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Jordan Tonani of Ferris used a stiff-arm to separate himself from Central Valley defenders on this 60-yard touchdown run in Saxons’ 31-10 win.  (Jesse Tinsley)
Jordan Tonani of Ferris used a stiff-arm to separate himself from Central Valley defenders on this 60-yard touchdown run in Saxons’ 31-10 win. (Jesse Tinsley)

Versatile Saxon befuddles Bears in Ferris’ 31-10 win over CV

No, Jordan Tonani didn’t carry the water out during timeouts.

It just looked like the Ferris senior wide receiver/defensive back was everywhere Friday.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Tonani rushed for a touchdown, threw for a score and caught two passes for two more as the Saxons pulled away from the Central Valley Bears for a 31-10 Greater Spokane League football win before a crowd of 4,064 at Albi Stadium.

Tonani sprinted 60 yards for his first TD, breaking two tackles at midfield with a stiff arm, caught TD passes of 10 and 48 yards and threw a 66-yard TD pass to running back Kole Heidinger.

“It’s not every day you get to throw for one, run for one and receive two,” Tonani said. “It was a heckuva game. It’s all about the coaches, though. They prepared us really well for this game. We didn’t let up at all and it showed on the scoreboard.”

Tonani also was in on at least six tackles as a cornerback.

“Coach (Jim) Sharkey puts me in the best positions possible,” Tonani said, deflecting the praise. “He puts all of us in the best positions possible. He really did make me look good tonight.”

Tonani finished with 225 yards combined receiving, running and passing.

“He had a great night on both sides of the ball,” Sharkey said. “He’s a great player and we’ve got to try to isolate him and get him in situations to make plays.”

As productive as the Saxons (5-0) were on offense, they were just as efficient on defense. CV (3-2) scored only three points on offense, that coming on a well-struck 46-yard field goal by sophomore Austin Rehkow as time expired in the first half that pulled the Bears within 17-10.

CV’s TD came in the first quarter when linebacker Nick Lawrence intercepted a tipped pass and returned it 42 yards for a brief 7-3 Bears lead.

“Really, our defense only gave up three points,” Sharkey said. “We’ve been looking toward this game the last couple of weeks. The kids have gotten better each week. We’re going to need to get better next week.”

Ferris has a showdown for the conference lead with Mt. Spokane (5-0) Friday at Albi.

“This game tonight will hopefully go a long ways toward the playoffs, but next week should go a long ways to toward the league title,” Sharkey said. “Our kids know that. I think you’ll see a great game. I think it’s the two fastest teams in the league.”

The Saxons held CV to 21 yards rushing on 17 carries. The Bears got 183 yards passing from Gaven Deyarmin, but the Ferris secondary never gave up a big play.

Ferris began to pull away in the third quarter when, on third-and-1, Tonani took a pitch and found Heidinger behind CV’s secondary.

Then, after forcing CV to punt moments later, Tonani also got past CV’s secondary for a 48-yard TD connection with quarterback Ben Goodwin for the final score with 3:26 to go in the third period.

“I’m going to enjoy this one tonight, but we’re going to start getting ready for Mt. Spokane (today),” Tonani said. “They’re a heckuva football team.”

Mt. Spokane 42, University 23: The visiting Wildcats (5-0) scored three TDs in the third quarter to pull away from the Titans (1-4).

One of the TDs came on a 36-yard interception return by Tyler Green.

Wildcats quarterback Carson Blumenthal was his usually efficient self, completing 9 of 15 passes for 112 yards.

U-Hi’s Jory Zettle rushed for a season-high 227 yards on 32 carries and two TDs.

Gonzaga Prep 47, Rogers 7: Running back Bishop Sankey moved up two more spots on the league’s all-time rushing list to third (3,273 yards) as he rushed for 191 on 15 carries with four TDs as the Bullpups (4-1) ran away from the visiting Pirates (0-5).

The Bullpups welcomed back senior quarterback Shane Schmidlkofer, who suffered a separated shoulder in the second quarter of the season opener. He scored on a 43-yard run.

Mead 54, Shadle Park 7: The Panthers scored on all six of their first-half possessions and Wes Bailey returned an interception for a touchdown for a 37-0 lead by halftime.

Then Mead scored a TD on its first possession of the third quarter, and Marc David added a 31-yard field goal to extend the lead to 47-0. That set up a running clock the rest of the game under the 45-point mercy rule. David also had a 43-yard field goal.

Mead (3-2) held the Highlanders (0-5) to minus 24 yards rushing in the first half and zero yards in total offense. Shadle managed just 79 yards total offense in the game, minus-6 rushing.

Mead took advantage of a short field all game. Junior QB Andy Wetzel threw for 110 yards and two TDs.