Rosalia led 46-0 in Friday’s State B-8 quarterfinal when officials signaled an end to play.
Hold on, Lind said, there’s no 45-point mercy rule during state playoffs.
So play continued at Colfax High, and Lind showed no mercy during the final 20 minutes, scoring 34 unanswered points against Rosalia’s second-string defense.
But Rosalia’s first string had plenty of time to rest in preparation for next weekend’s B-8 semifinal. Top-ranked Rosalia (9-0) will meet Colton in an all-Southeast semi. Rosalia won the league meeting 66-44 on Oct. 24.
The Spartans, in the playoffs for the first time in four years, registered their first postseason win since 1987.
Lind (4-6) last made the playoffs in 1985 and ‘86. Both times the Bulldogs lost to Rosalia in the first round.
Rosalia senior Bill Lathrop rushed eight times and scored on half of his carries. Lathrop piled up 174 of the Spartans’ 284 rushing yards.
“They’re a pretty good team,” Lathrop said of Lind, “but there were certain plays their defense couldn’t handle.”
Rosalia entered halftime with a 207-48 edge in rushing yards. Lind won the final ground battle 336-284, feasting off Rosalia reserves.
Rosalia led 16-0 after 3:48, with Lathrop rambling 46 and 45 yards. Spartans first-teamers scored on every possession in which they held onto the ball. One lost fumble and one interception in the first half were the exceptions.
Lathrop’s final TD run, from the Bulldogs’ 40 with 7:50 left in the third quarter, appeared to be the end of the game. The officials and public address announcer said farewell to the crowd, but those in the know pointed out the state rules.
Rosalia coach Jim Hereford stuck with his substitutes as Lind accounted for 12 first downs and nearly 280 rushing yards in the remaining 20 minutes.
“It’s good to get the second team in there, but it was kind of a disappointing performance,” Lathrop said.
Lind senior Alex Alcocer, held to 28 rushing yards in the first half, finished with 109. Backup running back Adam Labes added 80 yards on three carries, and second-string quarterback Mitch Fode 62 yards on two carries.
The teams’ passing games combined on a 1-for-10 performance, for 3 yards and two interceptions.
Rosalia senior Scott DeGon rushed for 72 yards on 10 carries. DeGon and his brother, Dan, transferred from Liberty when their mother was hired by the Rosalia district.
“Having them come from Liberty filled in some spots,” said Lathrop, a three-year Spartan who played in Spokane until ninth grade. “We also have a unity we haven’t had before.”
The game, slowed by 17 penalties, stretched nearly 3 hours. Lind had 10 infractions, seven on procedure calls.
The Bulldogs are 0-4 in playoff games. Rosalia last advanced to the semifinals in 1985, losing the title game to Almira/Coulee-Hartline.
Rosalia 46, Lind 34
Lind 0 0 14 20 - 34
Rosalia 24 6 16 0 - 46
R-Lathrop 46 run (S.DeGon run)
R-Lathrop 45 run (S.DeGon run)
R-Slemp 62 punt return (S.Degon run)
R-Lathrop 16 run (run failed)
R-S.DeGon 23 run (Heinemann run)
R-Lathrop 40 run (Workman run)
L-Al.Alcocer 21 run (J.Huitron run)
L-Williamson 1 run (pass failed)
L-Labes 38 run (run failed)
L-Wills 6 run (pass failed)
L-Fode 54 run (Labes run)
Colton 50, Columbia 32
Nick Bates rushed for 278 yards on 16 carries to guide the Wildcats (7-3) over the Lions (6-3) at Medical Lake.
Bates scored on runs of 91 and 71 yards, and also caught a 53-yard TD pass from Brian Busch.
Busch, 3 for 5 for 143 yards, connected with Brian Keller two times for 90 yards.
Columbia 0 6 12 14 - 32
Colton 16 12 8 14 - 50
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