November 21, 2009 in Sports

West Valley downs Othello

By The Spokesman-Review
Dan Pelle photo

West Valley’s Mitch Peterson (24), left, is mobbed by teammates including Sam Schoesler (44) after Peterson caught a touchdown pass with Othello’s Matt Jordan (4) right, defending with just second remaining in the first half to give the Eagles an 8-7 lead.
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For a team making its first football playoff appearance in 22 years, the West Valley Eagles seemed uncommonly comfortable and composed Saturday afternoon – even during some extremely trying moments.

But no one held it together better than senior quarterback Drew Clausen, who threw for three touchdowns and then ran for another in overtime to lead the Eagles to a 28-22 win over Othello in the quarterfinals of the State 2A playoffs at Gonzaga Prep’s Bulldog Field.

The win moved unbeaten West Valley (12-0) into next Saturday’s semifinals, where it will face Ellensburg at Joe Albi Stadium. Game time has yet to be determined, but whenever they kick it off, look for the Eagles to be riding a confidence high after knocking off a veteran Othello team (9-3) that was making its 13th-straight playoff appearance after winning State 2A titles in 1997 and 2004.

Read more about this game in Sunday’s Spokesman-Review.

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