Dylan Ellsworth rushed for 120 yards and one touchdown and Sam Schoesler scored two touchdowns to help West Valley cap an unbeaten regular season with a 19-7 Great Northern League football win over visiting Cheney on Thursday.
The Eagles (10-0, 7-0) trailed 7-6 at half, but Schoesler hauled in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Drew Clausen to put West Valley on top 12-7 early in the third quarter. Less than 90 seconds later, Schoesler recovered a fumble and returned it 40 yards to give the Eagles a 12-point cushion.
Deangelo Jones had 143 yards passing and 62 yards rushing for the Blackhawks (5-5, 4-3).
•Elsewhere in the GNL: Clarkston (6-4, 5-2) clinched a playoff berth with a 21-13 home victory over Medical Lake (2-8, 0-7). Colby Hansen had a pair of rushing touchdowns and quarterback Brady Arnone and Taylor Marshall connected on an 81-yard scoring pass. The Cardinals closed within eight points in the fourth quarter on Devon Prince’s 15-yard touchdown reception. … Blake Sjordal had two rushing touchdowns and Jared Fisher’s 8-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter helped visiting Colville (6-4, 4-3) hold off Deer Park 18-15. Tevin Heins had two TDs and 204 yards rushing for the Stags (7-3, 4-3). … Cody Peterson passed for one touchdown and ran for another to lift visiting Pullman (3-7, 3-4) past Riverside 15-6. Chase Florez had 88 yards rushing and scored the lone touchdown for the Rams (4-6, 1-6).
•Non-league: Lewis and Clark scored three touchdowns in the second quarter and cruised to a 31-6 victory over Kennewick at Albi Stadium. The Tigers (6-4) recovered a fumble and Dakota Dubois’ interception and 40-yard return set up their first two touchdowns. Trent Robinson raced 85 yards to give LC a 24-0 lead at half. … Tyler Lehman’s 1-yard touchdown run gave visiting Rogers an early lead, but Richland scored the next 33 points and went on to a 47-15 victory. Lehman passed for 81 yards for the Pirates (1-9). Richland’s Jake McKinney ran for 158 yards.
•District 7 2A: Pullman punched its ticket to state with a 25-13, 25-18, 25-12 victory over Cheney. Jordan Levenseller’s 12 kills and Kara Weitz’s 13 assists led the Greyhounds, who will meet West Valley at 1 p.m. Saturday at East Valley High to determine the top two seeds to state. The Eagles, led by Bailey Wold’s 19 kills and 14 aces, defeated Colville 25-14, 26-24, 25-9. … Cheney, which earlier eliminated Riverside in five sets, faces Colville for the third seed to state. The Indians swept Clarkston as Erin Little had 10 kills and Leanna Carr distributed 30 assists.
•District 7 2B: Davenport, Reardan, Northwest Christian and Colfax posted key wins in matches at St. George’s. Katie Besneske and Kenzie Graber both had 10 kills as Davenport swept Springdale 25-12, 25-15, 25-13. … Colfax swept Lind-Ritzville 3-0 as Kayla Johnson had 13 kills and three aces, and her cousin Rachel Johnson had 13 assists and three aces. … Behind Sarah Batterton’s team-high in kills and blocks, Northwest Christian defeated Republic 25-21, 25-7, 25-13. … Bi-County No. 4 Reardan upset St. George’s, the Panorama League’s top seed, 25-27, 25-21, 25-19, 23-25, 18-16. Kelsey Moos paced the Indians with 18 kills and five aces. Aly Peone added 30 assists. On Saturday at St. George’s, Davenport faces Colfax and Northwest Christian takes on Reardan. The winners advance to state. … Lind-Ritzville bounced back to eliminate Springdale 25-23, 25-10, 25-20 and will face the loser of the Reardan-Northwest Christian match. St. George’s rebounded to edge Republic in five sets. Delaney Reynolds had 26 digs for the Dragons, who will take on the Colfax-Davenport loser.
•District 9 2B: At Dayton, Tekoa-Oakesdale won twice, 25-15, 25-21, 25-19 over Waitsburg-Prescott and 17-25, 25-20, 25-12, 25-21 over Dayton. Desi Chappell had 39 kills and Kaela Dewan 43 assists in the two victories. The winner of Liberty Christian-Pomeroy will meet Tekoa-Oakesdale on Saturday in Dayton. … Garfield-Palouse’s season came to an end after falling to Liberty Christian 25-20, 25-20, 25-11 and DeSales 25-17, 25-10, 25-12. Annie Leendertsen had 11 kills and two blocks against Liberty Christian. … Pomeroy advanced with a four-game win over DeSales.
•District 9 1B: At Colfax, St. John-Endicott rallied out of a seven-point first-set and defeated Colton 25-23, 25-17, 25-17. Kelly Van Lith had 10 kills and Trisha Luft 20 digs for the Eagles. Colton’s Makenzie Heaflet was credited with 12 blocks. St. John-Endicott will face LaCrosse-Washtucna at 2:30 Saturday in Dayton to determine the first two seeds to state. LaCrosse-Washtucna posted a 25-17, 25-19, 22-25, 25-16 victory over Tri-Cities Prep. In loser-out matches, Touchet tangles with Tri-Cities Prep and Rosalia meets Colton. … Earlier, Colton downed Touchet 25-16, 25-14, 25-20 and LaCrosse-Washtucna thumped Rosalia 25-6, 25-9, 25-12.
•District 7 2A: Cheney (16-1) and Pullman (16-2) clinched state berths with victories. The Blackhawks blanked visiting Deer Park 4-0 as Kellie Zakrzewski scored her 33rd goal of the season. Alyssa Kirstein and Nicole Fox added goals in Cheney’s 15th consecutive win. Pullman outlasted host West Valley 2-1 in a shootout. Rachel Sias scored for the Greyhounds. Jenae Martin connected from 30 yards out for the Eagles (12-4). On Saturday at Gonzaga Prep, Cheney and Pullman play at noon to determine the top two seeds, followed by West Valley versus Deer Park (8-9) at 2 p.m. for the No. 3 seed to state.
•District 7 1A: Kasey Ruboski’s goal in the 53rd minute propelled Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) past visiting Newport 2-1. Katie Baran also scored for the Eagles (6-7-1), who advance to state. The Grizzlies (11-4) were eliminated.
•2B/1B Regional: At Gonzaga Prep, St. George’s (12-3) topped Moses Lake Christian 1-0 and Riverside Christian edged Northwest Christian 2-1. Both winners advanced to state. They’ll meet today at 2 p.m. to determine the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds. Karl Muelheims scored in the 26th minute for the lone goal in the Dragons’ victory. Northwest Christian’s Brienna Taylor tied it at 1 with a goal early in the second half, but Riverside Christian countered with less than 2 minutes remaining. Northwest Christian (5-10) and Moses Lake Christian play at noon at G-Prep with the winner claiming the No. 3 seed to state.