The fates smiled on University High’s football team at last.
Following two years of hard-luck early season losses, the Titans got the breaks during Thursday’s 29-28 overtime victory against Shadle Park.
It might not have seemed that way early when an apparent Highlander fumble was waved off and Shadle went on to take a 6-0 lead.
“I thought, ‘Here we go again,”’ said U-Hi coach Mike Ganey.
Later, however, a botched extra point snap turned into Jake Roberts’s fortuitous catch for a Titan two-point conversion and 8-6 lead.
Nick Mattioda’s second-half running and a clutch catch by sophomore tight end Heath Pulver put U-Hi in front 15-12.
Roberts’s 20-yard reception got the Titans out of a hole and Mattioda rushed for 54 yards on three carries and a 22-15 lead.
After Shadle tied the game to force overtime, fate seemed to intervene again. U-Hi won the coin toss, forcing Shadle to work first from the 25 yard line in the tiebreaker.
The Highlanders missed an extra point following a touchdown on their series. Mattioda’s 25-yard run on the first play of the Titan possession, with sophomore guard Adam Vawter clearing the way, tied the score.
Although Kevin Mace also missed his extra point, a roughing the kicker penalty gave him a do-over and he made good.
U-Hi’s conditioning, said Ganey, paid off. Mattioda rushed for 124 second-half yards. Defenders Chris McMurtrey, Chris Wilkinson and twoway linemen Ryan Metcalf and Reggie Lee had big games.
And of course, it didn’t hurt to have some good fortune.
“I thought they got a break with the fumble, but I think we came away with the better end of the breaks and we’ll take them,” said Ganey. “We’re still due a few more going our way.”
Roller hockey champions
Valley Sports Arena roller hockey league recently determined its summer team champions.
In the four-team adult league the Yellow Subs captured the round-robin tourney championship with a 3-0 record.
Finishing second was Western Garnett. Brucchi’s took third and Spokane Independents were fourth.
During the summer, the Subs had compiled a league best 9-1 record.
Team members are Tim, Jeff and Todd Holman, Erik Golladay, James Sandberg, James McInerny, Mark Masterson, Matt Clinton, Richard Boettcher and Tony Skomes.
Winners of the four-team youth ball hockey league were the team of Cory Benton, Michael Davenport, Matt Miller and Cole Abramson with a 5-2-1 record for age 9 and under.
The team of P.J. Dudley, Kyle Birkenbuel and Kehlan Corn won the 10-14 age division with a 6-2 record.
Valley Sports Arena, 5420 N. Corrigan Road in Otis Orchards, is the only full-time roller hockey facility in Spokane, said owner Jerry Hughes.
“Roller hockey is one of the fastest growing in-line skating sports,” said Hughes. “A lot of guys are ex-ice hockey players.”
Five players, including goalie, are on the floor at any one time. All are required to wear helmets and pads, although USA In-Line Hockey Assoc. rules prohibit boarding or checking.
The arena hosted a 10-team adult and 6-team youth league last winter. Fall league will begin Oct. 14 and Hughes is taking registrations at 927-2255.
Jacobs on top at Valley View
Valley View Ladies Club golfer Joyce Jacobs was on top of her game last week.
Jacobs led A flight with a low gross 43 score. Other flight winners were Ellen Lentes with 55 in B and Melba Farrar with 64 in C.
Net winners were Nancy Wendelberg with 27 in A, Frieda Lemon with 29 in B and Florence Keller with 35 in C.