October 4, 1997 in Sports

G-Prep Dominates Ferris; Rogers Rebounds

By The Spokesman-Review
 

Greater Spokane League

Kevin O’Connell and Shane Wharton took giant steps toward earning All-Greater Spokane League honors on defense.

Not bad for the Gonzaga Prep starting backfield.

O’Connell, a senior quarterback, and Wharton, a senior fullback, battered Ferris for 334 punishing yards as the Bullpups stuffed the Saxons 21-0 at Albi Stadium Friday night.

“A great offense is the best defense,” Prep defensive coordinator H.T. Higgins said with a smile. “They controlled the clock.”

Indeed, Ferris only had two offensive possessions in the second half and the Bullpups’ real defense didn’t give the Saxons much of a chance to make it a game.

Rogers and Shadle Park concentrated on offense, and penalties, as the Pirates rolled to a 48-6 win in the second game. Mike Dorton rushed for 210 yards for the Pirates and the two teams combined for 13 penalties in the first half alone.

The doubleheader drew 3,955 fans - and 31 penalties for 260 yards in the two games.

Central Valley topped Kennewick 40-29 in a non-league game at CV. Mt. Spokane lost 58-26 in Pullman.

Gonzaga Prep 21, Ferris 0

With the defense holding the Saxons (1-3, 1-3) in check, the Bullpups (4-0, 3-0) iced the game with an amazing drive to open the second half.

Prep started on its own 31, overcame 45 yards of penalties, ran the ball 14 times not counting the five penalties, gained 114 yards and used up 8 minutes and 6 seconds en route to taking a 14-0 lead. O’Connell, who finished with 179 yards on 24 carries, and Wharton, who had 155 on 24, accounted for all the yardage. Wharton capped the drive with a 5-yard run.

“Oh my God,” Prep coach Don Anderson said after the Bullpups were penalized 14 times for 115 yards. “I’ll tell you what, we can’t have much of that. The defense just played well the whole ball game.”

On their first possession, the Bullpups went 80 yards in 4:35, taking a 7-0 lead on Wharton’s 9-yard scoring run. There were no penalties, just 10 Wharton or O’Connell running plays.

Prep finished with 432 yards on the ground. Meanwhile, the defense held Ferris to 63 yards rushing and 57 passing, pressuring Saxons quarterback Andre Adkins to a 6-of-18 night with two interceptions.

“We just played team defense,” sophomore linebacker Travis Pascoe said. “The coach says do your responsibility and the team will cover you. The key was staying in your zone and pressure from the defensive line. They did a great job, they kept making that cat scramble. That’s all we needed.”

Ferris 0 0 0 0 -0

Gonzaga Prep 7 0 7 7 -21

G-Wharton 9 run (Bettesworth kick) G-Wharton 5 run (Bettesworth kick) G-O’Connell 1 run (Bettesworth kick) F G First downs 10 20 Rushes-yards 25-62 61-432 Passing yards 57 10 Return yards 16 33 Passes 6-18-2 1-7-1 Punts-avg. 4-36.5 2-35 Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-0 Penalties-yards 2-20 14-115 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING - Ferris: Bozo 13-38, Sedler 7-35, Atkins 3-9, Dillon 1-1, team 1—21, Gonzaga Prep: O’Connell 24-179, Wharton 24-155, Ramirez 5-33, Pegg 2-21, Kendall 2-20, Gibbons 3-13, Hartnett 1-11, PASSING - Ferris: Atkins 6-18-2-57, Gonzaga Prep: O’Connell 1-7-1-10, RECEIVING - Ferris: Parker 3-1-30, Mayes 1-1-16, Servine 2-1-11, Gonzaga Prep: Ramirez 1-1-10.

Rogers 48, Shadle Park 6

The Pirates (2-2, 2-2) broke a 6-6 tie with the Highlanders (0-4, 0-4) on a 63-yard drive that included 40 penalty yards.

On their next possession, the Pirates scored despite facing a second-and-32 at one point.

Rogers had a 27-6 lead at the half behind Dorton’s 123 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Brett Oglesbee also hit Jeff Mace with a 16-yard touchdown pass and Dorton threw a 40-yard strike to Mace. The Pirates had 185 yards passing in the first half.

“I didn’t know how we’d rebound from last week,” Dorton said referring to a 47-14 loss to Central Valley. “We had to comeback and redeem ourselves or we might be done. We have a lot of young guys with potential. The line blew open holes. Shadle Park is a good team but tonight was our night.”

Dorton had a 72-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to finish his night. “I was down on myself,” he said. “I didn’t feel like I gave 100 percent last week. I let the team down. I wanted to come out and have a big game.”

Shadle Park 6 0 0 0 -6

Rogers 12 15 7 14 -48

R-Mace 16 pass from Ogelsbee (kick failed) S-Livingston 3 run (kick failed) R-Mace 40 pass from Dorton (kick failed) R-Dorton 5 run (Mace pass from Ogelsbee) R-Dorton 17 run (Gregorson kick) R-Dorton 72 run (Gregorson kick) R-Gregorson 9 run (Gregorson kick) R-Parratt 67 run (Gregorson kick) S R First downs 9 21 Rushes-yards 41-204 46-388 Passing yards 0 202 Return yards 26 84 Passes 0-5-0 10-19-1 Punts-avg. 6-38.2 1-30 Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-1 Penalties-yards 7-42.5 8-82 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING - Rogers: Dorton 24-210, Parratt 7-101, Anstrom 9-49, Clarke 3-17, Gregorson 1-9, Ogelsbee 2-2, Shadle Park: Snell 18-166, Peters 10-28, Livingston 6-17, Caballero 1-2, Richardson 2-2, Bishop 5—11, PASSING - Rogers: Ogelsbee 10-19-1-202, Shadle Park: Bishop 0-5-1-0, RECEIVING - Rogers: Mace 5-1-147, Bayne 2-1-21, Crowley 1-1-19, Clarke 2-1-15, Attendance: 3955.

Central Valley 40, Kennewick 29

Marc Hinkley scored a pair of touchdowns on a 5-yard fumble return and a 6-yard interception return to spark the Bears to a non-league win over the visiting Lions.

Central Valley’s Tyree Clowe rushed for 125 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns.

Clowe’s 5-yard TD run snapped a 21-21 tie in the third quarter.

Hinckley’s interception return with 8 minutes left in the game wrapped up the win for the Bears (4-0).

CV’s Garret Graham rushed for 98 yards on just six carries.

Kennewick 0 6 15 8 -29

Central Valley 14 7 6 13 -40

C-Adamson 1 run (Papich kick) C-Hinckley 5 fumble return (Papich kick) C-Adamson 1 run (Papich kick) K-Wagar 94 punt return (kick failed) K-Goodnight 19 run (Pratt run) K-Pratt 64 run (Wagar kick) C-Clowe 5 run (kick failed) C-Hinckley 6 interception return (run failed) C-Clowe 10 run (Papich kick) K-Bendewald 20 run (Pratt run)

Pullman 58, Mt. Spokane 26

The Greyhounds amassed 546 yards on offense and cruised to a non-league win over the visiting Wildcats.

Pullman’s Cole Sheridan ran for 136 yards on nine carries and scored a pair of touchdowns.

Greyhounds quarterback Aaron Linehan threw for 247 yards and three TDs.

Brian Bussiere had 16 rushes for 78 yards to lead Mount Spokane.

Mt. Spokane 0 13 0 13 -26

Pullman 22 15 14 7 -58

P-Sheridan 45 run (Sheridan pass from Linehan) P-Sheridan 27 (Brown kick) P-Morscheck 39 pass from Linehan (Brown kick) P-Linehan 4 run (Brown pass from Linehan) M-Wilson 5 pass from Clark (Snyder kick) M-McGlacklin 4 run (run failed) P-Linehan 1 run (Brown kick) P-Bray 24 pass from Linehan (Brown kick) P-Morscheck 35 pass from Linehan (Brown kick) M-Houge 2 run (Snyder kick) M-Bishop 22 fumble return (kick failed) P-Boone 13 run (Brown kick)

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