On postseason life support and needing a miracle, preseason Greater Spokane League football favorite Ferris got one last week.
Tuesday night at Albi Stadium, the Saxons made the most of their second chance in a mini-game tiebreaker series that resurrected state playoff hopes.
Ferris defeated first Gonzaga Prep 14-7, then University 10-0 to earn the third and final GSL berth to state-qualifying games against the Columbia Basin Big Nine.
The team travels Friday to unbeaten CBBN No. 2 seed, Wenatchee for a 7 p.m. game in the Apple Bowl. In other state play-in games, Mead plays Southridge Friday at Albi, the second game of a doubleheader that begins with GSL champion Mt. Spokane against Sunnyside in a 3A contest.
On Saturday, Central Valley plays Kamiakin at 3 p.m., also at Albi.
“Starting on Friday, we get the miracle there,” Ferris coach Jim Sharkey said. “I still don’t know how the tiebreakers work, but it worked in our favor. Then this came up. We’re in the final 32 and anything can happen.”
The “miracle” he referred to was South Hill rival Lewis and Clark’s comeback at Gonzaga Prep a week after the Tigers had seemingly eliminated all hope that Ferris would be in this position for the fourth straight year.