman’s 291 yards rushing Friday night.
The “Galloping Ghost” came close.
Scott McGlocklin, shrouded by a heavy fog that made it impossible to see across the field at Albi Stadium, followed Thielman’s effort with a 270-yard game, highlighted by a 99-1/2-yard touchdown run.
Thielman’s effort, the second-best rushing game in city history, included four touchdowns and lifted Gonzaga Prep to a 33-7 victory over University.
McGlocklin followed with three touchdowns in the sixth-best rushing day ever to lift Mead to the Greater Spokane League championship with a 19-3 victory over Lewis and Clark.
The doubleheader drew 3,185.
At Central Valley, Shadle Park stopped the Bears 30-14 by dominating the first quarter.
Shadle Park, LC and Prep are 4-2 with four teams making the playoffs. CV, 4-3, plays LC next week.
In a non-league game at Rogers, Pullman beat the Pirates 28-7.
Thielman, who didn’t become a running back until the second week of the season, ripped off touchdown runs of 35 and 57 yards as the Bullpups broke the game open in the fourth quarter.
“It’s starting to come a little easier,” Thielman said. “It’s easier to find the holes now. I’m still mostly a ‘north-south’ runner. I don’t have much cut in me, especially on the wet field.”
His two first-quarter touchdowns, both 5-yarders, were straight ahead, but the long ones included a couple exceptional cut backs.
The fog rolled in at the start of the second game.
McGlocklin opened it with a 34-yard TD on the fifth play. He added a second TD on Mead’s third possession, scoring early in the second quarter. At that point he had 120 yards, but then LC stiffened.
The Tigers, trailing 13-3, were deep in Mead territory twice in the fourth quarter but couldn’t score, Ryan Spidahl’s third interception inside the 1 snuffing the last threat. That’s when McGlocklin, known for his power, showed his speed. He took the ball in the end zone, was hit at the 1, bulled ahead to the 3, broke free and raced straight down field.
“We practice that every week on Thursday,” McGlocklin said. “I tell the coaches I’m going to do it in a game. That’s my one. It’s just to get out of the end zone. You just keep moving your feet. I just knew no one was going to catch me. Coach (Mike) McLaughlin would never let me hear the end of it.”
Shadle Park coach Mark Hester called the first half against CV, which the Highlanders led 21-7, the best his team has played in his two years.
“The line, on both sides of the ball, did a tremendous job,” he said.
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