With an emphatic effort versus its rival, unbeaten Ferris roared into next week’s Greater Spokane League football championship showdown with Gonzaga Prep assured a title tie, but with top playoff seeding on the line.
A promising Lewis and Clark drive to open the game Friday night at Joe Albi Stadium stalled in a snowstorm of sacks and set the tone of the 49-7 Saxon thumping of the Tigers in front of 3,080 fans.
Ferris scored two touchdowns in a 13-second span late in the first quarter and never turned back.
Jordan Tonani, who had been an afterthought in last week’s triumph over Mead, wasn’t overlooked in this one. He caught four passes for 54 yards and rushed for a touchdown in the first half as Ferris bolted to a 35-0 lead.
And once near the goalline, Kole Heidinger was tough to stop, scoring four times all told.
Ferris’ defense proved the early difference-maker. LC managed just 62 first half yards and ended the game with 48 net on the ground.
The Saxons moved the ball at will. Quarterback Ben Goodwin found Beau Bozett on a 69-yard pass-run for the final score of the first half. The Tigers fumbled away the ball after intermission at its 13 and trailed 42-0 before Jeff Livingston hit Matt Yadali for a 50-yard score, the only one for LC.
Ferris did most of its damage on the ground (213 yards on 43 attempts; Heidinger with 76 on 13 carries). Tonani added 41 more with his feet. Goodwin was an economical 9-for-10 through the air for 148 yards and two scores.
The Saxons (8-0) face the Bullpups (7-1) and record-setting running back Bishop Sankey in the regular season finale. The Tigers (3-5) fell out of playoff contention.
Central Valley 53, North Central 21: The Bears (5-3) locked up the third and final 4A play-in berth as they cruised at home over the Indians (2-6).
Running backs Brandon Garcia and Brandon McClung combined for 303 yards rushing and five touchdowns. Garcia finished with 156 on 16 carries and McClung had 147 on 23.
CV opened a 24-7 lead by halftime. McClung scored on runs of 4 and 45 yards and Garcia had an 8-yard TD to go with a 28-yard field goal from Austin Rehkow.
Mt. Spokane 48, Rogers 7: In the first game at Albi, the Wildcats (7-1) stayed in contention for the league title as they eased to victory.
Wildcats quarterback Carson Blumenthal threw for three TDs and ran for another. He completed 10 of 13 passes for 177 yards.
Blumenthal scored the game’s first TD on an 18-yard run.
Chase Naccarato also had a big game for the Wildcats, scoring on runs of 2 and 13 yards and hauling in a 50-yard TD pass from Blumenthal. He had 68 yards rushing to go with 77 receiving.
Sophomore Luke Rogers led the Pirates (0-3) with 75 yards rushing and 37 receiving.
University 42, Shadle Park 0: The Titans (4-4) tuned up for a 3A play-in game with the shutout at home.
Running back Jory Zettle continued to pick up yards in bunches, finishing with 215 on 34 carries. He scored on runs of 19 and 8 yards.
After a scoreless first quarter, U-Hi got untracked when Dustin Johnson caught a 16-yard pass from Connor Johnson.
That was followed by Thomas Wakem hauling in a 3-yard TD pass from Johnson.
The Titans held the Highlanders (0-8) to 141 yards total offense.
Shadle plays Rogers next week.
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